Councillors & MP

Lesley Woolnough
District Councillor
Walgrave Ward
M: 07765 838071


Lesley was elected as a Daventry District Councillor in May 2018 for the Walgrave Ward (consisting of Hannington, Holcot, Old & Walgrave villages). She has lived in the village of Walgrave for almost twenty years where she runs her consultancy business. Her maternal family originate from Walgrave.

With a professional background as a medical charity CEO, boardroom director, committee member and healthcare consultant she has a strong skill set to help get to the heart of council business.

Lesley already has excellent working relationships with a number of community groups, MP’s and leaders. She is a member of the Corporate Governance Committee for Daventry District Council.


Judy Shephard
 County Councillor
 Moulton Division
Windbreck, Butchers Lane
Northampton NN2 8SL
T: 01604 843275M: 07889 123039

Judy was elected as a County Councillor in 1997. She was born and educated in Northamptonshire and worked locally as a Medical Practice Manager in Kingsthorpe. Judy retired in 2004 so she could dedicate herself more fully to Council work.

Judy has served on many committees within the County Council including the Health & Social Care Scrutiny Committee and is presently its Chairman.  She has also Chaired the Development Control Planning Committee, (she is presently a member of the committee) and was Chairman of Northamptonshire County Council for two years from 2008 -2010, a position that she deemed to be a great honour and privilege.

On a local level Judy is a Parish Councillor, a member of Boughton and Pitsford Mineral Liaison Forums, is Chairman of The Richard Humfrey Charitable Trust, and an Executive Member of both SSAFA and the RCFA.  Judy has been a Governor of Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust since its inception.  Judy has 13 villages within her Division and attends many parish council meetings and other local meetings and she continues to work hard for her community.

Judy has also raised over £85,000 for local charitable causes.  Judy has two boxer dogs and loves the local countryside!


Chris Heaton-Harris
Member of Parliament
Chris Heaton-Harris
House of Commons
London, SW1A 0AA
T: 020 7219 7048
Twitter: @chhcalling

Chris Heaton-Harris was elected as the Member of Parliament for Daventry at the May 2010 General Election with 56.5% of the vote and a majority of 19,188, having previously been a Member of the European Parliament for the East Midlands region for 10 years between 1999 and 2009. He lives in Pitsford, in the constituency.

He is an active and qualified football referee and has been officiating the game at different levels for over 32 years. He currently referees on the Northamptonshire Combination League most Saturday afternoons. He is also President of Earls Barton Football Club. Chris is well known within football locally, nationally and internationally and it was his behind the scenes negotiations and common sense solution of allowing England players to wear poppies on their armbands that solved “Poppygate” in November 2011.

In Parliament, Chris sits on the Public Accounts Committee and the European Scrutiny Committee. He has also sat on the Bill Committees for the Civil Aviation and Defamation Bills. He is Vice-Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Dance and the All Party Parliamentary Group for Football and plays, when forced into it, for the parliamentary football team.

He is Co-Chairman of the Fresh Start Project – which is looking to renegotiate a new relationship for the UK in the European Union. He is Chairman of the European Research Group of Conservative MPs and is probably best known for coordinating the letter to the Prime Minister, signed by 105 other MPs, that asked for a drastic cut to onshore wind farm subsidies and also coordinating the campaign in parliament to achieve this cut.

Chris also constantly raises the problems surrounding the very emotional issue of stillbirth in Parliament and is active in trying to get the National Health Service (and NICE) to offer the “selective dorsal rhizotomy” (SDR) procedure free of charge. SDR is a life-changing operation that massively increases mobility for many children with cerebral palsy.

Chris is an advocate of smaller government and responsible public spending. A fierce Eurosceptic, he hopes his experience in Brussels will be useful to any future Conservative government. He was one of the authors of "Direct Democracy" and is a passionate "localist".

Before entering politics, he joined and eventually ran his family’s business – a wholesale fruit and vegetable company based in New Covent Garden Market - for eleven years (working nights all that time!).