I was very lucky to grow up on a farm in the North East. I went to school at Turriff Academy and went onto Heriot-Watt University from which I graduated in 1990. I now live bang in the middle of Gordon near Oldmeldrum with my wife and two young sons.
Gordon is an entrepreneurial community with many self-made local business people. I was fortunate to buy into a company selling fresh produce to supermarkets based in Lincolnshire in 1993 when I was only 24. I built the business up selling it in 2003 and returned to take over my family farm along with other business interests in the NE in 2005.
Having the responsibility for 70 employees which grew to 120, taught me a great deal. People are the real asset in business, be part of the team, inclusive and motivate people.
I share the aspirations and problems of every day life in Gordon, from nursery care, underinvested roads and a dynamic local economy bursting at the seems. Gordon is an exciting and vibrant place to bring up a family.
I am a job creator with real life experience who has made his own way in a tough business world and I want to use that experience to improve the infrastructure within Gordon, help support those left behind by the latest oil boom, keep taxes and mortgages low and represent the people of Gordon at the heart of a Conservative government.
I first ventured into politics during the 2015 General Election when I stood against Alex Salmond for the first time. I then went on to tackle Gillian Martin in the 2016 Scottish Election, where we managed to increase our share of the vote by 15.1% but unfortunately still missed out on getting elected to the Scottish Parliament. Following from there was the 2016 council bi-election in which I was successful and became a Councillor for Inverurie and District. A year later during the May 2017 council elections I was once again successful and was re-elected to Aberdeenshire Council. This was short lived as the snap General Election was called in June 2017 and I was delighted to be elected as the Member of Parliament for Gordon, enjoying a 29% increase in my vote from 2015, achieving 40.7% of the total vote.
As a MP I was a Member of the Environmental Audit Select Committee and the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Backbench Committee. In January 2019 I was promoted to the post of parliamentary private secretary (PPS) within the UK Government Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), joining the team under the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.
In July 2019, the Prime Minister, Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP, asked me to serve as a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland, alongside new Secretary of State for Scotland Alister Jack MP and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State Robin Walker MP.
I'm not currently an MP, as Parliament has been dissolved until after the General Election.
In October 2019 I was re-selected as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist candidate for Gordon and will be contesting the seat at the General Election to be held on 12 December 2019.
Colin Clark - Scottish Conservative and Unionist Candidate for Gordon