Peter was born in Billericay in Essex in 1952 and was educated at Westcliff-on-Sea Grammar School. He lives in Wellingborough and is a chartered accountant by profession, having qualified in 1977. He has also run both a public company and a family business.
Peter is heavily involved in the local community. He is the founder of the Listening to Wellingborough and Rushden Campaign which has been helping local residents and local groups since 2001. Peter is the Leader of HealthWatch and is a Save Our Schools (SOS) campaigner.
A former Councillor and School Governor, Peter is also a former voluntary board member of Rockingham Forest Housing Association. He has a huge interest in the local community and works hard to listen and represent local people.
A keen sportsman, Peter plays cricket for a local team and is a member of Wellingborough Golf Club. Peter has run in the London Marathon on many occasions, raising thousands of pounds for charity; recent beneficiaries have been Crimestoppers, the British Heart Foundation, and the local St John Ambulance. Peter regularly worships at St Mary’s Church, Rushden, and is a former member of the Parochial Church Council.
Peter is an elected member of the 1922 executive and was elected to the inaugural Backbench Select Committee in 2010. In the summer of 2010, he was appointed to the Chairman’s panel. Peter is also the Co-Chairman of the APPG on Human Trafficking.
Peter was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Wellingborough in 2005, re-elected in 2010 with a large majority and again in 2015 with a further increase in his majority.