About Nick

Nick Herbert is Conservative MP for Arundel and South Downs.  He was first elected in 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. 

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 international development NGOs on the growing problem of tuberculosis, especially in developing countries.  In 2006 Nick helped to form, and co-chairs, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Global TB, and in 2014 he launched the Global TB Caucus which he co-chairs with South Africa's Health Minister, initiating the Barcelona Declaration with a speech to the World Lung Conference.

In 2014 he launched GovernUp, a cross-party project which aims to promote "the far-reaching reforms needed in Whitehall and beyond to enable more effective and efficient government". He authored Why Vote Conservative 2015 ahead of the general election that year.

Nick played a leading role in making the case for equal marriage, launching the Freedom to Marry campaign in 2012 ahead of the successful Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013. In June 2015 Nick helped to launch, and became the first chair, of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global LGBT Rights.

In January 2016, Nick launched Conservatives For Reform In Europe, the campaign to remain in the EU, subject to the Prime Minister's renegotiations. During the referendum campaign this became part of Conservatives IN which Nick chaired.

Nick was appointed to the Privy Council in 2010 and was awarded a CBE in 2016.

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"