Nick Hurd

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The Honourable
Nick Hurd
Nick Hurd, Minister for Civil Society.jpg
Minister for Civil Society
In office
15 May 2010 – 14 July 2014
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Angela Smith
Succeeded by Brooks Newmark
Member of Parliament
for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner
Ruislip-Northwood (2005-2010)
Assumed office
5 May 2005
Preceded by John Wilkinson
Majority 19,060 (38%)
Personal details
Born (1962-05-13) 13 May 1962 (age 52)
City of Westminster, London, England
Political party Conservative
Relations The Lord Hurd of Westwell PC CH CBE (father);
The Marquess of Lothian PC QC DL (father-in-law)
Alma mater Eton College
Exeter College, Oxford

Nicholas Richard Hurd (born 13 May 1962), known as Nick Hurd, is a United Kingdom Conservative Member of Parliament. He was elected Member for Ruislip-Northwood (now Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner) at the May 2005 general election with 47.7% of the votes. Hurd was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Charities, Social Enterprise and Volunteering at the Cabinet Office in the Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition Government until July 2014.

Early life[edit]

Chapel of Eton College

After attending Sunningdale School and Eton College and graduating from Exeter College, Oxford (where he was a member of the Bullingdon Club, as were David Cameron, George Osborne, Boris Johnson and Jo Johnson[1]), Hurd ran his own business and represented a British bank in Brazil. In 2002, he set up the Small Business Network to advise the Conservative Party on business policy. More recently, he worked as Chief of Staff to Tim Yeo MP, who at the time was Shadow Secretary of State for Environment and Transport, and in the Conservative Research Department.

Parliamentary career[edit]

The Hon Nick Hurd MP is Minister for Civil Society. He also serves as a member of the Environmental Audit Select Committee (EAC). The EAC remit is "to consider to what extent the policies and programmes of government departments and non-departmental public bodies contribute to environmental protection and sustainable development; to audit their performance against such targets as may be set for them by Her Majesty's Ministers; and to report thereon to the House." The EAC is tasked with monitoring the government and its agencies with regard to environmental protection and sustainability, and within this term of parliament, focussing particularly on climate change.

He was Chairman of the Climate Change sub-group of the Conservative Party's Quality of Life policy review commission, 2006-2008.

Nick Hurd MP came top in the Private Member's Bill ballot in November 2006, and introduced the Sustainable Communities Bill into the House of Commons. This achieved its third reading in June 2007 and after being passed by the House of Lords, the Sustainable Communities Act 2007 received Royal Assent in October 2007.[1].

Nick Hurd MP was promoted by David Cameron to the Opposition Whips' office in July 2007. He served as Opposition Whip until his appointment as Shadow Minister for Charities, Social Enterprise and Volunteering in October 2008.

Nick Hurd resigned his role as Minister for Civil Society on 14 July 2014.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Hurd speaking in 2013

The Hon Nick Hurd MP is eldest son of the Conservative Life Peer, Douglas, Lord Hurd of Westwell formerly Member of Parliament, Foreign Secretary and leadership contender under Baroness Thatcher and successively under Sir John Major.

He is the fourth generation in the male line of his family to be elected to the House of Commons as a Conservative, following his father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Nick Hurd met his first wife Kim Richards at Oxford University, and they married at Eton Chapel in 1988. The couple has two sons and two daughters together.[3] Their elder son Max Hurd modelled in Burberry's Spring/Summer campaign 2010, alongside Emma Watson.[4] In 2008, they divorced after twenty years of marriage.[5] In 2010, he married Lady Clare Kerr, daughter of the Conservative politician Michael Ancram (now Marquess of Lothian), and 17 years Hurd's junior, after meeting at a party the previous year.[6] On 17 May 2012, Lady Clare Hurd gave birth to a baby girl, Leila.[7] A son, Caspar Jamie Hurd, was born 30 September 2014.[8] The new baby is an heir presumptive to the Lordship Herries of Terregles, currently held by Lady Clare's maternal aunt Mary Mumford, Lady Herries of Terregles, née Lady Mary Fitzalan-Howard. (Lady Clare is third in line of succession after her aunt Lady Sarah Clutton, and her mother the Marchioness of Lothian; her son Caspar is now fourth in line of succession).

He is a Governor of Coteford Junior School,[9] a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Grocers.


  1. ^ "In the red corner, and in the blue corner". Third Sector. 2008-10-15. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
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  3. ^ "Who's Who". Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  4. ^ "Burberry Spring/Summer 2010 Campaign starring Max Hurd | Fashion Directory". F.TAPE. 2010-01-06. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  5. ^ "Hurd's boy ends his love Tory". 2008-06-12. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  6. ^ "Nick Hurd MP marries Lady Clare Kerr". 2011-09-05. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ "Caspar Jamie Hurd (born 2014)". Peerage News. 2014-10-07. Retrieved 2014-10-26. 
  9. ^ "Coteford Junior School". Retrieved 2012-11-20. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Wilkinson
Member of Parliament for Ruislip-Northwood
constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner