Since I was a baby, I have visited India, where my family are from so I've been able to see the benefit that can come from helping the most vulnerable and poorest people at the world. At University, where I read Economics, I was able to study Development Economics and developed a passion for International Development and policies to improve opportunities for people around the world.
One of my first jobs in Parliament was for the Conservative Friends of International Development (CFID). CFID works to promote effective international development and Conservative values. We aim to encourage enterprise, opportunity and aspiration for every family, no matter where they live; to foster a UK international development policy that tackles the causes and consequences of absolute poverty; and to encourage our members to speak out about the value delivered to Britain by effective aid, free trade and conflict prevention.
CFID was set up as forum through which Conservative Party supporters with an interest in international development could come together, share ideas and act together to promote effective international development. CFID launched at the 2011 Conservative Party Conference and has since organised a series of debates, receptions, and networking events. Speakers have included Bill Gates, Richard Curtis, Michael Howard, John Humphrys, Bob Geldof and Justine Greening.
As an officer for CFID, I work with the team to organise panel events, fundraisers an networking events. Learn more about CFID here.