Sam Gyimah is the Liberal Democrat candidate for Kensington.
Born in Beaconsfield, Sam was educated at schools both in the UK and Ghana. He studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University, where he was elected President of the Oxford Union.
On leaving University Sam joined Goldman Sachs, where he worked in the mergers & acquisitions and equities business for five years. He then left the City to use his experience to help build and develop a number of small businesses in the training, recruitment and internet sectors. He was voted CBI Entrepreneur of the Future in 2005.
Outside of business, Sam has pursued a strong interest in educational matters, having served on both the development board at Somerville College and the board of a housing association working with ex-offenders, as well as being a former Governor of an inner London school. He is a passionate sports fan and supports Arsenal Football Club.
In Parliament, Sam most recently served as Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation. Prior to this he was a Minister within the Department for Justice and Department of Education. His first appointment was as Parliamentary Private Secretary to David Cameron.
Sam resigned from the Government in November 2018 to vote against the Withdrawal Agreement and has subsequently campaigned for a Second Referendum to break the Brexit deadlock. After having the Conservative Party Whip removed by the Prime Minister for voting against No Deal, he subsequently joined the Liberal Democrats and is now the Spokesperson for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.