Nigel Waterson

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Nigel Waterson
Member of the United Kingdom Parliament
for Eastbourne
In office
9 April 1992 – 12 April 2010
Preceded by David Bellotti
Succeeded by Stephen Lloyd
Personal details
Born (1950-10-12) 12 October 1950 (age 64)
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Barbara Waterson
Alma mater The Queen's College, Oxford

Nigel Christopher Waterson (born 12 October 1950, Leeds) is a politician in the United Kingdom. He was Conservative Party member of Parliament for Eastbourne until the 2010 election. He was first elected in 1992. He was a junior minister in the government of John Major.

Early life[edit]

He attended Leeds Grammar School (then a direct grant grammar school) and at The Queen's College, Oxford he read law, getting a BA in 1971. He became a barrister and founded the firm Waterson Hicks. From 1974-8 he was a councillor on Hammersmith and Fulham borough council.

Parliamentary career[edit]

He contested Islington South and Finsbury in 1979.

Waterson was the Shadow Minister for Pensions and Conservative Spokesman for Older People and is a patron of many local charities including President of the Eastbourne Constitutional Club and Vice President for Age Concern - Eastbourne. In the Conservative leadership contest in 2005 he backed Ken Clarke to be the next leader before Clarke lost in a preliminary round.

Waterson lost his seat to the Liberal Democrat Stephen Lloyd in the 2010 general election. Following the election Waterson sued Lloyd for libel regarding claims in a general election campaign leaflet.[1] Waterson lost this case on appeal in 2013, after winning the initial High Court case in 2011.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Waterson married Dr Barbara Judge in 1999. They have two teenage children.[3]

On 29 January 2008 Waterson was arrested for allegedly assaulting his two teenage children.[4] In 2010 the Metropolitan Police Service apologised for any distress caused by the arrest, accepting the allegations were wholly unfounded, and paid damages and costs to Waterson in settlement of a civil claim for wrongful arrest and false imprisonment.[5]


  1. ^ "Ex-MP to sue successor over 'expense claim libel'". BBC. 4 August 2010. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  2. ^ "Former Eastbourne MP loses bid for full trial in libel claim". BBC. 30 July 2013. Retrieved 24 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Nigel Waterson website - Biography". Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  4. ^ "Tory MP arrested for 'assaulting his children'". The Daily Telegraph. 29 January 2008. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  5. ^ "Ex MP Nigel Waterson wins damages from Met Police". BBC. 24 September 2010. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
David Bellotti
Member of Parliament for Eastbourne
Succeeded by
Stephen Lloyd