Damien Moore

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Damien Moore

Damien Moore MP.jpg
Official parliamentary portrait 2017
Member of Parliament
for Southport
Assumed office
8 June 2017
Preceded byJohn Pugh
Majority2,914 (6.1%)
Personal details
Born (1980-04-26) 26 April 1980 (age 39)[1]
Workington, Cumbria, England
Political partyConservative

Damien Moore (born 26 April 1980) is a British Conservative Party politician.[2] He is the Member of Parliament (MP) for Southport[3] and a former Councillor on Preston City Council. He was elected in the 2017 general election with a majority of 2,914 votes,[4] taking a seat previously held by Liberal Democrat John Pugh until his retirement.[5]

Early life and education[edit]

Moore was born in Workington in Cumbria. He studied history at the University of Central Lancashire.[6] After graduating, he worked in various roles in the retail sector, gaining promotion to be a retail manager for Asda.[7]

He was first elected as a councillor for the Conservative Party on Preston City Council on 3 May 2010 for the Greyfriars Ward.[8] Although the vote share for the Conservatives fell, he won by a large majority. He was re-elected with an increased majority on 5 May 2016. He has served as deputy leader of the Conservative group on the Council and as Chairman of the Preston Conservative Association. He unsuccessfully stood as the Conservative candidate in the Preston West division in the Lancashire County Council elections in 2013 and 2017.[9][10]

Member of Parliament[edit]

Moore stood unsuccessfully as the Conservative candidate for the Southport in the 2015 general election, losing to the incumbent Liberal Democrat John Pugh. After Pugh declined to stand again, Moore achieved a swing of 7.6% from the Liberal Democrats to take the Southport in the 2017 general election, becoming the first Conservative MP for the seat since 1997 and the first openly gay MP in the seat's history. The election also left him as the only Conservative MP on Merseyside.[11] In advance of the 2018 Preston City Council election, Moore resigned as a city councillor.

Moore advocated his support for Britain leaving the European Union in the run up to being elected as an MP and has voted for cutting ties with the EU consistently since becoming an MP.[12][13]

On 11 September 2017, Damien Moore was appointed to the Petitions Committee. The committee assists members of the public in raising issues directly.[14] Since January 2018 he has also served on the Science and Technology Committee.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Moore lives in Preston.[16] He is openly gay.[17][18][19]


  1. ^ "Members' Names Data Platform query". UK Parliament. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Damien Moore selected as the Conservative parliamentary candidate for Southport". Southport Conservatives.
  3. ^ "Damien Moore MP". UK Parliament.
  4. ^ Bona, Emilia (9 June 2017). "Southport falls to Tories after 20 years of Lib Dem rule". Liverpool Echo.
  5. ^ Bona, Emilia (9 June 2017). "Southport won by Conservatives in General Election 2017". Southport Visiter. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  6. ^ Moore, Damien. ukwhoswho.com. Who's Who. 2018 (February 2018 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 13 February 2018. (subscription or UK public library membership required)
  7. ^ Bona, Emilia (28 April 2017). "Conservatives choose Southport Parliamentary candidate for General Election". Southport Visiter.
  8. ^ "Councillor Damien Moore". Preston City Council. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  9. ^ "New leaders announced in Preston's Conservative group". Lancashire Evening Post. 14 May 2015. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  10. ^ Dale, Iain (7 September 2017). The Politicos Guide to the New House of Commons 2017.
  11. ^ "Election results 2017: Conservatives gain Southport". BBC News. 9 June 2017. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  12. ^ "Southport constituency candidates for General Election 2017". Liverpool Echo. 26 May 2017. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  13. ^ "They Work for You". They work for you. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  14. ^ "Membership - Petitions Committee". parliament.uk. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  15. ^ "Damien Moore MP". GOV.UK. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  16. ^ "Merseyside's only Tory MP accused of trying to hide the fact he is a Tory". Liverpool Echo. 22 April 2018. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  17. ^ Hovden, Martin (12 June 2017). "Damien Moore. As a gay MP I support Prime Minister's equal rights assurance". Qlocal Southport. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  18. ^ Reynolds, Andrew (5 June 2017). "General Election 2017: UK Set to Break Record for Highest Number of LGBTQ MPs After General Election". Pink News.
  19. ^ "As a gay MP, I Support PM's Equal Rights Assurance". OTS News. 12 June 2017.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Pugh
Member of Parliament
for Southport