Sam Gyimah

MP for East Surrey

Sam Gyimah was elected as the Member of Parliament for East Surrey in May 2010. He was appointed as a Government Whip in October 2013, having previously been Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Prime Minister. His interests include the economy, education, planning and the local environment as well as International Development issues.

Sam was born in Beaconsfield, Berkshire but spent ten years of his childhood in Ghana, after his mother, a nurse, moved after she separated from his father and brought up her three children on her own. Sam was educated at a state school in Ghana and a comprehensive college in Hertfordshire before going on to earn a place at Somerville College, Oxford University, where he read Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He worked in the City for five years before leaving to use his experience to help build and develop a number of small businesses in the training, recruitment and internet sectors. He was voted CBI Entrepreneur of the Future in 2005.

Having served as School Governor of an inner London school and on the Board of a housing association, he then decided to take the plunge into politics, motivated by the positive role education had played in his own life and his desire to make that possible for all.

He is a supporter of a number of local charities including the Tandridge District Voluntary Council and St Catherine’s Hospice, and in 2008 ran the London marathon for the Down’s Syndrome Assocation.

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