One of South Holland District Council’s fresh intake of young Tories – Spalding businessman Harry Drury – has been a campaigner since he was a young lad.
Now Harry has a foot on the first rung of the political ladder, he readily admits he would not rule out becoming an MP one day.
Harry (28) says: “I joined Pedals cycle action group just before my 12th birthday and played an active role within the group to find ways to make South Holland a safer place for cyclists, increase the awareness of road safety and encourage cyclists to abide by the law.
“Due to my age, the group benefited from having a different perspective and from encouraging younger people to get involved. I also sang in the Parish Church Choir and volunteered on Saturdays and in the school holidays at a local veterinary surgery.”
He first ran for council in Spalding St John’s four years ago, but this time around he topped the poll in Spalding St Mary’s – beating council leader Gary Porter.
Harry, a father of three married to Sarah, has been in business in Spalding since 2009. He’s a director of We’ll Let Your House – which won a business award in 2011 – and of Thomas Campbell Estate Agents in Boston, which he founded in March 2013.
In 2013, he also founded Spalding’s Give a Gift Campaign – which meant less fortunate children received presents at Christmas and says that’s the community event of which he’s most proud.
Although he may climb the political ladder one day, Harry is staying focused on the new “job” in hand.
He said: “I would certainly not rule out an ambition to be an MP but, at this stage, I wish to remain focused on developing my skills as both a ward and district councillor.”