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Nigel Christopher Waterson (born 12 October 1950)[1] is a British former politician. He was the Conservative Member of Parliament for Eastbourne from 1992 until 2010. Waterson was a junior minister in the government of John Major. He has been the chairman of the Equity Release Council since 2012.[1]

Nigel Waterson
Member of Parliament
for Eastbourne
In office
9 April 1992 – 12 April 2010
Preceded byDavid Bellotti
Succeeded byStephen Lloyd
Personal details
Born (1950-10-12) 12 October 1950 (age 69)
Leeds, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Political partyConservative
Barbara Judge (m. 1999)
EducationLeeds Grammar School
Alma materThe Queen's College, Oxford

Early lifeEdit

He attended Leeds Grammar School (then a direct grant grammar school) and at The Queen's College, Oxford he read law, getting a BA in 1971. He became a barrister and founded the firm Waterson Hicks. From 1974-8 he was a councillor on Hammersmith and Fulham borough council.

Parliamentary careerEdit

He contested Islington South and Finsbury in 1979.

Waterson was the Shadow Minister for Pensions and Conservative Spokesman for Older People. He is a patron of many local charities, including President of the Eastbourne Constitutional Club and Vice President for Age Concern - Eastbourne. In the Conservative leadership contest in 2005 he backed Ken Clarke to be the next leader before Clarke lost in a preliminary round.

Waterson lost his seat to the Liberal Democrat Stephen Lloyd in the 2010 general election. This was just following the parliamentary expenses scandal, and Lloyd used his campaign literature to make claims about Waterson's expenses. Following the election, Waterson sued Lloyd for libel over these statements.[2] Waterson lost this case on appeal in 2013, after winning the initial High Court case in 2011.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

Waterson married Barbara Judge in 1999. He had two previous marriages, both ending in divorce, and has a son and a daughter.[1][4][5] On 29 January 2008, Waterson was arrested for allegedly assaulting his two teenage children.[6] In 2010 the Metropolitan Police Service apologised for any distress caused by the arrest, accepting the allegations were wholly unfounded, and paid damages and costs to Waterson in settlement of a civil claim for wrongful arrest and false imprisonment.[7]

In January 2019 his adopted son, Stephen Waterson, was put on trial accused of manslaughter by crushing his girlfriend's son with his car seat. He was also accused of intimidating the driver of the car.[8] His girlfriend was found guilty of child cruelty in May 2019, and sentenced to two and a half years in prison, but the jury failed to reach a verdict on Stephen Waterson.[9] On the first day of his re-trial in September 2019, he changed his plea to guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence.[10][11]


  1. ^ a b c "Waterson, Nigel Christopher, (born 12 Oct. 1950), Chairman: Equity Release Council, since 2012; Trustee Board, NOW: Pensions, since 2011". Who's Who. 2007. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.38994.
  2. ^ "Ex-MP to sue successor over 'expense claim libel'". BBC News. 4 August 2010. Retrieved 25 September 2010.
  3. ^ "Former Eastbourne MP loses bid for full trial in libel claim". BBC News. 30 July 2013. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  4. ^ "Nigel Waterson website - Biography". Archived from the original on 12 October 2010. Retrieved 25 September 2010.
  5. ^ "Vote 2001 candidate Nigel Watson". BBC News. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  6. ^ "Tory MP arrested for 'assaulting his children'". The Daily Telegraph. 29 January 2008. Retrieved 25 September 2010.
  7. ^ "Ex MP Nigel Waterson wins damages from Met Police". BBC News. 24 September 2010. Retrieved 25 September 2010.
  8. ^ "Alfie Lamb death: Accused toddler killer is former Government minister's son". BBC News. 5 February 2019. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  9. ^ "'Car seat crush' death mum jailed". BBC News. 30 May 2019 – via
  10. ^ "Man admits crushing boy, 3, to death with car seat". The Guardian. 2 September 2019. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  11. ^ "Alfie Lamb car seat death: Man admits manslaughter". BBC News. 2 September 2019.

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