Nigel Adams was elected as the Member of Parliament for Selby and Ainsty in May 2010 with a majority of 12,265 votes. In August 2010, he was appointed as Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to The Leader of the House of Lords and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, The Rt Hon Lord Strathclyde.
A local man born and bred
Nigel believes that 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 from 1978 to 1984.
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 1950s. His late mother worked as a school cleaner and for 20 years as a Home Help for NYCC. His father retired as school caretaker at Read School, Drax in the 1980s.
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 until it was acquired by a PLC in 1999/2000.
He has worked as a volunteer for the Party at elections and in between since 1992. His experience of the "real world" and years as a volunteer helped him when he contested the Labour seat of Rossendale and Darwen in Lancashire at the 2005 General Election, reducing Labour's majority to 3,676 before going on to win the Selby and Ainsty seat with a swing of 9.7% from Labour.
Since being selected as the Conservative candidate for the new Selby and Ainsty seat in 2006 and latterly as the MP, Nigel has campaigned vigorously on several issues affecting the area including organising a campaign and a Downing Street petition against Labour's Post Office closures, highlighted concerns over cuts to local NHS services including an ongoing campaign against York & North Yorkshire's PCT's decision to stop offering pain killing injections to chronic back pain sufferers.
He has also helped spearhead the campaign against the threat of Labour's Eco Towns. He has consistently championed local businesses and he devised the recently launched Selby Means Business cheque book in conjuction with the Chamber of Trade and Selby Times which enables local residents get access to fantastic offers from local shops and businesses. He is challenging North Yorkshire County Council to relax their unfair A-Board ban on traders. Nigel has also organised local economy summits attended by local businesses affected by the recession. Nigel has also organised and chaired several public debates into windfarms. He has also campaigned with Tockwith residents in their victory opposing a toxic waste incinerator. He also campaigned hard to prevent the closure of Selby Magistrates Court.
Nigel is married to Claire and they have four children between the ages of 8 and 16. Nigel is a keen sportsman and still plays cricket locally in the York Senior League. He is a charity fundraiser and is actively involved on the Yorkshire committee of The Lord's Taverners. He is also a former member of Yorkshire County Cricket Club's members committee. Nigel is a Patron of the recently launched Selby Hands of Hope charity.