Will Quince

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Will Quince
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Parliamentary Private Secretary to Secretary of State for Defence
Assumed office
9 January 2018
Preceded by Oliver Dowden CBE
Member of Parliament
for Colchester
Assumed office
8 May 2015
Preceded by Sir Bob Russell
Majority 5,677 (10.6%)
Home Affairs Select Committee Member
In office
12 September 2017 – 20 February 2018
Succeeded by Kirstene Hair
Personal details
Born (1982-12-27) 27 December 1982 (age 35)
Buckinghamshire, England
Political party Conservative
Education The Windsor Boys' School, Berkshire
Alma mater Aberystwyth University

William James Quince[1] (born 27 December 1982) is a British Conservative Party politician. He was elected at the 2015 general election as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Colchester, replacing the incumbent Liberal Democrat MP Sir Bob Russell.[2]

Between 2015–2016, Quince held a dual mandate as member of parliament for Colchester and Borough Councillor for Prettygate ward. He stood down as councillor at the subsequent Borough Council election.


Quince was educated at The Windsor Boys' School,[3] a state comprehensive school in the town of Windsor in Berkshire, followed by Aberystwyth University.

Life and career[edit]

Quince has been one of the representatives for Prettygate ward on Colchester Borough Council since the 2011 local election, and served as leader of the Conservative group on the council from 2011 to 2014, when he stepped down to focus on the then forthcoming general election.[4]

In 2018 he was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Secretary of State for Defence Gavin Williamson.[5]

Quince also stood for Colchester at the 2010 general election, coming second behind Russell.

Quince has stated that his computer is routinely left unlocked to enable staff to use it if they want to.[6]


Quince's background is in law and customer development. Prior to taking his position as an MP he held positions at Concur Technologies, Britvic Soft Drinks and several law firms.[7]

On 6 September 2016, Quince auditioned for the popular TV show Britain's Got Talent after a bet by a local constituent Scott Everest on Twitter, in order to raise money for charity. £1000 was raised for local charities.[8][9]


  1. ^ "No. 61230". The London Gazette. 18 May 2015. p. 9122. 
  2. ^ "Colchester parliamentary constituency". BBC. 8 May 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2015. 
  3. ^ Francis Batt (23 June 2016). "The Windsor Boys' School students join Windsor Lions to set up new Leo club". Windsor Observer. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  4. ^ "Will Quince stands down as leader of the Conservative group on Colchester Council". Colchester & Clacton Gazette. Retrieved 19 January 2016. 
  5. ^ https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/675340/PPS_List_January_2018.pdf
  6. ^ MP, Will Quince (3 December 2017). "Less login sharing and more that I leave my machine unlocked so they can use it if needs be. My office manager does know my login though. Ultimately I trust my team". @willquince. Retrieved 4 December 2017. 
  7. ^ "Will Quince | LinkedIn". Linkdin. Retrieved 19 January 2016. 
  8. ^ "MP Quince looks set to fulfill his BGT Twitter bet". Gazette. Retrieved 6 September 2016. 
  9. ^ "Will Quince – Timeline | Facebook". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 6 September 2016. 

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Bob Russell
Member of Parliament
for Colchester