About Peter

 

Peter Heaton-Jones was elected Member of Parliament for North Devon in 2015 and was re-elected on June 8th 2017. Prior to this he had a thirty-year career as a broadcaster, journalist and media professional in the UK and Australia. His involvement in politics began in 2007  when he was appointed policy advisor and press secretary in the New South Wales Parliament. Returning to the UK, Peter worked for the Conservative Party leading up to the 2010 general election. He then managed the constituency office for two southwest MPs, as well as serving as a borough councillor and school governor. Following his election as North Devon's MP in 2015, Peter was appointed to the Environmental Audit Select Committee as part of his work on this committee, among other things, he helped bring about the Plastic Microbead Ban. In July 2016 he was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary at the Department for Work & Pensions.   After increasing his vote share in the 2017 General Election Peter was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Rt Hon David Gauke, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice.  His priority is to fight for a fairer share of public spending for North Devon, including improvements to the transport network and the safeguarding of NHS services. In 2017 Peter helped secure £83 million in Government Investment into the vital North Devon Link Road. Peter lives near South Molton, at the heart of the constituency.