About Nick

Nick has been the MP for Arundel & South Downs since May 2005.

In December 2005 David Cameron appointed Nick as the Shadow Minister for Police Reform.  In July 2007 he was promoted to the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Secretary of State for Justice.  In January 2009 he was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.  Nick served as Minister of State for Policing and Criminal Justice, working in both the Home Office and Ministry of Justice, from May 2010 until he resigned in September 2012.

Prior to his election Nick was the Director of Reform, the independent think tank which he co-founded in 2002.  Reform aims to “set out a better way to deliver public services and economic prosperity” and has been described by commentators as “the most important think tank to emerge for a decade”.

Before that, from 1998 to 2000, Nick was Chief Executive of Business for Sterling, where he launched the successful ‘no’ campaign against the euro.  He continues to believe that too much power has been transferred to the European Union and that the process not only needs to be halted but also now put in reverse so that powers are returned to national parliaments where they belong.

In the 1997 election Nick stood as the Conservative Parliamentary candidate in Berwick Upon Tweed, one of the most rural seats in England.  Nick is passionate about defending rural communities.  From 1990 to 1996 he worked for the British Field Sports Society, becoming its Director of Political Affairs.  In this role he played a leading role in setting up the Countryside Movement, which became the Countryside Alliance.

Since becoming an MP Nick has worked closely with the international development charity Results on the growing problem of tuberculosis, especially in developing countries.  In 2006 he helped to form, and was elected co-chairman of, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Global TB.  

Nick went to school at Haileybury, from where he won an Open Exhibition to read Law and Land Economy at Magdalene College, Cambridge. 

Nick lives in Arundel and London with his partner Jason Eades and in his spare time he enjoys racing and country sports and watching cricket and rugby.  He also enjoys going to the theatre, cinema and opera.

"I pledge to work hard for everyone in the constituency, to stand up for local people, and to be a strong voice at Westminster for your concerns "