A qualified chartered accountant, Jeremy has a background in manufacturing, international trade and agriculture. He was elected MP for Stafford in 2010 and re-elected in 2015. He has been a member of the International Development Committee since 2010 and the Joint Human Rights Committee since 2015. He chairs the All Party Parliamentary Groups on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases, and on Tanzania, as he is also Chairman of the Board of the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank and IMF.
From 1989 to 2000, he and his family lived in Tanzania where he worked in the coffee industry. On returning to the UK, he helped to establish a business sourcing and processing coffee and organic cocoa from smallholder farmers in East and West Africa. He believes in tackling poverty through enterprise and job creation and co-founded Equity for Africa which provides equity-type funding for small businesses.
Jeremy has served as a councillor and as cabinet member for resources in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire as well as on the Independent Monitoring Board of a Young Offenders Institution and as a school governor.