James Clark is the Conservative Party Parliamentary Candidate for the constituency of Great Yarmouth. He is a husband, small business owner, former Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for Defence Grant Shapps MP, and Army Reservist who previously served as a Regular in the British Army as an Infantry Officer. He is a highly experienced, charismatic, motivated individual committed to helping others.

Following University, James worked in Parliament and in CCHQ, before joining the Army. He left in 2015 having enhanced his management and communications skills, deployed on two tours of Afghanistan and worked closely with international Special Forces personnel in multiple crisis response incidents. Since then he has returned to politics campaigning during the Brexit Referendum, numerous council and Parliamentary By-elections across the country and stood for Parliament against Jeremy Corbyn in Islington North in 2017 and 2019. He has also been involved in a variety of digital projects (digital democracy and blockchain).

He has worked internationally with high ranking civil servants, ambassadors and ministers and run social, digital, television and print media campaigns.

He has also broadened his horizons through international travel in support of the Charity ISLP which he worked for in 2017/2018. He worked as Chief of Staff for Gagan Mohindra MP throughout the Coronavirus pandemic and has more recently focused on growing his own two small businesses. He also runs Conservative Friends of the Armed Forces and was recently promoted to the rank of Major in the Army Reserve. James has been interviewed by the BBC, GB news and ITV and has had articles published in the Spectator and on ConHome.

James recently came to the end of his term as a school governor at the Simon Balle All Through School and serves on the Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committee for the East of England appointed by the Minister for Defence People and Veterans.

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James is committed to supporting local businesses in Great Yarmouth, tackling coastal erosion in Hemsby and Scratby, pushing through the redevelopment of the James Paget hospital and improving local transport networks. His particular area of interest is national resilience which is why he cares so passionately about the opportunities in the oil and gas and renewables sector available to the UK’s energy capital- Great Yarmouth.

Please go to My Priorities for more on our plans for Great Yarmouth.