About Nigel Adams

Nigel Adams was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Selby and Ainsty in May 2010. He then proceeded to win in 2015 and 2017. It is up to you to see that he is re-elected in 2019. 

A local man born and bred

Being from a community and having knowledge of local issues and problems affecting residents is a big advantage for any Member of Parliament. Nigel was raised in the constituency and attended Camblesforth Primary followed by Selby High School.

Nigel’s upbringing cannot be described as that of a “typical old school Tory”. His parents moved from South Yorkshire mining villages to the Selby area in the late 1950’s. His late mother worked as a school cleaner and for 20 years as a Home Help in the Selby area. His father was a school caretaker.

Nigel's experience

Nigel left school aged 17 and early in his work career, was made redundant. Because of this, he was inspired to set up his first business aged 26. He started his telecommunications company from scratch with a £20 a week Enterprise Allowance Scheme Government grant and the company grew successfully year on year and was acquired by a PLC in 1999.

Nigel has held many positions during his time in Government. Most recently, he has been the Minister for Digital, Media, Culture & Sport. Following the 2017 election, he was appointed into the Government Whips Office with responsibility for the Department for Food and Rural Affairs and the Northern Ireland Office. Previously, Nigel served as Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to two Leaders of the House of Lords and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, The Rt Hon Lord Strathclyde and subsequently his successor, The Lord Hill of Oareford, from August 2010 to July 2014.

Outside of Westminster

He has consistently championed local businesses and actively promotes his constituency to potential investors looking to locate their businesses in Yorkshire. Nigel conceived the idea for and has organised the Selby District Jobs Fair for the last 3 years. Over 50 companies and 1000 residents attend the event matching prospective employers with employees. Since the last election, unemployment in Nigel's constituency has fallen by over 45%.

Nigel opposes large scale onshore windfarms that he believes are ineffective and threaten the North Yorkshire countryside. He has also campaigned with Tockwith residents in their victory opposing a toxic waste incinerator and opposes North Yorkshire County Council’s decision to use public money to build a waste to energy plant. He is an enthusiastic advocate for renewable energy via Biomass generation as both Drax and Eggborough power stations aim to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels and as such, he is Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Biomass Group.

In Autumn 2013, Nigel gained praise from the Chancellor for successfully leading the campaign to restore the concessionary coal allowance to retired coal miners, who had their allowance stopped following the collapse of UK Coal.

Nigel has a keen interest in Yorkshire Tourism and UK Music and it’s effect on the UK economy and has led two parliamentary debates on these issues.

Outside Politics 

Nigel lives near York with his wife, Claire, his four children and their two dogs. 

Nigel is a keen sportsman and still plays cricket locally in the York Senior League. He is also a former member of Yorkshire County Cricket Club's members committee and is Secretary of the Lords and Commons Cricket Club. His greatest achievement in the role was captaining the Lords and Commons Cricket team against MCC at Lord's last summer where he managed to score 125 not out at the home of cricket!