Nigel Mills (politician)

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Nigel Mills
MP
Member of Parliament
for Amber Valley
Incumbent
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Judy Mallaber
Majority 536 (1.16%)
Personal details
Born 1974 (age 39–40)[1]
Jacksdale, Nottinghamshire, England
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Alma mater University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Nigel John Mills[2] (born 1974[1]) is a Conservative Party politician in England. He has been Member of Parliament (MP) for Amber Valley since the 2010 general election, when he won the seat with a majority of 536.[3]

Early life[edit]

Mills was born in Jacksdale on the Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire border, and was educated at a Loughborough Grammar School and went on to study Classics at Newcastle University.[4]

Before Parliament[edit]

Mills qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1999, working for PricewaterhouseCoopers until early 2010, moving on to Deloitte working as a Tax Adviser to businesses.[4]

Mills was a borough councillor for the ward of Horsley, Horsley Woodhouse and Shipley, sitting on the Amber Valley borough council.[4] He was also a Heanor and Loscoe Town Councillor.

Parliamentary career[edit]

During Parliamentary recess in 2011, Mills volunteered with Voluntary Service Overseas in Tajikistan in a placement designed to improve the business environment and therefore stimulate the creation of jobs for more economically and socially vulnerable groups in the country. In 2012 Mills volunteered again in Tajikistan with VSO, advising the government on how to improve the business environment to attract investment and create jobs.

In October 2011, Mills voted for a referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union.[5] In August 2013, he voted against the Government's motion calling for support of possible British intervention in Syria.[6]

In November 2013, Mills launched an online petition calling for the Personal allowance in Income Tax to match and track an average working week on the National Minimum Wage, which would increase the Personal allowance to at least £12,304, cutting the tax by £460 for basic rate taxpayers.

Mills is a member of the Work and Pensions Select Committee,[7] Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee,[8] and the Immigration Bill Committee.[9]

In late 2013, he was awarded The Spectator's Parliamentarian of the Year Award.[10]

Amber Valley jobs fair[edit]

In September 2013, Mills organised and held the first Amber Valley Jobs Fair to help reduce unemployment in his constituency. The Fair was held at Ripley Leisure Centre, with over forty organisations,offering mostly short term contracts or low paid apprentice positions for school leavers,[11] and over six-hundred constituents attending.[12] Close to one-hundred constituents were successful in finding work, with unemployment in the constituency falling from 3.2% to 3%.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Mills was the partner of Gillian Shaw, the Conservative candidate for Amber Valley in the general elections of 2001 and 2005; she died of cancer in 2006.[14] He became engaged to Alice Elizabeth Ward in January 2013;[15] they married in September 2013.[16]

He lives in Langley Mill. He is keen on sport, he is a season ticket holder at Notts County F.C. and is a member of Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Judy Mallaber
Member of Parliament for Amber Valley
2010–present
Incumbent