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 July 2014, Brooks was appointed Minister for Civil Society.
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.