Damian was appointed Minister for Immigration in May 2010 and Minister of State for the Home Office & the Ministry of Justice in 2012.
Damian was born in 1956. He was educated at Reading School and Balliol College, Oxford. He was President of the Oxford Union in 1977. He is married with two daughters.
He is a former financial journalist and worked in the Prime Minister's Policy Unit from 1992-94. Damian contested Brent East in the 1992 General Election. In May 1997, he was elected Member of Parliament for Ashford and he was re-elected in 2001, 2005 and 2010.
He was a Conservative Spokesman on Education and Employment from 1998-99, Conservative Environment Spokesman from 1999-2001, Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Skills from 2001-2003, and Shadow Secretary of State for Transport from 2003-2004. From July 2004-2005 he was a member of the Home Affairs Select Committee; from July to December 2005 he was a member of the Treasury Select Committee.
In December 2005, he was appointed Shadow Minister for Immigration.
Damian is Vice-President of the Tory Reform Group and a Vice-Chairman of the John Smith Memorial Trust.