Gavin was elected as the MP for Croydon Central on 6th May 2010.
He’s lived in Croydon virtually his whole life, growing up in Shirley and going to Trinity School on a full scholarship. He was the first person in his family to go to university, studying Natural Sciences at Trinity College, Cambridge.
Before becoming an MP, Gavin worked for the Conservative Party, serving as its Chief Operating Officer between between October 2003 and May 2006, and had his own consultancy business. He also served as a Croydon councillor from 1998 to 2010.
He is married to Karen, who works for the NHS as a speech and language therapist based at Applegarth Academy in New Addington and Woodside Health Centre. They have three young boys: Jack, Sam and Jamie.
He's proved a hard-working and effective MP:
- securing £25 million from the Government and Boris to rebuild our town after the riots;
helping to bring Westfield and Hammerson to Croydon;
- introducing the Mental Health (Discrimination) Act 2013 to improve the lives of those with mental health conditions;
- winning more funding for our schools and local hospital; and
- helping to introduce Lillian's Law - named after his 14 year-old constituent Lillian Groves, who was killed outside her home in New Addington by a driver who had taken illegal drugs - to tackle the menace of drug driving.
He is particularly passionate about raising standards in our schools so that all children get the great start in life that he got. He’s given work experience to nearly 200 local young people over the last five years.
Following his election as an MP, Gavin was elected to the Science & Technology Select Committee and the Executive of the 1922 Committee, which represents backbench Conservative MPs.
In December 2011, he had to resign from these positions when he was appointed the Parliamentary Private Secretary to Greg Clark, the then Minister for Cities & Decentralisation.
In September 2012, he was appointed the Parliamentary Private Secretary to Michael Gove, the then Secretary of State for Education.
In October 2013, the Prime Minister asked Gavin to join the Government as a Government Whip.
In July 2014, he was promoted to Lord Commissioner of Her Majesty’s Treasury, a fancy title for a senior Government Whip.
But as far as he is concerned, his most important role will always be as the Member of Parliament for his home town, fighting to ensure it gets a fair deal from government and trying to represent all the different communities that call Croydon home.