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Sir Nicholas Paul Scott PC JP (5 August 1933 – 6 January 2005), was a British Conservative politician.

Scott was educated at Clapham College and was national chairman of the Young Conservatives in 1963. He served as a councillor on Holborn Borough Council 1956-59 and 1962-65.

Scott contested Islington South West at the 1959 general election and at the 1964 election.

He entered the House of Commons on his third attempt, at the 1966 general election, he was returned as Member of Parliament (MP) for the Paddington South constituency, beating Labour's Conrad Russell. When his seat was abolished in boundary changes for the February 1974 election, he stood in the new Paddington seat, but lost to the outgoing Paddington North MP Arthur Latham.

However, Marcus Worsley, the MP for the safe Conservative seat of Chelsea, decided to retire. Scott was selected as the new Conservative candidate, and at the October 1974 general election, he was returned with over 60% of the vote. He was made a Privy Councillor in 1989. A moderate Conservative, during his time in the House of Commons, he served as minister for social security, disabled people, Northern Ireland and employment. His period as Minister for the Disabled saw him come under attack from many campaigners, including his own daughter, a disability campaigner, after he was revealed to have 'talked-down' crucial legislation. He was succeeded in this post by William Hague.

In 1995 he was involved in a car crash. There were claims that his car hit a Volvo causing a minor pile-up during which Thibault Perreard, a three-year-old Swiss, was trapped in his pushchair.[1]

Scandal ensued when claims emerged that the politician had left passersby to free the toddler while his female companion was said to have declared: "The child's not dead and they're not even English."[2]

Scott remained MP for Chelsea until the seat was abolished at the 1997 general election. He initially secured the nomination for the new Kensington and Chelsea constituency but subsequently was deselected as Conservative candidate after allegations of alcoholism.


  • Times Guide to the House of Commons, Times Newspapers Limited, 1992 edition.
  • Whitaker's Almanack, 2006 edition.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Robert Allan
Member of Parliament for Paddington South
1966Feb 1974
Constituency abolished
Preceded by
Marcus Worsley
Member of Parliament for Chelsea
Oct 19741997
Constituency abolished


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