Before the election James was a solicitor, working in Stockton and Darlington and practising Company law. He was born in North Tees Hospital, lives in Eaglescliffe and went to school in Yarm, giving him strong local roots and a better understanding of the issues concerning residents across the area.
After leaving school he read law at Durham University and on graduating went on to complete the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in York before training to be a solicitor with a regional firm, working in Newcastle, Durham and Darlington. Whilst at University James was an active member of the Officers Training Corps.
Between autumn 2002 and early 2007 James was Chairman of the Stockton Conservative Party.
Through his involvement with politics James has campaigned and worked throughout Stockton South, from fighting for a new school in Ingleby Barwick, to playing a part in the campaign to save Parkview care home in Thornaby and to prevent the relocation of Ian Ramsey School in Stockton itself.
James places a high value on individual freedoms, believing that we need sensible and controlled government and that our public services must be properly funded and efficiently run. He has always been proud of our nation, its history and its diversity and has a particular interest in defence matters and the armed forces as well as regional economic regeneration.
In the 2005 local elections James stood as the Conservative Candidate in Bishopsgarth and Elm Tree Ward in Stockton, as well as working to support Conservative Candidates across the Borough and playing a key role in the Campaign Team of James Gaddas, the 2005 Conservative Parliamentary Candidate.