Public Affairs: Lobbying Target - Adam Afriyie, shadow minister for innovation and science

The Conservative Party's first black MP could have a bright future ahead of him after surviving the expenses row with his reputation intact.

Ten-second biography

Afriyie was elected as MP for Windsor in 2005 and promoted to his current role in 2007, having sat on the science and technology select committee. He is a regular fixture at big Tory fundraisers.

What's his background?

Born in Wimbledon to a white English mother and a black Ghanaian father, he was educated at grammar school and Imperial College, London. After graduating he went into business. In 2005 he sold his controlling interest in DeHavilland Information Services to Emap.

Where does hit sit politically?

In the 2005 Tory leadership contest, he did not publicly reveal for whom he would be voting, but he has since emerged as a leading supporter of Project Cameron.

Is he one to watch?

Yes. The Tories have high hopes for Afriyie and he is thought to be part of David Cameron's favoured circle. Furthermore, he is one of the few MPs to have survived the expenses row untarnished.

Something I might not have known

Afriyie was a regional finalist in the 2003 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards.

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