Nigel Evans

Nigel Evans
Nigel Evans MP
First Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means
Assumed office
8 June 2010
Preceded by Sylvia Heal
Shadow Secretary of State for Wales
In office
11 June 2001 – 20 October 2002
Leader William Hague
Iain Duncan Smith
Preceded by None
Succeeded by Bill Wiggin
Member of Parliament
for Ribble Valley
Assumed office
9 April 1992
Preceded by Michael Carr
Majority 14,769 (28.3%)
Personal details
Born 10 November 1957 (1957-11-10) (age 54)
Swansea, Wales
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Alma mater Swansea University
Religion Christian

Nigel Martin Evans (born 10 November 1957) is a British politician. Since 1992 he has been Conservative Party Member of Parliament for the Ribble Valley constituency. Since 2010 he has been First Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means, a deputy speaker.



Nigel Evans was born on 10 November 1957 in Swansea. He was educated locally at the Dynevor School, and at Swansea University, where he was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in politics in 1979.

He was involved in the management of his family's newsagents and convenience store in Swansea. In 1985 he was elected as a councillor to the West Glamorgan County Council. In 1990 he became the deputy Conservative group leader, before standing down as a councillor in 1991.

He contested Swansea West at the 1987 general election but was defeated by former minister Alan Williams by 7,062 votes. He was selected to contest the Pontypridd by-election, 1989 following the death of Brynmor John. He was defeated by Kim Howells in Pontypridd by 10,794 votes. He fought his third election in one parliament when he was selected to contest the very safe Conservative seat of Ribble Valley in the by-election caused by the resignation of David Waddington to become the Leader of the House of Lords in 1990, but was again defeated at the Ribble Valley by-election on 7 March 1991 when Mike Carr gained the seat for the Liberal Democrats by 4,601 votes.

Nigel Evans regained Ribble Valley from the Liberal Democrats at the 1992 general election defeating Carr by 6,542 votes and has been the MP there since. He made his maiden speech on 20 May 1992.[1] He was appointed as the Parliamentary Private Secretary PPS to the Secretary of State for Employment David Hunt in 1993 and remained Hunt's PPS when he was appointed Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster in 1994. In 1995, Evans became the PPS to Tony Baldry the Minister of State at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in 1995, and in 1996 became the PPS to the new Secretary of State for Wales William Hague.

With the Conservative Party not winning a single seat in Wales at the 1997 general election, Evans was drafted onto the frontbench by John Major as a spokesman on Welsh Affairs. He became a member of the Shadow Cabinet under Iain Duncan Smith as the Shadow Secretary of State for Wales from 2001 to 2003. He had publicly criticised the government for not having a dedicated Secretary of State for Wales in a cabinet post, so when the new Conservative leader Michael Howard decided to take the role outside of the Shadow Cabinet, Evans chose to return to the backbenches.

He became a member of both the Trade and Industry the Welsh Affairs Select Committees in 2003; and in November 2004, he was appointed a Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party, with specific responsibility for overseeing Conservatives Abroad and mobilising the Conservative vote overseas. He returned to the back-benches on the election of David Cameron in 2005 deciding to dedicate more time to his work on the Council of Europe and Western European Union. He has been a member of the Culture Media and Sport Select Committee since the 2005 general election.

On the issue of Climate Change, Evans has expressed his belief in the solar variation theory and the causes of warming on the earth and on other planets being sunspots,[2] and praised the TV documentary The Great Global Warming Swindle as "one of the best and most controversial programmes I've ever seen on television, particularly for those who don't like being spoonfed by Al Gore".[3] He was described by Labour MP Paul Flynn on his controversial blog as "a tabloid newspaper made flesh"[4]

Nigel Evans voted against the introduction of the National Minimum Wage in 1999 by opposing the National Minimum Wage Act of 1998. He voted against every increase in the minimum wage thereafter and in 2009 became one of 11 MPs to back the Employment Opportunities Bill, which aimed to make the minimum wage optional, but was defeated in Parliament. [5]

Evans came off relatively lightly in the expenses scandal, who was ranked as the 570th most expensive MP out of the 646 MPs in the UK Parliament.[6] However, criticism was drawn when it emerged that he was claiming £375 a month on phone bills and had bought four digital cameras in 18 months.[7] Evans later drew criticism by being recorded saying that he struggled to live on his salary of over £64,000 per year, though it can be heard on the recording that he made the comment in jest. [8]

On 8 June 2010 Nigel Evans was elected First Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means and a Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons. This was the first time the three Deputy Speakers had been elected by secret ballot of all MPs. [9]

On 18 December 2010, Nigel Evans revealed to the Daily Mail that he is gay, saying that he is fed up of living his life as a lie.[10]


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Offices held

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Michael Carr
Member of Parliament for Ribble Valley
Preceded by
Sylvia Heal
First Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means

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