Local-born Lee Rowley was elected as North East Derbyshire's Member of Parliament on 8th June 2017.
The roots to represent North East Derbyshire
Born in the old Scarsdale Hospital in 1980, Lee was born and brought up in North Derbyshire. His family home has been near the park in Hasland for the past 40 years and he is a past pupil of St. Peter and Paul's, Hasland Infants, Hasland Juniors and St. Mary's High School, where he was head boy in 1999. Lee is a past member of Hasland cubs and swam for the town for over 10 years as a member of Chesterfield Swimming Club, training at Queen's Park, Middlecroft and Brookfield pools.
Lee spent 20 years in the family business, helping his mum and dad six days a week deliver milk to houses and businesses in Hasland, Grassmoor and Chesterfield. He could usually be found, before school, working along with his brother to deliver around the Market Hall before catching the bus to go to school in Newbold.
Lee comes from a mining family with a long history in our area. Both of his grandfathers were miners at pits in the area, including Westhorpe and Shirebrook, and his great aunt used to run the post office in Renishaw.
The experience to represent North East Derbyshire
Strongly believing that MPs need to understand the world of business, prior to his election Lee spent fifteen years working across the energy, education and financial sectors. Just before his election he had recently moved jobs and worked as a Senior Manager for an insurance company, commuting to Manchester and back from Chesterfield train station.
Over the past five years, Lee has been involved in many campaigns across North East Derbyshire including fighting to stop the fracking proposals in Bramleymoor Lane, holding the local Council to account for their failure to put in place a plan to protect our area from bad housebuilding and supporting residents in making their towns and villages better. Lee also regularly speaks in local schools on how important politics is and the importance of voting.
Lee also has extensive experience of government and the public sector. He was previously a Councillor for eight years, including four as a Cabinet Member with responsibility for budgets up to £80 million and has also previous written for a leading think tanks on welfare and housing.
In addition to his duties in North East Derbyshire and when in Parliament, Lee serves on the Public Accounts Select Committee which holds the Government to account on value for money and waste. He is also a member of a number of All Party Parliamentary Groups and chairs the APPGs on the Impact of Shale Gas and Alternative Lending.
The commitment to North East Derbyshire
Since being elected, Lee has made it a priority to get out and about around North East Derbyshire as much as he is able. If you would like Lee to come to your local group, or would like to meet at one of his regular surgeries or open meetings, please just drop us a line at email@example.com.