Nigel Huddleston

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Nigel Huddleston

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Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Sport, Tourism and Heritage
Assumed office
13 February 2020
Prime MinisterBoris Johnson
Preceded byNigel Adams (Sport)
Helen Whately (Arts, Heritage and Tourism)
Member of Parliament
for Mid Worcestershire
Assumed office
8 May 2015
Preceded byPeter Luff
Majority28,018 (49.9%)
Personal details
Born (1970-10-13) 13 October 1970 (age 49)[1]
Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England
Political partyConservative
Alma materChrist Church, Oxford
University of California, Los
WebsiteOfficial website

Nigel Paul Huddleston (born 13 October 1970) is a British businessman and politician serving as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Sport, Heritage and Tourism at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. A member of the Conservative Party, he has been Member of Parliament (MP) for Mid Worcestershire since 2015.

Early life and education[edit]

Nigel Paul Huddleston was born in Lincoln, England.[2][3] He was educated at the Robert Pattinson Comprehensive School, a state secondary school in North Hykeham in Lincolnshire,[4] followed by Christ Church, Oxford, from which he graduated in 1992.[3] He received an M.B.A. from the UCLA Anderson School of Management in Los Angeles, California.[3]


Huddleston started his career as a consultant for Arthur Andersen, which collapsed in 2002 after the American side of the business was found guilty of criminal charges related to the firms auditing of Enron. He continued his career at Deloitte, and later worked as the Industry Head of Travel for Google.[3]

In 2010, Huddleston was the Conservative candidate for Luton South, and lost by 2,329 votes to Labour's Gavin Shuker. In 2015, he was selected as a parliamentary candidate in a primary election in which anyone on the constituency's electoral register was eligible to vote. The constituency association did not publish the votes that each candidate received.[5] Since May 2015, he has been the Conservative Party Member of Parliament (MP) for the Mid Worcestershire constituency.

Huddleston is a board member of the Tory Reform Group.[1] In Parliament, he sat on the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee.[6]

Huddleston was opposed to Brexit prior to the 2016 referendum.[7]

In February 2019, Huddleston was appointed as the Conservatives' new vice chairman for youth. He was responsible for attracting young people to the party's ranks.[8] After Boris Johnson became Prime Minister in July 2019, Huddleston was appointed as an Assistant Whip, leaving his role as vice chairman.

In the 2020 cabinet reshuffle, Huddleston was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Sport, Heritage and Tourism, replacing Nigel Adams and Helen Whately.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Huddleston lives in Badsey, Worcestershire, with his American wife Melissa and their two children.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Your representatives | Nigel Huddleston". BBC Democracy Live. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  2. ^ "No. 61230". The London Gazette. 18 May 2015. p. 9126.
  3. ^ a b c d e "About Me". Nigel Huddleston.
  4. ^ "Nigel Huddleston, MP for Mid Worcestershire". Mid-Worcestershire Conservative Association. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Mid-Worcestershire public pick Nigel as Tory candidate in 2015 after 'primary' selection". Mid Worcestershire Conservative Association. 23 November 2013. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
  6. ^ "Membership - Culture, Media and Sport Committee". Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  7. ^ Goodenough, Tom (16 February 2016). "Which Tory MPs back Brexit, who doesn't and who is still on the fence?". The Spectator. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  8. ^ Cowburn, Ashley (12 February 2019). "Conservatives appoint 48-year-old MP as youth spokesman". The Independent. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  9. ^ "Tourism Minister's speech at the Extraordinary G20 Tourism Ministers' Meeting on Covid-19". 24 April 2020. Retrieved 26 April 2020.

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Peter Luff
Member of Parliament
for Mid Worcestershire

Political offices
Preceded by
Nigel Adams
Helen Whately
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Sport, Tourism and Heritage