Hitchin and Harpenden MP Bim Afolami named by BBC as one to watch in 2020

The 32-year-old former lawyer is seen as a rising star in the Conservative party. Picture: Sasha Bak

The 32-year-old former lawyer is seen as a rising star in the Conservative party. Picture: Sasha Baker - Credit: Archant

Bim Afolami, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, has been named on the BBC’s list of 10 MPs to keep an eye on in 2020.

Mr Afolami was re-elected as a Member of Parliament last week, but saw his majority slashed to just under 7,000 votes following a strong election campaign from Liberal Democrat candidate Sam Collins.

The 33-year-old sits on the Constitution Reform Group, a cross-party pressure group devoted to seeking a new constitutional settlement for the UK.

The group are expected to be major players in the parliamentary programme of 2020, with a second campaign for Scottish independence on the horizon.

Mr Afolami - who also served as a private secretary in the Department of Transport - has been touted as one of the rising stars of the Conservative party since his election as Hitchin and Harpenden MP in 2017.


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The BBC list of MPs to watch also includes Conservative MPs Eleanor Laing, Tom Tugendhat, Johnny Mercer, Mel Stride, and Labour MPs Dan Jarvis and Rachel Reeves.

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