Brandon Lewis was elected as Member of Parliament by the people of Great Yarmouth for the first time in May 2010. He took the seat from the Labour Party with a swing of 8.7%. In 2015, Brandon was re-elected with a substantially increased majority of 6,154. In June 2017, he was re elected again wth another increased majority and a swing to Conservatives of 11.2%.
In September 2012, Brandon promoted by the Prime Minister to Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government. In this position, Brandon had responsibility for local councils, as well as community pubs and the fire service.
In July 2014, the Prime Minister promoted Brandon to become Minister of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government with responsibility for Housing and Planning. He retained this role after the 2015 General Election and successfully piloted the Housing & Planning Bill through the House of Commons.
Following Theresa May’s appointment as Prime Minister in July 2016, Brandon was asked to become Minister of State at the Home Office with responsibility for the Police & Fire services.
On 29th September 2016 the British Government announced that Her Majesty The Queen had approved Brandon’s appointment to the Privy Council. This appointment means Brandon now has the title “The Right Honourable.”
At the General Election in 2017, Brandon was re-elected for the Great Yarmouth constituency with an increased majority, over Labour, of 7973, securing over 54% of the vote. In the subsequent government reshuffle the Prime Minister appointed Brandon to the Home Office as Minister of State and appointed him be a member of her Cabinet.
Professionally, Brandon originally qualified as a barrister and has a BSc Economics and LLB Hons (Law) from the University of Buckingham and an LLM in Commercial Law from King’s College London. In 2014, Brandon was asked to join the Council of the University of Buckingham, which he has recently stood down from due to his Government work.
Married with two children, Brandon relaxes in his limited free time by enjoying a variety of sports with a focus on triathlon, reading, his dogs and occasionally going to the cinema. Always ready to take a personal challenge he completed the London Marathon in 2005 and 2008 and took up triathlon in 2011 (with his latest being Hever Castle in September 2016). He has also been a trustee, until summer 2017, of the British Triathlon Trust.
Before joining the government, Brandon was an active member of a number of All Party Parliamentary Groups including those for Enterprise Zones and Local Growth as well as Local Government, Greyhound Racing and the Film group. He was Co-Chair of a group on Coastal Erosion and continues to work with colleagues who represent other coastal towns to highlight common issues in their constituencies.