Nigel Beard

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Nigel Beard
Member of Parliament
for Bexleyheath and Crayford
In office
1 May 1997 – 5 May 2005
Preceded by Constituency established
Succeeded by David Evennett
Personal details
Born 10 October 1936
Died 31 July 2017 (aged 80)
Nationality British
Political party Labour

Christopher Nigel Beard, known as Nigel Beard, (10 October 1936 – 31 July 2017) was a British politician. He was the Labour Party Member of Parliament (MP) for Bexleyheath and Crayford in London from 1997 to 2005.

He previously contested several parliamentary constituencies: Woking at the 1979 general election, Portsmouth North at the 1983 general election and Erith and Crayford at the 1992 general election. At the 1997 general election he was returned as member for Bexleyheath and Crayford. Before this he had been senior research manager for ICI and Zeneca. He retained the seat at the 2001 election, but lost it in the 2005 election to David Evennett of the Conservative Party.

Beard was a loyal follower of the Labour whip, voting for the Iraq War and other government policies.[1] He also introduced a Private Member's Bill to fix British Summer Time as standard time all year round. He died at the age of 80 in July 2017, after a long illness.[2]


Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament for Bexleyheath and Crayford
Succeeded by
David Evennett