Dan Byles: Member of Parliament for North Warwickshire & Bedworth
Former soldier Dan Byles is the MP for North Warwickshire & Bedworth, and stood successfully at the 2010 general election.
Dan comes from an ordinary background, and he believes strongly that we need more ordinary people in Parliament. Not more lawyers and career politicians, but people who have had real jobs and have lived in the real world.
Dan’s parents separated when he was young, leaving Dan and his sister to be brought up for a time by their mother alone. She opened a small shop, and Dan and his sister used to work for their pocket money. Dan was lucky enough to have opportunities that too many still don’t have. He is the first member of his family to stay on at school beyond 16, and the first member of his family to go to university.
After University Dan served in the Army for nine years, initially with the Light Infantry and then as a Medical Support Officer in the Royal Army Medical Corps. He completed operational tours in Kosovo and Bosnia, and served in the MOD during the Iraq invasion. At one point Dan was the youngest serving Major in the British Army at 27.
“When I served in the Army, I was taught that integrity and moral courage are two of the most important qualities of leadership. We desperately need some integrity and plain speaking in Parliament.
“Labour had their chance, and they failed. They became morally bankrupt, and thanks to Brown the country is financially bankrupt too. His solution to every problem has been to spend more of OUR money and to leave the country groaning with debt.”
You can download Dan's Declaration of Interest by clicking the link below: