After a time working in the family farming business, he gained nine years political campaign experience with the Conservative Party, and was Head of Press under Michael Howard between 2003 and the 2005 General Election. He was David Cameron’s Press Secretary from June 2005 until the end of 2007.
He was elected as MP for Camborne, Redruth and Hayle in May 2010 and has championed economic regeneration in Cornwall. He was a member of the Environment and Rural Affairs Select Committee on which he concentrated on a variety of issues including water poverty in rural areas and dangerous dog legislation. In Parliament he has supported reform of the Agricultural Wages Board and the establishment of a Groceries Code Adjudicator, as well as speaking in debates on the Common Fisheries Policy. He has also presented a Private Members Bill giving new protection to borrowers who offer lenders a security interest over their assets and has been involved in cross-party negotiations following the Leveson Inquiry.
In April 2013 he was appointed onto the Downing Street Policy Board, with responsibility for Energy and the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Whilst with the Board he presented a variety of new policy ideas, including methods of water pricing reform. In October he was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for DEFRA.