Samuel Phillip Gyimah (pronunciation: //; born 10 August 1976) is a British Conservative Party politician. A Conservative Party A-List candidate, he was elected as the Member of Parliament for East Surrey at the 2010 general election.
In July 2014, after serving as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Prime Minister and a government whip, Gyimah was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Childcare and Education  as well as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State with particular focus upon the constitution. Following the general election in May 2015, Gyimah was reappointed to the education brief.
Gyimah was born in Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire, in Southern England. He was educated at Achimota School in Ghana and later Freman College, a state school in Hertfordshire, followed by Somerville College at the University of Oxford, where he read Politics, Philosophy and Economics, and where he was elected President of the Oxford Union.
Life and career
On graduation, Gyimah joined Goldman Sachs as an investment banker, leaving the company in 2003 to set up his own businesses in the recruitment and internet sectors. In 2005, he was awarded the Real Business/CBI Entrepreneur of the Future award.
In September 2005 Gyimah edited a report by the Bow Group, a Conservative think tank, entitled From the Ashes: the future of the Conservative Party. He was subsequently elected chairman of the Bow Group from 2006 to 2007. Gyimah stood unsuccessfully for election in Kilburn ward in the Camden Council election, 2006.
Following his appointment to the controversial Conservative Party A-List, he was elected as the MP for East Surrey at the 2010 general election, Gyimah made his maiden speech on 29 July 2010. Gyimah has previously been a member of the International Development Select Committee, having stated an interest in harnessing the private sector towards achieving international development goals. Gyimah has also been active in debates on education and employment, as well as a number of local campaigns to protect the greenbelt in Surrey.
In 2011 Gyimah produced a report with think-tank NESTA, "Beyond the Banks", in support of non-bank alternatives for businesses seeking finance. He was the first MP to call for credit easing as a means of accelerating Britain's economic recovery.
Gyimah was appointed as a Government Whip in October 2013, having previously been Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Prime Minister since the 2012 reshuffle.
Gyimah supported the UK Remaining in the European Union in the 2016 EU referendum.
Gyimah has been a volunteer and fundraiser for Crisis, the Down's Syndrome Association and St. Catherine's Hospice in Surrey. He has served as school governor of an inner London school, on the board of a housing association and on the development board of Somerville College. He is a Vice-President of Young Epilepsy (formerly the National Centre for Young People with Epilepsy (NCYPE) in Lingfield. Gyimah is married to Dr Nicky Black, a New Zealander with whom he has one son.
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