Brooks was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Braintree in 2005. Brooks has served as a member of the Science and Technology Committee (2005-7) and the Treasury Select Committee (2006-7). Brooks was promoted to the Whips’ Office in July 2007, serving first as the Treasury Whip until 2009 and latterly as the Foreign Affairs Whip 2009-10.
In 2010, Brooks won the newly configured seat of Braintree, increasing his majority to 16,121. As part of the new Coalition Government, Brooks was appointed a Senior Government Whip with responsibility for the Department of Business and the Wales Office and later was given responsibility for the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister until September 2012. During this time, Brooks was a Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury. At the end of 2012, Brooks was elected to the Treasury Select Committee.
Brooks’ special interests include: Economic Policy, Foreign Policy (Middle East, India, China and USA), Poverty Reduction and International Development (Microfinance), Special Needs Education, and Women’s Issues (Healthcare & Politics).
Brooks has published a number of papers on Government debt including: ‘Simply Red: The True State of the Public Finances’ (CPS, 2006), ‘The Price of Irresponsibility’ (CPS, 2008) and ‘The Hidden Debt Bombshell’ (CPS, 2009).
Brooks is also a Board Director at Harvard University (Harvard Alumni Association) and Co-Chairman of the Party’s Women2Win campaign.
Prior to entering politics, Brooks was a Senior Partner of Apollo Management LP, a leading International Private Equity firm.
Brooks was educated at Harvard College (AB History) and Harvard Business School (MBA Finance), and was also a Politics Research Graduate at Worcester College, Oxford. Brooks lives locally with his family. Brooks is a keen Newcastle United supporter (and season ticket holder), and enjoys skiing and long-distance running. Brooks is involved in numerous charities, including PARC, Farleigh Hospice and his own education charity A Partner in Education.