David is married with two sons and two grandchildren. He lives in the Barnehurst Ward of the Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency.
He was educated at grammar school, and studied Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
David is an active member of St Paulinus Church in Crayford. He is a Friend of the Greenwich and Bexley Hospice, and a Patron of Townley Grammar School for Girls. He is an active supporter of the Bexleyheath and District Club for the Disabled, and the BCU Life Skills Centre. David enjoys the cinema, 1960s pop music, travel and visiting National Trust properties.
David was elected to Parliament in 1983 for the Erith and Crayford constituency. He remained the MP until the seat was redrawn at the 1997 General Election. During his time in the House of Commons he was a member of the Select Committee on Education, Science and the Arts (1986-92) and served as a Parliamentary Private Secretary in the Education Department, the Welsh Office and the Home Office during the 1992-97 Parliament.
He returned to Parliament as the MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford in 2005. During this Parliamentary session, he was an Opposition Whip for over three years, before serving as Shadow Minister for Further and Higher Education from January 2009 until May 2010.
David was then re-elected at the 2010 and 2015 General Elections. He served as the Parliamentary Private Secretary to Rt Hon Michael Gove MP (Secretary of State for Education) between May 2010 and September 2012, and was appointed a Minister in the Government Whips Office (Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury) in 2012. From January until July 2016, he covered the maternity leave of Tracey Crouch MP, and was therefore the Acting Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Sport, Tourism and Heritage.
Prior to his election to Parliament, he worked as a secondary school teacher, an insurance broker, and a lecturer in management.
If you have an issue that you would like to discuss with David, you can find his contact details here.
Political Hero: Margaret Thatcher
Singers: Dusty Springfield/Sting/Annie Lennox
Novel: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John Le Carre
Poem: If by Rudyard Kipling
Film: The Italian Job 1969
Five favourite tracks:
- Goin’ Back – Dusty Springfield
- There Must Be An Angel – Eurythmics
- Fields of Gold – Sting
- West End Girls – Pet Shop Boys
- When We Were Young – Adele