Craig Tracey was born in Durham and attended the city’s Framwellgate Moor Comprehensive School. His family come from a mining background in the North East.
Craig started his own Insurance Brokerage business which he ran for 20 years before being elected as member of Parliament for his home constituency of North Warwickshire.
He lives in Shuttington, near Polesworth, and moved to North Warwickshire in 1997 where he met his wife Karen.
In the build up to the 2015 General Election the Financial Times described him as "the sort of candidate who hardly happens these days... totally apolitical until seven years ago when he became increasingly incensed by the effect on his business of EU regulations and Labour indifference".
Local businessman Craig polled 20,042 votes in the 2015 General Election, a total of 42.3% of the vote. Despite North Warwickshire being Labour’s number one target seat, Craig significantly increased outgoing MP Dan Byles’ majority from just 54 votes to 2973 in one of the results of the night.
Craig Chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Insurance and Financial Services, Chairs the APPG for Women and Enterprise and Co-Chairs the APPG for Breast Cancer. He is a member of the influential Business Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee, drawing on his experience of running a small business and the insurance industry.
Craig has worked in parliament with charities Breast Cancer Now and Help for Heroes.
Locally, Craig continues to campaign for improved road safety, protection of the green belt, support for businesses to create jobs and apprentices and for a stable future for George Eliot Hospital.
Craig also campaigns against HS2 and its devastating impact on his local constituency.
On winning the North Warwickshire & Bedworth constituency Craig Tracey said:
“I would like to thank every resident who voted for me and everyone who supported me during the campaign. I will be dedicated to our community and will always put local residents first. North Warwickshire is my home, I will always be here to support local people. There are a number of local issues that we need to focus on, including fighting against HS2, supporting the George Eliot Hospital, supporting residents over planning decisions and securing a growing local economy with more job opportunities. I am convinced we have a bright future ahead of us in North Warwickshire and for our country.”
You can follow Craig by visiting: www.facebook.com/craig4nwarks