Derek Thomas (politician)

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Derek Thomas
Official portrait of Derek Thomas crop 2.jpg
Member of Parliament
for St Ives
Assumed office
8 May 2015
Preceded by Andrew George
Majority 312 (0.6%)
Personal details
Born (1972-07-20) 20 July 1972 (age 46)
Cornwall, United Kingdom
Political party Conservative

Derek Gordon Thomas[1] is a British Conservative Party politician. He has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for St Ives since the general election in May 2015.[2]

Early life and career[edit]

Thomas was born in 1972 to parents who were missionaries.[3] He grew up in West Cornwall.[3] He completed a traditional Cornish Mason Apprenticeship.[3][4]

He studied in South London and then returned to West Cornwall to be a development manager for Mustard Seed, a voluntary organisation in Helston, Cornwall[3] which he used to use to demonstrate his strong religious beliefs to local school children, and Chapel Street Methodist Church, Penzance.[4] He later started his own small construction business.[3]

He has developed community projects which enable vulnerable adults to have better lives.[5]

Political career[edit]

Thomas served as Penwith District Councillor.[3]

He contested St Ives at the 2010 general election, coming 1,719 votes behind the Liberal Democrat incumbent Andrew George, whom he subsequently defeated in 2015.

Thomas supported Brexit in the 2016 European Union Referendum [6]

Thomas once again contended for the St Ives seat in the 2017 general election, his campaign including a visit by Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Andrea Leadsom to his Penzance office. He went on to be re-elected with an increased vote share, but a diminished majority of 312.

Thomas is currently the chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Brain Tumours.


  1. ^ "No. 61230". The London Gazette. 18 May 2015. p. 9120. 
  2. ^ "St Ives". Retrieved 8 May 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Derek Thomas - Prospective MP". St. Ives & The Isles of Scilly Conservatives. Cornwall, United Kingdom. Retrieved 8 May 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Meet the candidates: Derek Thomas, Conservative, (West Cornwall)". The West Briton. Truro, Cornwall. 8 January 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2015. 
  5. ^ Burton, Sarah. "About Me". Penzance, Cornwall. Retrieved 8 May 2015. 
  6. ^ Read. "Which Tory MPs back Brexit, who doesn't and who is still on the fence? | Coffee House". Retrieved 3 April 2017. 

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Andrew George
Member of Parliament
for St Ives