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Veterans In Politics- Season 3, Episode 2 with James Clark- Conservative Friends of the Armed Forces
Jonny catches up with James Clark, the Founder of the Conservative Friends of the Armed Forces. Jonny and James first met over 10 years ago in pre-deployment training for Afghanistan, where they both went on to serve on Op Herrick 15. Years later, they keep bumping into each other in political circles, so this is a great episode to dip in on.
Naturally, they talk about Afghanistan, but also their shared mission to get better people into politics. James also talks about his career as a Parliamentary candidate that includes standing against the then leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn MP!
In this episode, we mention the TV series 'Our War' which was BAFTA nominated. James is featured in it, and it's not to be missed. You can catch it on James's website here: Military – James Clark (jclark.uk)
James Clark is a Conservative Prospective Parliamentary Candidate who has previously served in the British Army as an Infantry Officer. He is a highly experienced, charismatic, motivated individual committed to optimising individual and team performance. James is an effective and proactive leader and communicator, enthusiastic about finding new challenges and always trying to add value.
Following University, James worked in Parliament and in CCHQ, before joining the Army. He left in 2015 having enhanced his management and communications skills, deployed on two tours of Afghanistan and worked closely with international Special Forces personnel in multiple crisis response incidents. Since then he campaigned during the Brexit Referendum, numerous council and Parliamentary By-elections and has been involved in a variety of digital projects (digital democracy and blockchain).
He has worked internationally with high ranking civil servants, ambassadors and ministers and run social, digital, television and print media campaigns. He has also broadened his horizons through international travel in support of the Charity ISLP which he worked for in 2017/2018. He currently works in Westminster, runs Conservative Friends of the Armed Forces and spends time with the Army Reserve.
James combines political nous and understanding with a focus and determination to serve the community. He is easy to talk to, enthusiastic and highly motivated and is as comfortable leading teams as he is in operating within them. He is a committed Conservative and one day hopes to serve the country again in Parliament.
To find out more about the Conservative Friends of the Armed Forces, see here: Conservative Friends of the Armed Forces – Join Today (cfarmedforces.org)
This podcast series maintains its independence and features several parties in this series.
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