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Nicholas Richard Hurd (born 13 May 1962) is a British politician serving as Minister for London since 2018 and Minister of State for Northern Ireland since 2019. A member of the Conservative Party, he has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner since 2010. Hurd was first elected as the MP for Ruislip-Northwood in 2005.[1]


Nick Hurd

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Minister of State for Northern Ireland
Assumed office
25 July 2019
Prime MinisterBoris Johnson
Preceded byJohn Penrose
Minister for London
Assumed office
14 November 2018
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Boris Johnson
Preceded byJo Johnson
Minister of State for Policing and the Fire Service
In office
12 June 2017 – 25 July 2019
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Preceded byBrandon Lewis
Succeeded byKit Malthouse
Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry
In office
16 July 2016 – 12 June 2017
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Preceded byAmber Rudd
Succeeded byClaire Perry
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development
In office
28 November 2015 – 16 July 2016
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Preceded byGrant Shapps
Succeeded byJames Wharton
Minister for Civil Society
In office
15 May 2010 – 14 July 2014
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Preceded byAngela Smith
Succeeded byBrooks Newmark
Member of Parliament
for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner
Ruislip-Northwood (2005–2010)
Assumed office
5 May 2005
Preceded byJohn Wilkinson
Majority13,980 (26.2%)
Personal details
Born (1962-05-13) 13 May 1962 (age 57)
London, England
Political partyConservative
RelationsDouglas Hurd (father)
Michael Ancram (father-in-law)
Children6
Alma materExeter College, Oxford
ProfessionBusinessman
WebsiteOfficial website

He served as Minister for Civil Society at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in the Cameron Government from 15 May 2010 to 14 July 2014. On 28 November 2015, he was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for International Development following the resignation of Grant Shapps.

In the May Government, Hurd served as Minister of State for Industry and Climate Change from 16 July 2016 to 12 June 2017 at the newly created Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he was appointed as Minister of State for Policing and the Fire Service. He has subsequently served as Minister for London since 14 November 2018. On 25 July 2019, he resigned as Minister for Policing, becoming Minister of State for Northern Ireland.

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Early lifeEdit

After attending Sunningdale School and Eton College and Exeter College, Oxford (where he was a member of the Bullingdon Club),[2] Hurd ran his own business and represented a British bank in Brazil. In 2002, he set up the Small Business Network to advise the Conservative Party on business policy. More recently, he worked as Chief of Staff to Tim Yeo MP, who at the time was Shadow Secretary of State for Environment and Transport, and in the Conservative Research Department.

Parliamentary careerEdit

Hurd served as Chairman of the Climate Change sub-group of the Conservative Party's quality of life[3] policy review commission from 2006–2008. He has also served as a member of the Environmental Audit Select Committee (EAC) before becoming a minister. In May 2016, he was given the Green Ribbon Political Award as Parliamentarian of the year (MP), citing his work on the EAC and in promoting action against climate change while at DFID where he led the Energy Africa initiative promoting greater access to sustainable energy.[4]

Hurd came top in the Private member's bill ballot in November 2006, and introduced the Sustainable Communities Bill into the House of Commons. This achieved its third reading in June 2007 and after being passed by the House of Lords, the Sustainable Communities Act 2007 received Royal Assent in October 2007.[5]

In 2016, Hurd supported remain at the 2016 United Kingdom European Union membership referendum.

Hurd was promoted by David Cameron to the Opposition Whips' office in July 2007. He served as Opposition Whip until his appointment as Shadow Minister for Charities, Social Enterprise and Volunteering in October 2008. Hurd succeeded Amber Rudd as Minister for Climate Change and Industry, and served from July 2016 to June 2017. He was previously Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for International Development from November 2015 following the resignation of Grant Shapps[6] until the reshuffle following the appointment of Theresa May as Prime Minister in July 2016. During the Cameron–Clegg coalition he served as Minister for Civil Society from May 2010 until July 2014,[7] during which time he led the work on setting up the National Citizen Service and Big Society Capital.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

 
Hurd speaking in 2013

Hurd is eldest son of the Conservative Life Peer, Douglas Hurd, Baron Hurd of Westwell, a former Member of Parliament, Foreign Secretary under Margaret Thatcher and John Major, and a candidate in the 1990 leadership election. He is the fourth generation in the male line of his family to be elected to the House of Commons as a Conservative, following his father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Hurd met his first wife Kim Richards at Oxford University, and they married at Eton Chapel in 1988. The couple had two sons and two daughters together.[9] In 2008, they divorced after twenty years of marriage.[10] In 2010, he married Clare Kerr, daughter of the Conservative politician Michael Ancram (now Marquess of Lothian), after meeting at a party the previous year.[11] On 17 May 2012, Clare Hurd gave birth to a baby girl, Leila.[12] A son, Caspar Jamie Hurd, was born 30 September 2014.[13] Hurd's wife is heir presumptive to the Lordship Herries of Terregles, currently held by her mother the Marchioness of Lothian; the couple's son is second in the line of succession to the lordship.[citation needed]

He is a governor of Coteford Junior School,[14] a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Grocers.

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "Queen approves new members of the Privy Council: 14 November 2017".
  2. ^ Little, Mathew (15 October 2008). "In the red corner, and in the blue corner". Third Sector. Retrieved 20 November 2012.
  3. ^ Quality of Life
  4. ^ 2016 Green Ribbon Winners - CIWEM website. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Sustainable Communities Act 2007". www.opsi.gov.uk.
  6. ^ Resignation of Grant Shapps Sky News. Retrieved 8 August 2016
  7. ^ "Governance - Civil Society". www.civilsociety.co.uk.
  8. ^ Official biography Gov.uk website. Retrieved 8 August 2016
  9. ^ "Who's Who". Ukwhoswho.com. Retrieved 20 November 2012.
  10. ^ "Hurd's boy ends his love Tory". Dailymail.co.uk. 12 June 2008. Retrieved 20 November 2012.
  11. ^ "Tory clans to unite at Monteviot for wedding". The Southern Reporter. 25 August 2010. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  12. ^ Cracknell, James (18 May 2012). "MP Nick Hurd becomes a dad again". Uxbridge Gazette. Archived from the original on 20 May 2012. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  13. ^ "Caspar Jamie Hurd (born 2014)". Peerage News. 7 October 2014. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  14. ^ "Coteford Junior School". Coteford-jun.hillingdon.sch.uk. Archived from the original on 31 August 2010. Retrieved 20 November 2012.

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