|Member of Parliament
for Oxford West and Abingdon
6 May 2010
|Preceded by||Evan Harris|
16 October 1979 |
Johannesburg, South Africa
|Alma mater||St Anne's College, Oxford and Emmanuel College, Cambridge|
|Religion||Church of England|
Nicola Claire Blackwood (born 16 October 1979, Johannesburg, South Africa) is a Conservative Party politician. She was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Oxford West and Abingdon in the 2010 election.
Political career 
Blackwood was chosen as the candidate for the Conservative party at an open primary on 13 November 2006. The seat had been held by the Conservatives since creation in 1983 until 1997, when it was won by Dr. Evan Harris for the Liberal Democrats. He held the seat comfortably in 2001 and 2005. Boundary changes reduced Liberal Democrat support, with 8,000 students moved to the Oxford East constituency and more rural voters added. Blackwood won Oxford West and Abingdon in the 2010 general election by 176 votes on a 6.9% Liberal Democrat-Conservative swing.
In late 2010, Blackwood was elected to serve on the Home Affairs Select Committee, which is responsible for examining the expenditure, administration and policy of the Home Office and its associated public bodies for parliament. She is also secretary of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Overseas Development (Apgood). Before her election to parliament, Blackwood worked as a volunteer on human rights and aid projects in the Middle East, Mozambique, Rwanda and Bangladesh, and has also worked as a volunteer among the disadvantaged in Birmingham and Blackpool. Prior to running for office, Blackwood worked with the Conservative Party Human Rights Group which was set up to find ways for the UK to combat human rights abuses in places like Burma and the DRC. She has also worked as an adviser to the then Shadow International Development Secretary, Andrew Mitchell. She is also a member of the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission, as well as holding a position on the Council of Advisors for ZANE, a charity which seeks to support pensioners in Zimbabwe.
Personal life 
Blackwood was born in 1979 in Johannesburg but raised in Oxford after her family returned to the United Kingdom two months after her birth. She trained as a classical singer at Trinity College of Music from the age of 14. She was home schooled for her GCSEs and A-Levels, during which time she suffered serious illness. Blackwood went to St Anne's College, Oxford where she obtained a First in music, and later obtained an M.Phil. in musicology from Emmanuel College, Cambridge. She has been a member of the Conservative Christian Fellowship since 2005, and attends the Church of England St Aldate's Church in Oxford.
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- Oxford City Conservatives — Nicola Blackwood[dead link]
- Profile of Nicola Blackwood
- Nicola Blackwood â€“ Member of Parliament for Oxford West and Abingdon - About Nicola
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