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, England, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Alma mater Christ Church, Oxford
Religion Anglican

Christopher 'Chris' James Skidmore FRHistS MP (born 17 May 1981) is a British politician, author and historian.[2] He serves as the Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Kingswood, 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, in south west England, before going up to Christ Church in the University of Oxford, graduating in 2002 with a first class degree in Modern History (BA) as well as MSt.[4]

Life and career[edit]

Skidmore worked for David Willetts and Michael Gove as an advisor and was Chairman of the Bow Group in 2007/8[5] He also worked for the right-leaning think tank Policy Exchange as a research fellow[6] before being selected to contest the key marginal seat of Kingswood in 2009.

He was elected in 2010, taking the seat from the Labour Party.[7] He was a member of the Commons Select Committee on Health, but was discharged from the committee on 17 June 2013 and replaced by Charlotte Leslie.[8] He presently sits on the Commons Select Committee on Education[9]

Skidmore 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] Skidmore controversially defended the Government's austerity programme by claiming it hadn't left people "dying in the streets"[11]



  • 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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