David Hopps more than tripled the vote for the Liberal Democrats when he stood as a political candidate for the first time in the Wetherby ward in the Leeds City Council elections in 2017.
He was driven into politics in frustration to fight what he regards as an increasingly destructive and negative political climate which is having a negative effect on our communities and threatening our future happiness and prosperity.
The revival of the Liberal Democrats in the Wetherby ward was the start of the most active period for a generation.
David is one of England’s most respected cricket writers and has worked for the Yorkshire Post, The Guardian and ESPNcricinfo where he was UK editor. He has now returned to freelancing to leave time to engage in local politics.
He is also a member of Bramham Parish Council, happily working on a non-political basis on behalf of his home village.
He also has experience in business, retaining a part-time interest in a travel company specialising in Sri Lanka holidays (Red Dot Tours) which he founded in 2000 as a hobby and which grew into a multi-million pound company.
David was born in Thorner and educated at Tadcaster Grammar School and Hull University. He has lived in first Wetherby and then Bramham since 1986 and is married with two grown-up children.
He is an avid Leeds United fan and is often seen watching Yorkshire County Cricket Club.
Leeds is his home city and he wants to help it tap into its cultural and economic potential.