David October 9th, 2021

I was with James at Exeter University where we both read Law and then entered Parliament with him as well. Throughout he was kind, diligent, fair minded, humble and servant hearted. He displayed those qualities at URE - University Radio Exeter when for example he interrogated the political activism of me, Robert Halfon, Sajid Javid and Tim Montgomerie. Also as an MP and Minister - I was most engaged with James in his time as Immigration Minister holding him to account in relation to policies such as immigration detention and refugees. Whilst there was much to provoke him, James handled the challenges with great patience, care and consideration whilst holding and defending the Government’s position robustly with great clarity and firmness of purpose. James has many ministerial achievements but I recall how he played a major part in supporting a fair and compassionate policy towards refugees and reforming immigration detention. Areas of policy which may not receive much attention or praise but which needed the compassion and attention to detail which James always displayed. James was a good supporter and faithful friend of the Conservative Christian Fellowship (CCF). Indeed faithfulness and friendship are the two words which for me sum up James personally and publicly, which is why he was much valued, and will be much missed and forever cherished. Be assured of my and CCF’s prayers for James’ family.