Nigel Mills

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Nigel Mills
Official portrait of Nigel Mills crop 3.jpg
Member of Parliament
for Amber Valley
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Judy Mallaber
Majority 8,300 (18.1%)
Personal details
Born 1974 (age 43–44)[1]
Jacksdale, Nottinghamshire, England
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Alma mater University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Nigel John Mills[2] (born 1974)[1] is a Conservative Party politician in England. He has been Member of Parliament (MP) for Amber Valley since the 2010 general election, when he won the seat with a majority of 536.[3] He has campaigned for Leave Means Leave, a Eurosceptic group.[4]

Early life[edit]

Mills was born in Jacksdale on the Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire border, and was educated at a Loughborough Grammar School and went on to study Classics at Newcastle University.[5]

Professional career[edit]

Mills qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1999, working for PricewaterhouseCoopers until early 2010, moving on to Deloitte working as a Tax Adviser to businesses.[5]

Political career[edit]

Mills was a borough councillor for the ward of Horsley, Horsley Woodhouse and Shipley, sitting on the Amber Valley borough council.[5] He was also a Heanor and Loscoe Town Councillor.

Parliamentary career[edit]

During Parliamentary recess in 2011, Mills volunteered with Voluntary Service Overseas in Tajikistan in a placement designed to improve the business environment and therefore stimulate the creation of jobs for more economically and socially vulnerable groups in the country. In 2012 Mills volunteered again in Tajikistan with VSO, advising the government on how to improve the business environment to attract investment and create jobs.

In October 2011, Mills voted for a referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union.[6] In August 2013, he voted against the Government's motion calling for support of possible British intervention in Syria.[7]

In November 2013, Mills launched an online petition calling for the Personal allowance in Income Tax to match and track an average working week on the National Minimum Wage, which would increase the Personal allowance to at least £12,304, cutting the tax by £460 for basic rate taxpayers.

Mills is a member of the Work and Pensions Select Committee,[8] Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee,[9] and the Immigration Bill Committee.[10]

Mills attracted media attention in December 2014 after being caught playing Candy Crush on his iPad during a Work and Pensions Committee meeting, reportedly over a two and a half hour period.[11] Mills admitted "There was a bit of the meeting that I wasn't focusing on and I probably had a game or two.".[12] He initially admitted to The Sun that he had been playing and told the newspaper that he would "try not do it again". He later apologised "unreservedly" for his behaviour.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Mills was the partner of Gillian Shaw, the Conservative candidate for Amber Valley in the general elections of 2001 and 2005; she died of cancer in 2006.[13] He became engaged to Alice Elizabeth Ward in January 2013;[14] they married in September 2013.[15]

He lives in Langley Mill. He is keen on sport, he is a season ticket holder at Notts County F.C. and is a member of Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club.


In late 2013, Mills was shared the award The Spectator's Parliamentarian of the Year Award with 14 other MPs.[16]


  1. ^ a b Kennett, Timothy (9 December 2014). "If you're unsure if it's acceptable for an MP to play Candy Crush during an important meeting, then let me tell you: it's not". The Independent. Retrieved 2 June 2018. 
  2. ^ "Nigel John Mills MP Alice Elizabeth : Wedding". 
  3. ^ "Recount gives Tories Amber Valley". BBC News. Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "Co-Chairmen - Political Advisory Board - Supporters". Leave Means Leave. 
  5. ^ a b c "Ambervalley Conservatives". Archived from the original on 7 July 2011. Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  6. ^ "National Referendum on the United Kingdom's Membership of the European Union – 24 Oct 2011 at 21:55". Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "Syria and the Use of Chemical Weapons – 29 Aug 2013 at 21:41". Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  8. ^ "Work and Pensions Committee – membership". UK Parliament. Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  9. ^ "Northern Ireland Affairs Committee – membership". UK Parliament. Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  10. ^ "House of Commons Public Bill Committee on the Immigration Bill 2013–14". Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  11. ^ a b "Tory MP apologises for playing Candy Crush during committee". BBC News. Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  12. ^ "MP played Candy Crush in parliamentary committee meeting". the Guardian. Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  13. ^ "Nigel reflects on Commons life". 
  14. ^ "WARD MILLS Alice and Nigel Engagement Mary and John Ward – Wedding Notices – Central Independent Newspapers Announcements". Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  15. ^ "Wedding". Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  16. ^ "Parliamentarian of Year awards 2013: the winners (with audio)". Spectator Blogs. Retrieved 9 December 2014. 

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Judy Mallaber
Member of Parliament for Amber Valley