James was an MP for Kingston & Surbiton from 2015 to 2017.
As an MP he sat on the Home Affairs Select Committee and is also Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils.
The son of a primary school special needs teacher and a College Principal, James is passionate about improving social aspiration through education, something he highlighted in his maiden speech.
After growing up in Canterbury, James studied law at University College, London and Harvard Law School. James worked as a self-employed barrister for eight years prior to becoming an MP, specialising in healthcare and police law, and in particular prosecuting police misconduct and corruption, and also began to volunteer as a dining companion at Kingston Hospital on moving to Surbiton, an activity he continues to enjoy as an MP.