Chris Skidmore

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Chris Skidmore
Chris Skidmore MP (right) and Circle Partnership's Steve Melton.jpg
Skidmore (right) in 2013

Member of Parliament
for Kingswood
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Roger Berry
Majority 2,445 (5.1%)
Personal details
Born (1981-05-17) 17 May 1981 (age 33)[1]
Longwell Green, Avon
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Alma mater Christ Church, Oxford
Occupation Politician
Profession Author and historian
Religion Anglican

Christopher 'Chris' James Skidmore FRHistS FSA MP (born 17 May 1981) is a British politician, author and historian.[2]

He serves as the Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Kingswood, Gloucestershire, UK.

Early life[edit]

Skidmore was born on 17 May 1981 at Longwell Green in South Gloucestershire (then in the county of Avon), in the West of England. He became an active member of the Conservative Party in 1996.[3]


Christ Church, Oxford

Skidmore was educated at Bristol Grammar School, a mixed independent school in the City of Bristol, Avon, south west England, before going up to Christ Church, Oxford, graduating in 2002 with a first class degree in Modern History (BA), and later as MSt.[4]

Life and career[edit]

Skidmore worked for David Willetts and Michael Gove as an advisor, and served as Chairman of the Bow Group for 2007-08,[5] before being appointed by another right-leaning think tank, Policy Exchange, as a Research Fellow.[6]

After being selected to contest the marginal seat of Kingswood for the Conservatives in 2009, he was elected as its Member of Parliament in 2010, winning the seat from the Labour Party.[7]

Skidmore served as a member of the Commons Select Committee on Health, leaving that committee on 17 June 2013 (being replaced by Charlotte Leslie),[8] to sit on the Commons Select Committee on Education.[9] He is also a member of the Free Enterprise Group of MPs, and along with colleagues co-authored After the Coalition (2011) and Britannia Unchained (2012). The authors of Britannia Unchained claimed that "Once they enter the workplace, the British are among the worst idlers in the world".[10] The Daily Mirror reported that Skidmore controversially defended the Government's austerity programme by claiming it hadn't left people "dying in the streets".[11] He is a regular guest on BBC political programmes, such as The Daily Politics.



  • Edward VI: The Lost King of England (2007)
  • Death and The Virgin: Elizabeth, Dudley and the Mysterious Death of Amy Robsart (2010)
  • Bosworth: The Birth of the Tudors (2013) (published in the United States as The Rise of the Tudors: The Family That Changed English History, 2014)


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