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“It has been an enormous privilege to make my home in East Surrey, to start my family here, and to have served as your Member of Parliament over the last five years. I am proud to have been able to represent our community at the highest levels of Government, working closely with the Prime Minister as part of his team in Downing Street getting our country back on track.

My mother, who brought up three of us on her own, taught me that education was the best passport for life; I was delighted to previously have the opportunity to serve as an Education Minister, working to improve early years support as well as children and young people’s mental health services. And with a background in banking and small business before entering parliament, I am passionate about supporting the enterprise and endeavour of our thriving business communities in Tandridge and Horley. It is now a great honour to serve as the Minster for Prisons and Probation, working to deliver an ambitious reform program. 

These values of hardwork, aspiration and giving back are the ones I hope to pass on to my children, and shape the work I do as your MP.”


Sam Gyimah: biography

  • Sam is the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for East Surrey and had been the Member of Parliament for the past 7 years. First elected in 2010, Sam was returned to the House of Commons in 2015 with an increased majority.
  • Sam is the Minister for Prisons and Probation. Previously Sam has been the Minister for Childcare, the Minister for the Constitution, a Government Whip, and Parliamentary Private Secretary to former Prime Minister David Cameron.
  • Prior to entering Parliament, Sam worked in banking and as an entrepreneur developing businesses in the training, recruitment and internet sectors, winning CBI entrepreneur of the future in 2005.
  • He has served as governor of an inner London school and is a Vice-President of Young Epilepsy in Lingfield.
  • Sam is married and has two children.