Sam Gyimah

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Sam Gyimah
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Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Prisons, Probation, Rehabilitation and Sentencing
Assumed office
17 July 2016
Prime Minister Theresa May
Lord Chancellor David Lidington
Preceded by Andrew Selous
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State
for Childcare and Education
In office
12 May 2015 – 17 July 2016
Prime Minister David Cameron
Sec. of State Nicky Morgan
Preceded by Edward Timpson
Succeeded by Position abolished
Minister for the Constitution
In office
14 July 2014 – 12 May 2015
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Chloe Smith
Succeeded by John Penrose
Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
In office
7 October 2013 – 14 July 2014
Prime Minister David Cameron
Chancellor George Osborne
Preceded by Desmond Swayne
Succeeded by Harriett Baldwin
Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Prime Minister
In office
4 September 2012 – 7 October 2013
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Desmond Swayne
Succeeded by Gavin Williamson
Member of Parliament
for East Surrey
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Peter Ainsworth
Majority 23,914 (40.4%)
Personal details
Born (1976-08-10) 10 August 1976 (age 41)
Beaconsfield, England
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Dr Nicky Black
Children One son, one daughter
Alma mater Somerville College, Oxford
Website Official website

Samuel Phillip Gyimah ( /ˈmɑː/; born 10 August 1976)[1] is a Conservative Party politician who has served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for East Surrey since the 2010 general election.[2]

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 [3] as well as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State with particular focus upon the constitution.[4] Following the general election in May 2015, Gyimah was reappointed to the education brief.[5]

Early life[edit]

Gyimah was born in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire. When he was six years old, his parents split up and his mother returned to her native Ghana with Gyimah and his younger brother and sister while his father remained in the UK. For the next ten years, Gyimah attended Achimota School, a state school in Ghana, before returning to the UK to sit GCSEs and A-levels at Freman College,[1] a state school in Buntingford, Hertfordshire.[6] He then went on to Somerville College at the University of Oxford, where he read Politics, Philosophy and Economics, and where he was elected President of the Oxford Union.[1]

Life and career[edit]

On graduation, Gyimah joined Goldman Sachs as an investment banker, leaving the company in 2003 to set up Clearstone Training and Recruitment Limited with fellow Conservative MP Chris Philp. Clearstone and its subsidiaries went into liquidation in 2007 owing over 4 million. [7] 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.[8] He was subsequently elected chairman of the Bow Group from 2006 to 2007.[1][9] Gyimah stood unsuccessfully for election in Kilburn ward in the Camden Council election, 2006.[10] In December 2009, Gyimah placed third in the Gosport primary election to succeed Peter Viggers, losing to Caroline Dinenage.[11]

Parliamentary career[edit]

Following his appointment to the Conservative Party A-List, he was elected as the MP for East Surrey at the 2010 general election,[2] Gyimah made his maiden speech on 29 July 2010.[12] 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.[13] 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.[13]

In 2011, Gyimah produced a report with think-tank NESTA, "Beyond the Banks",[14] 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.[15]

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.[2]

Gyimah supported the UK remaining in the European Union in the 2016 EU referendum.[16]

On 20 November 2015, Gyimah contributed to the filibustering of the opposition-proposed Compulsory Emergency First Aid Education (State-Funded Secondary Schools) Bill to make the teaching of first aid in primary schools compulsory. He spoke until the end of the debate, despite requests from the deputy speaker.[17]

On 21 October 2016, Gyimah filibustered the Sexual Offences (Pardons) bill (nicknamed the "Turing Bill" after Alan Turing), a private member's bill presented by Scottish National Party MP John Nicolson that would pardon all men convicted of abolished offences related to having same-sex relationships; subsequently, he was accused of "reinforc[ing] the age-old homophobic stereotypes of gay men as predatory and/or pedophiles" by having stated that the bill did not give enough safeguards to prevent men being accidentally pardoned for sex with a minor or non-consensual sex.[18] Supporters of the bill disputed this as conditions for a pardon included the act being consensual and that it would not break modern British law. He was met with calls of "shame" toward the end of his speech.[19][20][21] He instead supported an amendment proposed by the government to existing legislation, in which only dead men convicted of such offences were automatically pardoned while those who were living would have to apply through the Home Office through a "disregard" process.[21][22]

Personal life[edit]

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 the Young Epilepsy charity (formerly the National Centre for Young People with Epilepsy (NCYPE) in Lingfield.[1] Gyimah is married to Dr Nicky Black, a New Zealander with whom he has a son and a daughter.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Sam's Background". Sam Gyimah. Archived from the original on 11 January 2014. Retrieved 20 July 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "Sam in Parliament". Sam Gyimah. Archived from the original on 12 June 2014. Retrieved 20 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Childcare and Education". Retrieved 20 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "Parliamentary Secretary (Minister for the Constitution)". Retrieved 20 July 2016. 
  5. ^ "Her Majesty's Government: December 2015". Prime Minister's Office. 12 May 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2016. 
  6. ^ Cassidy, Sarah. "Sam Gyimah interview: Life-changing events often occur in early days of learning". The Independent. Retrieved 23 October 2016. 
  7. ^ "Samuel Phillip GYIMAH - Personal Appointments (free information from Companies House)". 
  8. ^ "Bow Group Annual Report and Accounts, 2005-06". Bow Group. 2006. Archived from the original on 5 October 2006. Retrieved 20 July 2016. 
  9. ^ "X Bow Spring Singles" (PDF). Bow Group. 2010. [dead link]
  10. ^ "Election 2006: Camden council". BBC News. London: BBC. 5 May 2006. Retrieved 20 July 2016. 
  11. ^ "BBC News - Dinenage to succeed duck house MP as Tory candidate". Retrieved 1 August 2017. 
  12. ^ "House of Commons Hansard; Col 628". Hansard. London: UK Parliament. 28 June 2010. Retrieved 7 July 2010. 
  13. ^ a b "Sam Gyimah". Retrieved 20 July 2016. 
  14. ^ Westlake, Stian; Gyimah, Sam; Zappalorto, Marco (24 November 2011). "Beyond the Banks: The case for a British Industry and Enterprise Bond". Nesta. Retrieved 20 July 2016. 
  15. ^ Gyimah, Sam (4 October 2011). "Why Osborne is right". The Spectator. Archived from the original on 6 January 2012. Retrieved 20 July 2016. 
  16. ^ "EU vote: Where the cabinet and other MPs stand". 22 June 2016. Retrieved 21 October 2016. 
  17. ^ Stone, Jon (20 November 2015). "Tory MPs block bill to give first aid training to children by talking non-stop until debate ends". The Independent. 
  18. ^ Pike, Steph (24 October 2016). "Blue with a hint of pink: the Tories and the Turing Bill". Counterfire. Retrieved 23 November 2016. 
  19. ^ "'Turing Bill' fails to progress in Parliament". 21 October 2016. Retrieved 21 October 2016. 
  20. ^ Mason, Rowena (21 October 2016). "Conservative minister obstructs progression of gay pardon law". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 October 2016. 
  21. ^ a b Worley, Will (21 October 2016). "Turing Bill filibustered by Tory minister amid row over how to pardon people convicted under scrapped anti-gay laws". The Independent. 
  22. ^ Cowburn, Ashley (19 October 2016). "'Alan Turing law' unveiled by government will posthumously pardon thousands of gay men convicted of historic offences". The Independent. 

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