Nick St Aubyn

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Nick St Aubyn
Member of Parliament
for Guildford
In office
1 May 1997 – 14 May 2001
Preceded by David Howell
Succeeded by Sue Doughty
Personal details
Born (1955-11-19) 19 November 1955 (age 61)
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Alma mater Trinity College, Oxford

Nicholas Francis St Aubyn (born 19 November 1955) is a Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom.

Early life[edit]

St Aubyn is the younger son of the Hon. Piers St Aubyn MC by his marriage to Mary Bailey-Southwell, and a grandson of Baron St Levan.[1] He went to Eton College, and Trinity College, Oxford, where he was a member of the Oxford University Liberal Club.[1] He was awarded a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in PPE in 1977; the BA was later promoted to a Master of Arts (MA Oxon) degree.[2] Before Oxford, he lived and worked in Soweto, South Africa, through a placement with the Project Trust.

He worked as a Loan Officer for Morgan Guaranty Trust from 1977-81.[2] He was the head of the London office of Morgan Futures from 1981-4, then the head of the Sterling and Arbitrage Swaps Desk from 1984 to 1986.[2] He was Vice President of Kleinwort Benson Cross Finance from 1986 to 1987.[2] He worked for American International Group's Financial Products Division from 1987-89. From 1989-93, he was Chairman of Gemini Ltd. From 1993-97, he was Chairman of Fitzroy Joinery Ltd in Plymouth.[2][3]

Political career[edit]

From 1982 to 1986, St Aubyn was a Conservative councillor in Westminster City Council, representing a ward in Paddington.[4] He then fought the Truro by-election in March 1987 following the death of David Penhaligon,[2] when Matthew Taylor comfortably held the seat for the Liberals. He stood again in Truro at the 1987 general election,[2] more than halving the Liberal majority, but slipped back at the 1992 general election.[2]

Following the retirement of long-serving Conservative MP and former minister David Howell, St Aubyn was selected as Conservative candidate for Guildford in preparation for the 1997 general election.[2] Withstanding the national landslide against his party, he held the seat with a reduced majority over the Liberal Democrats, but at the 2001 election he narrowly lost the seat to the Liberal Democrat Sue Doughty.[5][6] While in parliament, he served on the Education Select Committee and was Parliamentary Private Secretary to Michael Portillo.[1] He did not contest the 2005 election, when Anne Milton narrowly retook the seat for the Conservatives.

Personal life[edit]

St Aubyn married Jane Brooks on 26 April 1980 and they have two sons (Henry and Edward) and three daughters (Kitty, Alice and Camilla). [2][citation needed] His older brother inherited the title Lord St Levan from their uncle the 4th Baron St Levan.[7]


  • Nick St Aubyn, Custom of the County (2010)


  1. ^ a b c "In the news: Nick St Aubyn". Times Higher Education. Retrieved 27 October 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "VOTE 2001 - CANDIDATES". BBC Online. Retrieved 27 October 2010. 
  3. ^ Fitzroy Joinery Ltd
  4. ^ "House of Commons Hansard Debates for 10 Mar 2000 (pt 14)". Retrieved 27 October 2010. 
  5. ^ "VOTE 2001 - RESULTS & CONSTITUENCIES - Guildford". BBC Online. Retrieved 27 October 2010. 
  6. ^ "How the Tory class of '97 fared – Telegraph Blogs". The Daily Telegraph. London. 6 May 2007. Retrieved 27 October 2010. 
  7. ^ "The 4th Lord St Levan". The Daily Telegraph. 7 April 2013. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
David Howell
Member of Parliament for Guildford
Succeeded by
Sue Doughty