David Nuttall

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David Nuttall
Member of Parliament
for Bury North
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by David Chaytor
Majority 2,243 (5.0%)
Personal details
Born (1962-03-25) 25 March 1962 (age 53)[1]
Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Susan
Residence Tottington, Lancashire
Alma mater University of London
Occupation Notary public
Religion Church of England
Website davidnuttall.info

David John Nuttall[2] (born 25 March 1962) is a British Conservative Party politician. He is Member of Parliament (MP) for Bury North, having won his seat in the House of Commons at the 2010 general election.[3]


Nuttall was born in Sheffield and educated at Aston Comprehensive School in Rotherham.[4] He left school at 18 and became a trainee solicitor in a firm of solicitors in Sheffield. He qualified as a fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives, and obtained a law degree by correspondence from the University of London.[4] He was admitted as a solicitor in December 1990 and became a partner in his firm, rising to senior partner in 1998. He became a notary public in November 1998.[4]


Nuttall joined the Conservative Party in 1980 and contested a number of local government elections, spending six years as a councillor on Rotherham Borough Council. He contested the constituency of Sheffield Hillsborough in the 1997 General Election, was one of the Conservative candidates for the constituency of Yorkshire and the Humber in the 1999 European Parliament elections, and contested the constituency of Morecambe and Lunesdale in the 2001 General Election.[4] He contested the seat of Bury North in 2005, but was defeated by incumbent Labour candidate David Chaytor. He contested the seat again in the 2010 election and was successful in overturning the Labour majority, winning by a margin of 2,243 (5.0%).[3][4] Nuttall lives with his wife, Susan, in Tottington, Lancashire.[4]

Appearances in Parliament[edit]

Nuttall made his maiden speech on 10 June 2010 during a debate on "Tackling Poverty in the UK".[5][6] In his speech Nuttall said: "I intend to be a strong and independent advocate for my constituents".

Nuttall's first question in the House of Commons attracted some local comment when, in the week that cuts in spending and public sector job cuts were announced, Nuttall chose to express regret over the freezing of the spending on the civil list and implications for the Queen's diamond jubilee.[7] The Bury Times carried several letters protesting his stance.[8][9][10][11]

Nuttall is rated as one of the Conservatives' most rebellious MPs.[12]

Nuttall also handed PM David Cameron a petition for the in/out referendum on the UK's membership in the EU after he got 100,000 signatures calling for it. Afterwards, David Cameron said he would not back such a referendum saying "it is in Britain's interest to remain in the EU". [13] On 5 February 2013 MP David Nuttall voted against in the House of Commons Second Reading vote on same-sex marriage in Britain.[14]

In 2013 Nuttall was one of 4 MPs who camped outside Parliament in a move to facilitate parliamentary debate on what they called an “Alternative Queen’s Speech” -an attempt to show what a future Conservative government might deliver.[15] Some 42 policies were listed including reintroduction of the death penalty and conscription, privatizing the BBC, banning the burka in public places and preparation to leave the European Union.[15]


External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
David Chaytor
Member of Parliament for Bury North