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 48)[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.[citation needed]

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 23.71% majority.[4]

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,[5] and subsequently to his successor, The Lord Hill of Oareford until his resignation in August 2014.

In September 2014 Adams was appointed to the Number 10 Policy Board[6] with responsibility for economic affairs.

In autumn 2013, Adams gained praise from the Chancellor, George Osborne for successfully leading the campaign to restore the concessionary coal allowance[7] to retired coal miners,[8] who had their allowance stopped following the collapse of UK Coal.

The Selby District is home to two large, mainly coal fired power stations, Drax power station and Eggborough power station, both aiming to convert from fossil fuel to renewable energy generation via sustainable biomass. Adams is Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Biomass Group.[9] He is also Vice Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group[10] as Tadcaster in the Selby and Ainsty constituency is a brewing town with Heineken, Molson Coors and Samuel Smith's Old Brewery.

Personal life[edit]

A keen sportsman, he played 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 and whilst captaining the side against MCC in June 2013 at Lord's Cricket Ground he scored his career best innings of 125 not out.[11]

He is a patron of the Selby Hands of Hope charity[12] and is active on the Yorkshire committee of the Lord's Taverners. He has served as a governor at two of his former schools, Camblesforth Primary school[13] (2002–04) and Selby High School (2007–11).


  1. ^ "Nigel Adams MP". BBC News. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "Election 2010: Selby and Ainsty". BBC News. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "Who's Who". Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "Nigel Adams MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  5. ^ UK Parliament Biographies
  6. ^ [http:].
  7. ^ "Guarantee of free coal to 1,500 former miners". Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  8. ^ "Coal concession for ex-miners to be reinstated". York Press. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  9. ^ "Comment: There's right and wrong ways to develop the UK's biomass". Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  10. ^ "House of Commons – Register Of All-Party Groups as at 18 August 2014: Beer". Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  11. ^ "Lords & Commons CC v MCC at Lords Cricket Ground, 16 June". Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  12. ^ "Home - Selby Hands of Hope". Selby Hands of Hope. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  13. ^ "About Us – Camblesforth Community Primary School". Retrieved 29 September 2014. 

External links[edit]

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