Long-serving Member of Parliament originally elected to represent Bosworth in Leicestershire in 1987. He is a member of the Conservative Party.
He earned an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town.
He has garnered some controversy due to his strong advocacy of alternative medicine, having served as the Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Integrated Healthcare.
He has a daughter and a son.
He and Robin Walker have both served as Conservative Members of Parliament.