FRHistS FSA MP
|Skidmore (right) in 2013|
|Member of Parliament
6 May 2010
|Preceded by||Roger Berry|
17 May 1981 |
Longwell Green, Avon
|Alma mater||Christ Church, Oxford|
|Profession||Author and historian|
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.
Life and career
Skidmore worked for David Willetts and Michael Gove as an advisor, and served as Chairman of the Bow Group for 2007-08, before being appointed by another right-leaning think tank, Policy Exchange, as a Research Fellow.
Skidmore served as a member of the Commons Select Committee on Health, leaving that committee on 17 June 2013 (being replaced by Charlotte Leslie), to sit on the Commons Select Committee on Education. 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". The Daily Mirror reported that Skidmore controversially defended the Government's austerity programme by claiming it hadn't left people "dying in the streets". He is a regular guest on BBC political programmes, such as The Daily Politics.
Skidmore was named by Conservative Home in 2012 as one of a minority of loyal Conservative backbench MPs not to have voted against the government in any significant rebellions.
- Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (2008)
- Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (2010)
- Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (2014)
- 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.
- Barrett, Matthew. "The 24 Conservative MPs who are still on the backbenches and have never rebelled". Conservative Home. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
- Campaign website
- Profile on the Conservative Party website
- Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
- Voting record at Public Whip
- Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou