Nicholas Scott

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Sir Nicholas Scott
Sir Nicholas Scott 1996.jpg
Scott during a TV interview in 1996
Minister of State for Social Security
In office
13 June 1987 – 20 July 1994
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
John Major
Preceded byJohn Major
Succeeded byWilliam Hague
Member of Parliament
for Chelsea
In office
10 October 1974 – 1 May 1997
Preceded byMarcus Worsley
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
Member of Parliament
for Paddington South
In office
31 March 1966 – 28 February 1974
Preceded byRobert Allan
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
Personal details
Born(1933-08-05)5 August 1933
Edmonton, Middlesex, England
Died6 January 2005(2005-01-06) (aged 71)
London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, England
Political partyConservative
Elizabeth Robinson
(m. 1954; div. 1976)

Cecilia Tapsell (m. 1979)

Sir Nicholas Paul Scott KBE PC (5 August 1933 – 6 January 2005) was a British Conservative Party politician.[1]


Scott was born in Edmonton, Middlesex, to Percival John Scott, a Metropolitan Police officer, and his wife, Teresa Mary Murphy, who was Irish Catholic.[2] He was educated at Clapham College and was national chairman of the Young Conservatives in 1963. He served as a councillor on Holborn Borough Council 1956–59 and 1962–65.[3]

Scott contested Islington South West at the 1959 general election and at the 1964 election.

He entered the House of Commons on his third attempt, at the 1966 general election. He was returned as Member of Parliament (MP) for the Paddington South constituency, defeating Labour's Conrad Russell. When his seat was abolished after boundary changes for the February 1974 election, he stood in the new Paddington seat, but lost to the outgoing Paddington North MP Arthur Latham.

However, Marcus Worsley, the MP for the safe Conservative seat of Chelsea, decided to retire. Scott was selected as the new Conservative candidate, and at the October 1974 general election, he was returned with over 60% of the vote. He was made a Privy Councillor in 1989. A moderate Conservative, during his time in the House of Commons, he served as minister for social security, disabled people, Northern Ireland and employment. His period as Minister for the Disabled saw him come under attack from many campaigners, including his own daughter, a disability campaigner, when on behalf of the Government he 'talked out' the Civil Rights (Disabled Persons) Bill, a Private member's bill which aimed to outlaw discrimination on grounds of disability.[4] He was succeeded in this post by William Hague. Appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1964, he was knighted in the same order in 1995.[3]

Scott remained MP for Chelsea until the seat was abolished at the 1997 general election. He was initially selected as the Conservative candidate for the new Kensington and Chelsea constituency, but was subsequently deselected after allegations of alcoholism surfaced following an incident in which he was found passed out in a gutter during the party conference in Bournemouth.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Sir Nicholas was twice married. His first marriage to Elizabeth Robinson, by whom he had son, Christopher, and two daughters Victoria and Kirsty, ended in divorce. He married secondly to Hon. Cecilia Ann Tapsell, daughter of Bladen Hawke, 9th Baron Hawke, and had another son and daughter Patrick and Amber.[3]

Styles of address[edit]

  • 1933–1964: Nicholas Scott
  • 1964–1966: Nicholas Scott MBE
  • 1966–1974: Nicholas Scott MBE MP
  • 8 February – 10 October 1974: Nicholas Scott MBE
  • 1974–1989: Nicholas Scott MBE MP
  • 1989–1995: The Right Honourable Nicholas Scott MBE MP
  • 1995–1997: The Right Honourable Sir Nicholas Scott MP
  • 1997–2005: The Right Honourable Sir Nicholas Scott


  • Times Guide to the House of Commons, Times Newspapers Limited, 1992 edition.
  • Whitaker's Almanack, 2006 edition.


  1. ^ "Obituary: Sir Nicholas Scott". 7 January 2005. BBC News. 7 January 2005. Retrieved 9 September 2012.
  2. ^ Goldman, Lawrence (2013). Oxford Dictionary of National Biography 2005-2008. OUP Oxford. p. 1023. ISBN 9780199671540. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  3. ^ a b c Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knighthood (107 ed.). Burke's Peerage & Gentry. p. 3547. ISBN 0-9711966-2-1.
  4. ^ Hansard, HC 6ser vol 243 cols 1077-1100.
  5. ^ Roth, Andrew (2005) ""Obituary: Sir Nicholas Scott", The Guardian, 7 January 2005. Retrieved 22 May 2013.

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Robert Allan
Member of Parliament for Paddington South
1966February 1974
Constituency abolished
Preceded by
Marcus Worsley
Member of Parliament for Chelsea
October 19741997
Constituency abolished
Political offices
Preceded by
John Major
Minister of State for Social Security
(Minister for the Disabled)

(post transferred from Dept. of Health & Social Security
to Department of Social Security 25 July 1988)

Succeeded by
William Hague