About Giles

Giles was elected as Member of Parliament for the Clacton constituency in June 2017.

With a background in theatre and television, Giles, his wife Vanda, and twin daughters live in the heart of the constituency – he ran the Summer Theatre in Frinton-on-Sea until 1982, and served as a Tendring District Councillor for Frinton Ward from 2007 to 2019.

During his time on the Council, Giles has fought hard to maintain and enhance the local area. He was part of the Administration that brought over £50 million in investment to the area between 2012 and 2017, and in difficult economic circumstances his leadership delivered annual savings worth £12 million, without the loss of a single frontline service.

As MP, Giles is committed to working hard for everyone in the Clacton constituency, and believes that the Sunshine Coast has been overlooked for too long.

So, since his election, Giles has been working hard in Parliament to promote and improve the area, and has already secured additional Government funding for police – nationally this will be worth £450m across the police system for 2018/19, and £7.5 million of this will be spent on an additional local police officers in Essex. Giles is now working to drastically improve the infrastructure serving the area, as this will bring new prosperity to the area. Keep up with Giles’ work in Parliament here.

Moreover, having raised two daughters in Tendring, Giles is keen to ensure that it remains a safe, healthy environment for all. His focus now is on implementing the Government’s decision to invest £14 million in Clacton Hospital, and Giles is campaigning to not only retain but improve primary care services in the area. Locally, Giles has also tried to meet with as many community groups as possible since his election, you can read about his local activities here.

As an animal lover, Giles is keen to promote improvements in animal welfare and has spoken several times in Parliament on this subject. Giles has also spoken on: the need to increase defence spending to 3% of GDP, tackling rural crime, national security and the role of NATO, and the future of our economy. Read Giles’ speeches here.

If you would like to meet with Giles, please email: giles.watling.mp@parliament.uk