Nigel Adams

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Nigel Adams
Nigel Adams MP.jpg
MP for the Selby and Ainsty area
Member of Parliament
for Selby and Ainsty
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Constituency Created
Majority 12,265 (23.7%)
Personal details
Born (1966-11-30) 30 November 1966 (age 47)[1]
Goole, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Claire Robson
Children Four (1 son, 3 daughters)
Alma mater Selby High School

Nigel Adams (born 30 November 1966) is a British Conservative Party politician, who was elected at the 2010 general election as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Selby and Ainsty in North Yorkshire.[2]

Early life[edit]

Born in Goole,[3] and raised in Selby, the son of a school caretaker and school cleaner, Nigel Adams attended Camblesforth Primary School and Selby High School. He left school in 1984, aged 17. Later, following redundancy, he set up a telecommunication company with a £20 government grant and went on to sell it to a PLC.

Non-political career[edit]

He worked in sales and marketing within the telecommunications industry. He was the founding managing director of Advanced Digital Telecom Ltd, 1993-1999. He was appointed director of JWE Telecom plc for a year in 1999. He became the non-executive chairman of Pareto Law plc from 2001 until 2002. In 2003 he was director of Ebor Events Ltd until 2005, when he became a director of the Yorkshire Tourist Board. He has been a director of NGC Networks Ltd since 2006.

Political career[edit]

Adams has been a member of the Conservative party since 1992, working as a volunteer for them in and between every election until 2010. He also served as president of the Selby Conservative Association, 2002–04 and Deputy Regional Chairman of the Yorkshire and Humberside Conservatives from 2002–03. He was a board member of the North of England Conservative Party from 2002–03.

He unsuccessfully contested the Rossendale and Darwen seat at the 2005 general election, coming second but reducing the sitting Labour MP, Janet Anderson's majority.

Despite the loss, Adams was then selected as the candidate for the Conservative Party in his newly created home seat of Selby and Ainsty in 2006. Four years later at the 2010 general election, Adams won the seat with a 23.7% majority.

Following his election to Parliament, Adams was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Leader of the House of Lords and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, The Lord Strathclyde,[4] and subsequently to his successor, The Lord Hill of Oareford.

Personal life[edit]

A keen sportsman, he plays competitive cricket in the York Senior League and is a former member of the Yorkshire Cricket Club's members committee. Adams is currently Secretary of the Lords and Commons Cricket Club. He is a fundraiser and is active on the Yorkshire committee of the Lord's Taverners and a patron of the Selby Hands of Hope charity. He has served as a governor at two of his former schools, Camblesforth Primary (2002–04) and Selby High School since 2007.


  1. ^ "Nigel Adams MP". BBC News. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "Election 2010: Selby and Ainsty". BBC News. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ UK Parliament Biographies

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament for Selby and Ainsty