Peter Heaton-Jones was elected Member of Parliament for North Devon in 2015. 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 and the Bill Committee for the Welfare Reform & Work Act. In July 2016 he was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary at the Department for Work & Pensions. 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. Peter lives near South Molton, at the heart of the constituency.