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Nick Herbert MP

Incumbent
Assumed office 
19 January 2009
Leader David Cameron
Preceded by Peter Ainsworth

In office
2 July 2007 – 19 January 2009
Leader David Cameron
Preceded by New Office
Succeeded by Dominic Grieve

Member of Parliament
for Arundel and South Downs
Incumbent
Assumed office 
5 May 2005
Preceded by Howard Flight
Majority 11,309 (22.8%)

Born 7 April 1963 (1963-04-07) (age 46)
Cambridge
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Jason Eades
Alma mater Magdalene College, Cambridge
Website www.nickherbert.com

Nicholas Le Quesne "Nick" Herbert (born 7 April 1963) is a British politician and the Conservative Member of Parliament for Arundel and South Downs. He is currently Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

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Background

Herbert was educated at Haileybury and Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he read law and land economy. He was appointed as the director of public affairs at the British Field Sports Society in 1990 and remained in that position for six years. He joined Business for Sterling in 1998 as their chief executive where he helped launch the campaign against the Euro, before becoming a director of the think tank Reform in 2000 until his election to parliament in 2005.

Political career

He unsuccessfully contested the Northumberland seat of Berwick-upon-Tweed at the 1997 general election where he finished in third place some 8,951 votes behind the veteran Liberal Democrat MP Alan Beith. His selection to contest the West Sussex seat of Arundel and South Downs at the 2005 general election did not come about without incident. The sitting Conservative MP, Howard Flight, had been forced to resign as a vice chairman of the party and had the whip removed by Michael Howard in 2005 after he had told a Conservative Way Forward meeting that the Conservatives would have to make more cuts than they were promising.[1] With no whip, he was not considered as an approved candidate and, despite protest and the local association refusing to select a new candidate, he finally resigned just a month before the election.[2] Herbert was selected[3] and elected, holding the seat with a slightly reduced majority of 11,309. He made his maiden speech on 6 June 2005.[4]

On his election, he became the first out gay Conservative MP to be open about his homosexuality at the time he was initially elected (he is not the first out gay Tory MP; that distinction goes to Alan Duncan, who voluntarily came out in 2002[5] and Michael Brown, who was 'outed' in 1994).[6] Herbert lives in Arundel with his partner Jason.

Shadow Cabinet

After his election to Parliament, Herbert joined the Home Affairs Select Committee. After David Cameron became leader of the Conservative Party, Herbert became a Shadow Minister for home affairs on 16 December 2005. This meant he had to leave the Home Affairs Select Committee. In July 2007, he joined the Shadow Cabinet for the new position of Shadow Secretary of State for Justice, shadowing veteran Labour minister Jack Straw.[7] On 19 January 2009 he was made Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Personal life

Herbert joined his long-term boyfriend, Jason Eades, in civil partnership in early January 2009 after a 10 year relationship.

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Offices held

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Howard Flight
Member of Parliament for Arundel and South Downs
2005–present
Incumbent
Political offices
New creation Shadow Secretary of State for Justice
2007–2009
Succeeded by
Dominic Grieve
Preceded by
Peter Ainsworth
Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
January 2009–present
Incumbent

Simple English

Nicholas Le Quesne Herbert (born April 7, 1963) is an English politician and the Member of Parliament for the Arundel and South Downs constituency. He was the current Shadow Justice Secretary, and is currently Minister of State for Police/Justice, with his time split between the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice.[1] He is . He was first elected in the 2005 general election.

He is a member of the Conservative Party.

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