INSIGHT PUBLIC AFFAIRS: Adam Afriyie MP, Shadow Minister of State for Innovation and Science

The first black Conservative MP and a millionaire entrepreneur, Afriyie has represented the prosperous seat of Windsor since 2005. Born and raised in London by an English mother and Ghanaian father,

Afriyie is an experienced Party activist whose success in the business world, he is reported to have made a £13 million fortune, makes him well suited to his current role as Shadow Minister for Innovation and Science.

Soon after his election, Afriyie joined the Children, Schools and Families Select Committee until 2007 before joining the Science and Technology Select Committee and being appointed Shadow Minister for Innovation and Science. Alongside this role, David Cameron has asked Afriyie to research innovation across the public sector, particularly the role of IT across Whitehall.

Afriyie studied agricultural economics at Imperial College before founding Connect Support Services, an IT support services company which he ran between 1993 and 2003. He then became a non-executive Chairman of the company to allow him to concentrate on his political career. 2003 also saw Afriyie nominated for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Afriyie has also been Chairman of DeHavilland Information Services between 1998 and 2005 and was a Board member of influential think-tank Policy Exchange between 2003 and 2005 where he worked on policy to simplify and streamline the tax, benefits and pensions systems. Afriyie spent six years as Governor of the Museum of London, a position appointed by Tony Blair, and continues to be a Trustee of the museum. He was formerly the London regional Chairman of ‘Business for Sterling’ and the ‘No to the Euro’ campaign.

As MP for Windsor, Afriyie has been particularly active around the expansion of Heathrow Airport and the subsequent noise pollution. He has said he would fight tooth and nail to prevent an increase in flights. Afriyie has a bright future ahead of him with senior Tory MP Francis Maude stating he Afriyie could go all the way to Number Ten.

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