It is important to Craig to be as accessible to his constituents as possible. He therefore holds regular surgeries by appointment, open surgeries (no appointment needed), street stalls and ‘Meet your MP’ evenings around the Calder Valley. Click here to check if you are a constituent.
If you have a specific issue which you require help with, you can call his office on 01484 711260 for advice and possibly a surgery appointment if you need one. Quite often we can assist with your enquiry without requiring a meeting, or do some of the ‘leg work’ in advance of one.
As a Member of Parliament I’m best able to assist with matters for which Parliament or central government is responsible such as taxation, benefits, immigration etc, but will aim to advise on all issues and signpost you to where you can best get help with any other issues, for example, with local Council matters.
Call the Constituency Office on 01484 711260 to book and for venue details. Prior to booking, we will need to know additional information in order to assist you with your enquiry.
Friday 30th June – Todmorden
Tuesday 25th July – Brighouse
Friday 8th September – Halifax
Friday 6th October – Todmorden
Friday 3rd November – Brighouse
Friday 1st December – Halifax
No appointment necessary, just come along and have a chat (NB: please contact us to check availability as these dates are subject to change):
Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th April – Brighouse Spring Market – 10am – 5pm
Friday 19th May – Tesco Brighouse – 1pm – 3pm
Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th June – Brighouse 1940s Weekend – 10am – 4pm
Friday 16th June – Todmorden Morrisons – 10am – 12pm
Saturday 17th June – Rastrick Fire Station – 10am – 12pm
Craig was born in 1962 in Radcliffe, Lancashire. He emigrated to Australia at the age of five with his parents and stayed until he completed his higher school certificate and began his professional career. In 1984, he returned to live in Yorkshire.
Craig has significant experience of working in the private sector in retail management before he became an MP. He was the branch manager at Wilkinsons for six years and then became the retail general manager for PC World for an eleven year period until 2009.
Craig was also active in local politics for a significant period of time. Between 1998 and 2003 he was a member of Heptonstall Parish Council. He was then elected in 2003 to serve the Brighouse ward on Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council and then for Rastrick from 2007 to 2011. He was the Lead Member for Children’s Services from 2007 to 2010.
He was voted into Parliament to represent the Calder Valley on the 6th May 2010 with a majority of 6,431. Craig was successfully re-elected at the 2015 General Election where he increased both his vote and his share of the vote compared with 2010. Craig is a pro-active and hard working MP.
In Parliament, Craig takes a keen interest in those issues which affect his constituents in Calder Valley and he spends much of his time discussing local matters and specific individual cases on behalf of his constituents with Government Ministers. Craig has also served as the Private Parliamentary Secretary (PPS) to James Brokenshire MP, Minister of State for Immigration in 2015-16. This role gave Craig an excellent insight into the immigration system and the work of the Government in reducing the levels of net migration. In 2016 he was appointed to the role of Private Parliamentary Secretary to Karen Bradley, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.
His voting record is above average for MPs and he attends and votes in the majority of Parliamentary debates. His areas of specialism include Education and Looked After Children and Young People. He was a member of the Education Select Committee from 2010-2015 during which time he actively participated in a number of All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) relating to Looked After Children and Young People. Craig was the Chair of the APPG for Looked After Children between 2012- 2015 and continues to sit on the APPG for Street Children as well as co-chairing the APPG for Sexual Violence in Conflict.
Craig also founded and has chaired local Calderdale charity, TLC – Together for Looked After Children, since March 2010 and from 2016 became its President. TLC focuses on improving educational and vocational opportunities and outcomes for looked after children in Calderdale. Its aim is to ensure that looked after children get the same options and success as other children, such as progress into higher education.
Here in the Calder Valley, Craig is involved with dozens of local community groups and projects throughout the different areas of the constituency. Craig enjoys visiting local businesses, schools and voluntary organisations and seeing the fantastic work that these do and the positive benefits that they bring to the different areas of the valley.
Craig is an open and accountable MP. His expenses and budgets are all outlined on this website. He holds a large number of surgeries for constituents to speak to him about any issues or government policies. With the help of a team of Parliamentary staff in his Brighouse office, Craig responds to individual cases about a range of issues including benefits problems, issues with the CSA, crime and immigration.
Away from politics, Craig enjoys getting involved in the local community and spending time with his family. He has three children, Lee, Sophie and Bethannie.
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