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Ault was raised in Grappenhall, Cheshire attending The Grange School, Hartford. He studied for an Open degree at the Open University and subsequently received his PhD from the University of Exeter in 2014.
Ault entered local politics in 1992 being elected to the Appleton Parish Council at the age of 21. He contested the Wyre parliamentary constituency in the same year and South Lancashire European Parliamentary constituency in 1994 – where present leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron, acted as Ault's election agent. Having moved to Cornwall to become election agent to future Liberal Democrat MP, Colin Breed, he contested Calstock in the 1997 Cornwall County Council Elections. Working for the Liberal Democrats he was agent for the Eddisbury, Wigan, Preston and Ogmore by-elections between 1999 and 2002 and contested the Methyr Tydil and Rhymney Welsh Assembly Seat in 2003. Having returned to Cornwall in 2003 he won the Rame division of Cornwall County Council, defeating the present Member of Parliament for South East Cornwall, Sheryll Murray in 2005.
Ault also appeared on BBC's Top Gear where he won ‘The Fastest Political Party’ in Season 2 of the show in 2003.
Ault is also involved in international and UK election observation in his role as Director of Democracy Volunteers. He has observed international elections in the United States, Kazakhstan and Canada as well as UK elections and referendums.
In 2008, Ault became a member of staff at the University of Exeter (Penryn) where he now lectures politics as an Associate Research Fellow and is director of the Cornish Audio-Visual Archive (CAVA).
In Book Form
The other Rathbone: Beatrice, the trans-Atlantic envoy, Issue 71 Women's History Magazine, Spring 2013
- The Times Guide to the House of Commons 1992, p. 248