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Damian Patrick George Hinds (born 27 November 1969)[2] is a British politician who served as Secretary of State for Education from 2018-2019. A member of the Conservative Party, he has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for East Hampshire since 2010.

Damian Hinds

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Secretary of State for Education
In office
8 January 2018 – 24 July 2019
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Preceded byJustine Greening
Succeeded byGavin Williamson
Minister of State for Employment
In office
17 July 2016 – 8 January 2018
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Preceded byPriti Patel
Succeeded byAlok Sharma
Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury
In office
12 May 2015 – 13 July 2016
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Preceded byPriti Patel
Succeeded byAndrew Jones (2017)
Member of Parliament
for East Hampshire
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded byMichael Mates
Majority25,852 (46.6%)
Personal details
Born (1969-11-27) 27 November 1969 (age 49)
Paddington, London, England[1]
Political partyConservative
Alma materTrinity College, Oxford

Hinds served as Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury from 12 May 2015 until he was made Employment Minister at the Department for Work and Pensions by Prime Minister Theresa May on 17 July 2016.[3] Following the 2018 cabinet reshuffle, he was appointed Education Secretary, succeeding Justine Greening.[4]

Hinds resigned from his government position as Secretary of State for Education on 24 July 2019[5] following the appointment of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister.

Early life and careerEdit

Hinds was educated at St. Ambrose College, a Voluntary Aided Roman Catholic Grammar school in Hale Barns, Greater Manchester, followed by Trinity College at the University of Oxford, where he read Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) and attained a first class degree. He was also President of the Oxford Union.

He stood in Stretford and Urmston at the 2005 general election, coming second to incumbent MP Beverley Hughes, gaining 30.4% of the vote (an increase for the Conservative Party of 3.3%).

Before becoming an MP, Hinds spent 18 years working in the pubs/brewing and hotel industries, in Britain and abroad.[6]

Hinds was Chairman of the Bow Group in 2001–02.

Parliamentary careerEdit

At the 2010 General Election, Hinds was elected Member of Parliament for East Hampshire, getting 56.8% of the vote (an increase of 9.7%) and achieving a swing from the Liberal Democrats to the Conservative Party of 6.6%. The previous Conservative MP, Michael Mates, stepped down at the 2010 General Election.

Hinds sat on the Education Select Committee between 2010 and 2012.[7] He was also a member of the Public Bill Committee for the Defence Reform Act 2014[8]

In January 2018, he was appointed Education Secretary, following Justine Greening, who resigned, rather than changing position.[4]

Parliament lists Hinds' political interests as education, welfare, affordable credit, and social mobility.[7] He has demonstrated a particular interest in the Catholic education sector and the admissions rules that apply to faith free schools.[9]

Education SecretaryEdit

During his tenure as Education Secretary he introduced First Aid and CPR courses to school curriculum, and has launched a campaign to increase awareness of the importance of technical skills and apprenticeships' education.[10][11]


  1. ^ "Interview with Damian Hinds MP". This Is Alton. Archived from the original on 27 March 2014. Retrieved 9 March 2013.
  2. ^ "No. 59418". The London Gazette. 13 May 2010. p. 8742.
  3. ^ "Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury – GOV.UK". UK Government website. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  4. ^ a b Coughlan, Sean (8 January 2018). "Damian Hinds new education secretary, replacing Justine Greening". BBC News. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  5. ^ Whieldon, Fraser (24 July 2019). "Education secretary Damian Hinds OUT". FE Week. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  6. ^ "About Damian". Damian Hinds.
  7. ^ a b "Damian Hinds MP". Retrieved 9 March 2013.
  8. ^ "House of Commons Public Bill Committee on the Defence Reform Bill 2013–14". Retrieved 17 September 2013.
  9. ^ "Catholic Schools (Admissions) Debate 30 April 201" (PDF). Catholic Union. Hansard. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  10. ^ "Education Secretary Damian Hinds adds first aid and CPR to school curriculum". 3 January 2019. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  11. ^ "New Apprenticeship Campaign 'Fire It Up' launches". GOV.UK. Retrieved 20 January 2019.

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