HE’S set his sights on holding political power in Havant.
But before he gets around to fighting for the seat in the general election, Dr Graham Giles will dine with the biggest political heavyweight of them all – President Barack Obama.
Dr Giles, who lives in Lee-on-the-Solent and is Labour’s candidate for Havant MP, was invited for a two-hour breakfast in Washington with the American president. The National Prayer Breakfast seeks to strengthen international ties and guests will travel to the capital from more than 130 countries.
The MBE has worked extensively overseas, including helping to rebuild Romania after the 1989 revolution and leading a health and education charity for deprived neighbourhoods.
He said: ‘This is a tremendous honour and a great opportunity.
‘Barack Obama is a world statesman I highly admire for his intelligent values, oratory, economic wisdom, and courage in health-care provision for all.
‘To sit down for breakfast in Washington with the president and his wife, is exciting, inspiring and humbling.’
This is not the first time Dr Giles has attended the breakfast.
He was invited once before many years ago because of his international work.
He added: ‘I had secretly hoped to receive an invitation again to this extraordinary event – especially during the term of Barack Obama.
‘It was probably the result of some pioneering drug detoxification programmes we piloted in Tennessee and East Kentucky.
‘Since then I’ve been working with a scientific team to develop a break-through British treatment device.
‘When the team organising the president’s annual breakfast learned about this they wanted to hear more.
‘That’s when I received my invitation.’
The breakfast takes place on February 5 at The Hilton in Washington.
Dr Giles added: ‘I hope my visit to DC will open doors for new collaboration.’