Nick St Aubyn

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Nick St Aubyn
Member of Parliament
for Guildford
In office
1 May 1997 – 7 June 2001
Preceded by David Howell
Succeeded by Sue Doughty
Personal details
Born (1955-11-19) 19 November 1955 (age 59)
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Alma mater Trinity College, Oxford

Nicholas Francis St Aubyn, known as Nick St Aubyn (born 19 November 1955) is a Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom.

Early life[edit]

St Aubyn is the younger son of the Hon. Piers St Aubyn MC by his marriage to Mary Bailey-Southwell, and a grandson of Baron St Levan.[1] He went to Eton College, and Trinity College, Oxford, where he was a member of the Oxford University Liberal Club,[1] and where he was awarded a BA in PPE in 1977, later graduating MA.[2] Before Oxford, he lived and worked in Soweto, South Africa, through a placement with the Project Trust.

He worked as a Loan Officer for Morgan Guaranty Trust from 1977-81.[2] He was the head of the London office of Morgan Futures from 1981-4, then the head of the Sterling and Arbitrage Swaps Desk from 1984 to 1986.[2] He was Vice President of Kleinwort Benson Cross Finance from 1986 to 1987.[2] He worked for American International Group's Financial Products Division from 1987-89. From 1989-93, he was Chairman of Gemini Ltd. From 1993-97, he was Chairman of Fitzroy Joinery Ltd in Plymouth.[2][3]

Political career[edit]

From 1982 to 1986, St Aubyn was a Conservative councillor in Westminster City Council, representing a ward in Paddington.[4] He then fought the Truro by-election in March 1987 following the death of David Penhaligon,[2] when Matthew Taylor comfortably held the seat for the Liberals. He stood again in Truro at the 1987 general election,[2] more than halving the Liberal majority, but slipped back at the 1992 general election.[2]

Following the retirement of long-serving Conservative MP and former minister David Howell, St Aubyn was selected as Conservative candidate for Guildford in preparation for the 1997 general election.[2] Withstanding the national landslide against his party, he held the seat with a reduced majority over the Liberal Democrats, but at the 2001 election he narrowly lost the seat to the Liberal Democrat Sue Doughty.[5][6] While in parliament, he served on the Education Select Committee and was Parliamentary Private Secretary to Michael Portillo.[1] He did not contest the 2005 election, when Anne Milton narrowly retook the seat for the Conservatives.

Personal life[edit]

St Aubyn married Jane Brooks on 26 April 1980 and they have two sons and three daughters. St Aubyn's two sons are named Francis and Edward St Aubyn. His daughters are called Camillidia, Alicia and Katherine. None are married, despite the persistent efforts of Nick's wife.[2]

Books[edit]

  • Nick St Aubyn, Custom of the County (2010)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "In the news: Nick St Aubyn". Times Higher Education. Retrieved 27 October 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "VOTE 2001 - CANDIDATES". BBC Online. Retrieved 27 October 2010. 
  3. ^ Fitzroy Joinery Ltd
  4. ^ "House of Commons Hansard Debates for 10 Mar 2000 (pt 14)". Retrieved 27 October 2010. 
  5. ^ "VOTE 2001 - RESULTS & CONSTITUENCIES - Guildford". BBC Online. Retrieved 27 October 2010. 
  6. ^ "How the Tory class of '97 fared – Telegraph Blogs". The Daily Telegraph (London). 6 May 2007. Retrieved 27 October 2010. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
David Howell
Member of Parliament for Guildford
19972001
Succeeded by
Sue Doughty