James is a barrister, a councillor and the proud Dad of two little girls. James was born in Cleethorpes and grew up in Grimsby where his parents lived all their lives. He lives in Surrey and works in London, but is very proud of his roots in Lincolnshire. His professional areas of expertise are landlord & tenant, property and housing law and he has appeared in courts all over England & Wales. Politically his main interests are in housing and education.
In June 2014 James was shortlisted as one of the final 4 candidates to succeed Sir Peter Tapsell as the Conservative parliamentary candidate for Louth & Horncastle.
James was placed third in the ballot at the Open Primary on 28th July 2014. He said afterwards: “Although I am very disappointed at not being selected I enjoyed the process and was touched by the warm welcome I received from local residents and association members. I am also very grateful to the many people who gave up their time to meet me in the run-up to the Open Primary: Karen Froggatt of the Mablethorpe Area Partnership, Ashley Lidgard of Oakridge Hotels (and the proprietor of the Brackenborough near Louth): and Cllr Terry Aldridge, my cousin by marriage. I would also like to thank Dr Massey of the Lincolnshire East Clinical Commissioning Group, David Clarke of the Woodhall Spa Parish Council and David Haxby, who farms at Ketsby all of whom were happy to give me advice by telephone.
I wish Victoria Atkins, the successful candidate, the very best as she prepares for the election in May 2015. As I have many friends and family in the area I will be able to keep in touch with this lovely part of England.”
In June 2016 James was elected as Deputy Leader of the Conservative Group on Elmbridge Borough Council, having completed 6 years as Cabinet member for Housing in a highly effective Conservative administration.
James maintains a personal website at www.jameswbrowne.co.uk . More information can be found on his personal pages on Elmbridge Borough Council’s site: http://mygov.elmbridge.gov.uk/mgUserInfo.aspx?UID=46