Alok is very much a local Reading man. He grew up in Earley and Whitley Wood and went to school in Reading.
Alok, a qualified chartered accountant, has a range of work experience from working on a factory production line, being a company auditor, tutoring university students, running a business and advising companies on corporate finance.
Elected in 2010 for Reading West, with one of the largest swings to the Conservatives in the country, Alok has served as a member of the Commons Science and Technology Select Committee, a Parliamentary Private Secretary at the Treasury and since 2012 as Conservative Party Vice Chairman with special responsibility for BME communities. He is also Co-Chairman of Conservative Friends of India. Alok is currently a member of the Treasury Select Committee, where he has supported the work of the committee to encourage reform of the banking sector.
During his first term as an MP, Alok has run many campaigns with local groups and constituents to ensure that Reading is a great place to continue to live and run a business.
Alok has also successfully campaigned to deliver government investment in local infrastructure, including improvements at Reading, Tilehurst, Theale, Pangbourne and Reading West stations and the extension of Crossrail to Reading, as well as campaigning to increase the number of Standard Class carriages on First Great Western trains.
He has helped to deliver funding to cut road congestion and for flood alleviation projects across west Reading.
Alok has worked with local school and parent groups, like All Saints Junior School, The Wren School and Purley Primary School, to deliver extra government funding and ensure that we have much needed extra school places being created.
Alok has worked with local campaign groups to fight unsustainable development on green spaces like Pincents Hill and scale back housing on the Bath Road Reservoir site. He is committed to campaigning against any unsustainable development across Reading West.
Alok is a big supporter of local businesses. He has supported businesses like the Tesco Distribution Centre in Whitley to deliver new jobs in Reading and has organised local business export seminars, helped deliver reductions in business rates for local businesses and campaigned for faster broadband.
A keen supporter of local charities, faith groups and volunteers across Reading, he has championed the excellent and selfless work they all do.
Alok is married and lives in Reading Borough with his wife and two daughters.