|Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State
for The Civil Society
15 May 2010
|Prime Minister||David Cameron|
|Preceded by||Angela Smith|
|Member of Parliament
for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner
5 May 2005
|Preceded by||John Wilkinson|
13 May 1962 |
City of Westminster, England
|Relations||The Lord Hurd of Westwell PC CH CBE (father);
The Marquess of Lothian PC QC DL (father-in-law)
|Alma mater||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 is currently Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Charities, Social Enterprise and Volunteering at the Cabinet Office in the Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition Government.
After attending Sunningdale School and Eton College and graduating from Oxford University (where he was a member of the Bullingdon Club, as were David Cameron and Boris Johnson), 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.
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..
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.
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.
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. Their elder son Max Hurd modelled in Burberry's Spring/Summer campaign 2010, alongside Emma Watson. In 2008, they divorced after twenty years of marriage. 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. On 17 May 2012, Lady Clare Hurd gave birth to a baby girl, Leila.
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- Nick Hurd MP official site
- Blog at Conservative Home
- Nick Hurd at the Cabinet Office
- Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
- Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 1803–2005
- Current session contributions in Parliament at Hansard
- Electoral history and profile at The Guardian
- Voting record at Public Whip
- Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou
- Profile at Westminster Parliamentary Record
- Profile at BBC News Democracy Live
- Maiden speech in the House of Commons, 15 June 2005 (Hansard)
- Debrett's People of Today
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Ruislip-Northwood
|New constituency||Member of Parliament for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner