Nigel Adams

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Nigel Adams
Nigel Adams MP.jpg
MP for the Selby and Ainsty area
Member of Parliament
for Selby and Ainsty
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Constituency Created
Majority 13,557 (25.7%)
Personal details
Born (1966-11-30) 30 November 1966 (age 48)[1]
Goole, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Claire Robson
Children Four (1 son, 3 daughters)
Alma mater Selby High School

Nigel Adams (born 30 November 1966) is a British Conservative Party politician, who was elected at the 2010 general election as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Selby and Ainsty in North Yorkshire.[2]

Early life[edit]

Born in Goole,[3] and raised in Selby, the son of a school caretaker and school cleaner, Nigel Adams attended Camblesforth Primary School and Selby High School. He left school in 1984, aged 17.

Political career[edit]

Adams has been a member of the Conservative Party since 1992, working as a volunteer for them in and between every election until 2010. He also served as president of the Selby Conservative Association, 2002–04 and Deputy Regional Chairman of the Yorkshire and Humberside Conservatives from 2002–03. He was a board member of the North of England Conservative Party from 2002–03.[citation needed]

He unsuccessfully contested the Rossendale and Darwen seat at the 2005 general election, coming second but reducing the sitting Labour MP, Janet Anderson's majority.[citation needed]

Despite the loss, Adams was then selected as the candidate for the Conservative Party in his newly created home seat of Selby and Ainsty in 2006. Four years later at the 2010 general election, Adams won the seat with a 23.71% majority.[4]

Following his election to Parliament in 2010, Adams was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Leader of the House of Lords and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, The Lord Strathclyde,[5] and subsequently to his successor, The Lord Hill of Oareford until his resignation in August 2014. In September 2014 Adams was appointed to the Number 10 Policy Board[6] with responsibility for economic affairs.

In autumn 2013, Adams gained praise from the Chancellor, George Osborne for successfully leading the campaign to restore the concessionary coal allowance[7] to retired coal miners,[8] who had their allowance stopped following the collapse of UK Coal.

In December 2014, Adams and Mark Crane, leader of Selby District Council successfully lobbied race organisers for Selby District to host a stage of the international cycle race known as the Tour de Yorkshire[9]

The Selby District is home to two large, mainly coal fired power stations, Drax power station and Eggborough power station, both aiming to convert from fossil fuel to renewable energy generation via sustainable biomass. Adams is Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Biomass Group.[10] He is also Vice Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group[11] as Tadcaster in the Selby and Ainsty constituency is a brewing town with Heineken, Molson Coors and Samuel Smith's Old Brewery. Adams was criticised for voting in favour of the withdrawal of the spare room subsidy on housing benefit for rooms with unoccupied bedrooms despite having the largest accommodation expenses claim in Parliament - £25,306[12] - this could pay the "Bedroom Tax" for up to 30 families in his constituency for a whole year.[13] Adams accommodation allowance is based on having four children and since his election, his average accommodation costs have been £21,739.24 per year against a maximum annual allowance of £27,875.00. These costs compare favourably with the previous Labour MP for Selby, John Grogan who claimed an average of £24,100 per year for accommodation in his last two years in Parliament. Despite a rise in housing costs since 2010 Adams expense claims have been an average of 39% lower than his Labour predecessor who was forced to regularly defend his use of public money whilst an MP. Some of the criticisms Grogan had to defend were his cleaning bills, claiming for language lessons for Mongolian interns [14] Grogan's first class travel costs which were higher than most Scottish MP's were also criticised.[15]

In 2015, Adams voted against plain cigarette packaging in the Tobacco Products Regulation motion. He had previously accepted £1,188 in hospitality from Japan Tobacco International during the 2012 Chelsea Flower Show.[16]

Adams was re-elected as Member of Parliament for Selby and Ainsty at the 2015 general election with 27,725 votes, a majority of 13,557 votes and 52.5% of the total votes cast.

Non-political career[edit]

Unlike many MP's, Nigel Adams has had a successful private sector career in business before entering politics. He is currently a Director and Shareholder of 3 Wakefield based telecommunications businesses. Adams' holds 3 appointments at 3 active companies, has resigned from 2 companies and held 4 appointments at 2 dissolved companies. Adams' began his first appointment at the age of 28. He was the founding managing director of Advanced Digital Telecom Ltd, 1993–1999. He was appointed director of JWE Telecom plc for a year in 1999. His longest current appointment spans 8 years and 3 months at ALLIED NETWORK SERVICES (LEEDS) LIMITED. The combined cash at bank value for all businesses where Nigel holds a current appointment equals £437,379, with a combined total current assets value of £1,028,655 and total current liabilities of £881,690.

Personal life[edit]

A keen sportsman, he played competitive cricket in the York Senior League and is a former member of the Yorkshire Cricket Club's members committee. Adams is currently Secretary of the Lords and Commons Cricket Club and whilst captaining the side against MCC in June 2013 at Lord's Cricket Ground he scored his career best innings of 125 not out.[17]

He is a patron of the Selby Hands of Hope charity[18] and is active on the Yorkshire committee of the Lord's Taverners. He has served as a governor at two of his former schools, Camblesforth Primary school[19] (2002–04) and Selby High School (2007–11).

Adams is married to Claire (nee Robson) who works part time as his office manager. [20]


  1. ^ "Nigel Adams MP". BBC News. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "Election 2010: Selby and Ainsty". BBC News. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "Who's Who". Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "Nigel Adams MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  5. ^ UK Parliament Biographies
  6. ^ "The Number 10 Policy Board – names in full". Conservative Home. 
  7. ^ "Guarantee of free coal to 1,500 former miners". Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  8. ^ "Coal concession for ex-miners to be reinstated". York Press. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  9. ^ "Selby lobbying to be part of the Tour of Yorkshire". York Press. 
  10. ^ "Comment: There's right and wrong ways to develop the UK's biomass". Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  11. ^ "House of Commons – Register Of All-Party Groups as at 18 August 2014: Beer". Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  12. ^ Monroe, Jack (21 November 2013). "Shameless MPs who voted to keep the bedroom tax claimed £3.2million for their own 'spare bedrooms'". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 17 March 2015. 
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  16. ^ BMJ 2015; 350:h2509
  17. ^ "Lords & Commons CC v MCC at Lords Cricket Ground, 16 June". Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  18. ^ "Home - Selby Hands of Hope". Selby Hands of Hope. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  19. ^ "About Us – Camblesforth Community Primary School". Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  20. ^ Michael Wilkinson, Christopher Hope, (29 June 2015). "One in five MPs employs a family member: the full list revealed". Daily Telegraph. 

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament for Selby and Ainsty