Henry lives in Crawley and has a young daughter and son.
He ran his own Crawley-based business, and in 1997 was elected to West Sussex County Council. In 2003 he was elected Leader of the Council, when aged 34 he became the youngest county leader in the country. He was also Chairman of the South East County Strategic Leaders group, representing all authorities across the greater south east.
Additionally, Henry has previously been a Governor at The Oaks, The Brook and Oriel High schools across the town.
Henry was first elected to Parliament in 2010, having stood in Crawley at the previous two General Elections.
Over the last six years, Henry has spoken in Parliament over 400 times, and has been a consistent advocate for health services returning to town, as well as campaigning on issues such as greater local infrastructure, and a right of return to the British Indian Ocean Territory for Crawley’s Chagossian community.
Henry has also campaigned for greater devolution, including presenting his Crawley English Votes for English Laws petition in Parliament, and has been the Chair of the Counties All Party Parliamentary Group.
He has provided assistance to more than 6,000 Crawley residents since 2010. He has also served on the European Scrutiny Committee. Henry supported an in/out UK/EU referendum and campaigned for a leave vote.
At the General Election in May 2015, Henry was re-elected as Member of Parliament for Crawley with an increased majority. Following the election the then-Prime Minister, Rt Hon David Cameron, appointed Henry as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government, Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, a role which he served until July 2016.
In June 2015, Henry was elected as the Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare. In this role, Henry continues to work with a variety of animal rights organisations, such as the International Fund for Animal Welfare, the RSPCA and the Save Me Trust.
Following the appointment of Rt Hon Theresa May MP as Prime Minister in July 2016, Henry was appointed as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women & Equalities, Rt Hon Justine Greening MP.
The role involves liaising with both the Department’s ministerial team and other MPs. Henry assists the Secretary of State on departmental and parliamentary business where necessary.
Henry continues to campaign on a range of issues on behalf of Crawley residents. In June 2016 he helped set up, and was elected as the Chairman of, the new All-Party Parliamentary Group on Blood Cancer.
In this role, Henry helps promote awareness of blood cancer, and highlights the needs of patients and their families with other MPs, the Government, as well as with NHS and charity stakeholders.
Henry is also the Secretary of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Southern Rail, and as a daily commuter himself has seen at first hand the unacceptable local rail service over the last year. He persists in making representations with the Transport Secretary and the Rail Minister, and secured a debate in the House of Commons on the issue in September 2016.
While welcoming the Government’s commitment to introducing a new school funding formula, Henry continues to raise the importance of a fairer deal for West Sussex students and teachers, and is pursuing the matter with the Department for Education.
Henry believes that such investment in young people is important. He is proud to support the delivery and expansion of National Citizen Service in Crawley.