|Skidmore (right) in 2013|
Member of Parliament
6 May 2010
|Preceded by||Roger Berry|
17 May 1981 |
Longwell Green, Avon, England, United Kingdom
|Alma mater||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.
Life and career
Skidmore worked for David Willetts and Michael Gove as an advisor and was Chairman of the Bow Group in 2007/8 He also worked for the right-leaning think tank Policy Exchange as a research fellow 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. 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. He presently sits on the Commons Select Committee on Education
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". Skidmore controversially defended the Government's austerity programme by claiming it hadn't left people "dying in the streets"
- 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)
- "Chris Skidmore MP". BBC Democracy Live. BBC. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
- London Gazette
- "Chris Skidmore - Official Website".
- Bow Group#Chairmen of the Bow Group
- "Kingswood". BBC News. Retrieved 7 May 2010.