Rt Hon Nick Herbert
Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Global LGBT Rights and Conservative MP for Arundel and South Downs
Nick Herbert is Conservative MP for Arundel and South Downs. He was first elected in May 2005. In December 2005, David Cameron appointed Nick as the Shadow Minister for Police Reform. In July 2007, he was promoted to the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Secretary of State for Justice. In January 2009, he was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Nick served as Minister of State for Policing and Criminal Justice, working in both the Home Office and Ministry of Justice, from May 2010 until he resigned in September 2012. Prior to his election Nick was the Director of Reform, the independent think tank which he co-founded in 2002. Reform aims to “set out a better way to deliver public services and economic prosperity” and has been described by commentators as “the most important think tank to emerge for a decade”. Before that, from 1998 to 2000, Nick was Chief Executive of Business for Sterling, where he launched the successful ‘no’ campaign against the euro. Nick is passionate about defending rural communities. From 1990 to 1996 he worked for the British Field Sports Society, becoming its Director of Political Affairs. In this role he played a leading role in setting up the Countryside Movement, which became the Countryside Alliance. Since becoming an MP, Nick has worked closely with the international development charity Results on the growing problem of tuberculosis, especially in developing countries. In 2006 he helped to form, and was elected co-chairman of, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Global TB. He returned as co-chairman in 2013. He has also played a leading role in advocating for LGTB rights and making the case for equal marriage, including launching the Freedom to Marry campaign in 2012 ahead of the successful Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013. In June 2015 Nick helped to launch, and became the first chair, of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global LGBT Rights. In 2016 during the EU referendum campaign he chaired, Conservatives IN, the Conservative campaign to support the UK remaining in the EU. Nick went to school at Haileybury, from where he won an Open Exhibition to read Law and Land Economy at Magdalene College, Cambridge. Nick lives in Arundel and London with his partner Jason Eades and in his spare time he enjoys racing and country sports and watching cricket and rugby. He also enjoys going to the theatre, cinema and opera.