The Honourable Patrons of New Hope: 

Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell MP

BA MA (University of Cambridge), MP for Sutton Coldfield

Andrew Mitchell is a British Conservative Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Sutton Coldfield since 2001. He was returned as MP for Sutton Coldfield at the 2015 general election, with his majority increased by 0.6%. He was the MP for Gedling from 1987 to 1997. He served in the Cabinet as Secretary of State for International Development from 2010 to 2012, and then briefly as Government Chief Whip in the House of Commons. Mitchell was elected President of the Cambridge Union in 1978. Before university, he served for several months as a United Nations military peacekeeper in Cyprus.

Andrew is currently campaigning on a number of important local issues in Sutton Coldfield including issues affecting the local environment and the general well-being of the Sutton Coldfield communities. He is very active in addressing issues of local development where he feels they adversely affect the Town. He actively supports a number of local charities including Breastfriends, Norman Laud Association, Sutton Coldfield Branch of the RNLI, Parkinson's Disease Society, Sutton Coldfield Sea Cadets, Greenacres, and Sutton Coldfield Guiding.


Andrew Mitchell is addressing major humanitarian crisis in in Aleppo and Syria and calling for the west to tackle Russia and enforce a no-fly zone and protect the citizens of eastern Aleppo from Russian bombardment. Andrew has a house in Sutton Coldfield and spends as much time as possible regularly visiting local schools, businesses and voluntary organisations. He co-founded Project Umubano in 2007 and his leadership was central in setting up CFID.

Dr Professor Carl Chinn

MBE, FRSA, FBirm.Soc

Dr Carl Chinn is a former Professor of Birmingham Community History in the University of Birmingham; author of over 20 books on the history of Birmingham, the Black Country and the urban working class in England; a writer for the Birmingham Mail and Express and Star, and broadcaster on BBC WM.



He has appeared as an expert on various television programmes, including Channel 4’s ‘History Hunters’ with Tony Robinson and BBC 4’s ‘Edwardian Larder’. In the Midlands he is a long-running columnist on local history for the Express and Star and the Birmingham Mail; he has a weekly local history show on BBC WM and regular history slots on BBC Midlands Today; and he was the expert on ITV’s ‘The Way We Were’ series.


Professor Chinn has appeared on numerous Radio 4 programmes, including those presented by Libby Purvess and Laurie Taylor. More recently he presented the series ‘Centre of Our World’, looking at various ethnic minorities in Birmingham, and ‘Manufacturing Matters’ a polemic for manufacturing on ‘The World Tonight’.

Late Jack Dromey MP

MP for Birmingham, Erdington

(From July 2014 -7th January 2022)

Jack Dromey is a British Labour Party politician and trade unionist. He has been the Member of Parliament for Birmingham Erdington since 2010 and was appointed Shadow Minister for Communities and Local Government in the shadow front bench under Ed Miliband. He was the Shadow Policing Minister from 2013 to 2016. On 10 October 2016, he returned to the frontbench by becoming Shadow Minister for Labour.

He was previously the Deputy General Secretary of the Transport and General Workers Union and the Treasurer of the Labour Party. He is married to Harriet Harman.

Jack Dromey has kindly agreed to support New Hope as a Patron of the organisation. He has been a dedicated charity supporter in raising funds for the charities in and around his constituency, working with young people for the anti-bullying campaign, helping local people to eat well, stay fitter and live longer. He is also standing up for public services and public servants and supporting local small businesses and helping entrepreneurs to realise their potentials.

Dromey first sought to stand for Labour at the 1997 general election, though he failed to make the shortlist for the Pontefract and Castleford constituency.

Dromey again sought a safe seat in 2007 when there were plans for a general election to be called. The Labour General Secretary at that time Peter Watt later revealed that the trade union Unite had given £1 million in donations on the assumption of the safe seat of Wolverhampton North East being given to Dromey.

Mr Tom Storrow

BA in History

Tom Storrow started his early education in Prescot Grammar School which is a co-educational comprehensive school in Prescot, Merseyside, England between 1967-1074. Later he graduated from The University of Hull in the year 1977. He has spent most of his career working in and with the NHS, having joined the NHS as a graduate management trainee in 1977. He trained in Shropshire and Birmingham and has worked in hospital management in Birmingham and Staffordshire, including five years as a Trust chief executive. He reached the peak of his career as the Chairman of Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust in Nov 2011 at the Trust HQ in Birmingham.

Mr Storrow said, “I am delighted to take up the post of Birmingham Community Healthcare chairman because the Trust is a lively and ambitious organisation with good staff and services and a great atmosphere. My ambition is simply to help the Trust to develop as a successful organisation providing excellent services to its patients and commissioners.”

In addition, he is also delighted to accept the New Hope Patron alongside with Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell, Jack Dromey MP and History Prof. Carl Chinn MBE.