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Damian Collins

Member of Parliament for Folkestone and Hythe

Tel: 01303 253524 / 4, West Cliff Gardens, Folkestone, Kent. CT20 1SP
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Damian was born in 1974. He was educated at St. Mary's High School, and Belmont Abbey School, Herefordshire. He graduated in Modern History from St Benet's Hall, Oxford in 1996.

He is married to Sarah, and they have a daughter, Claudia, who was born in January 2007, and son Hugo who was born in March 2009.

Damian's business career has been in the advertising and communications industry. He joined the M&C Saatchi advertising agency in London in 1999 where he worked for nearly 10 years. In 2008 he joined Lexington Communications where he is Senior Counsel.

Damian is a keen sports fan, particularly football, cricket and rugby union. He enjoys cooking with seasonal local ingredients and supporting local independent shops and farmers markets. He and Sarah also enjoy walking in the beautiful countryside around their home at Elham in the Elham Valley.

Damian Collins' Experience

Damian was selected as the prospective parliamentary candidate for Folkestone and Hythe in 2006.

Since his selection he has been working to support local people, causes and business.

Damian is Chairman of the Folkestone based 'Step Short' campaign which is working to restore the Road of Remembrance in the town and to create events and information for residents and visitors focused on the role it played during the First World War.

Folkestone was the main port for servicemen to go to and from the trenches and played a major part in the national war effort. 'Step Short' is also working to ensure that this is properly marked in 2014, the centenary year of the outbreak of the war.

Damian is Chairman of 'The Shed' Management committee which is the centre supported by the Folkestone Youth Project in the Harbour. The services for young people at The Shed are run by the Kent Youth Service, and include youth clubs, activities and the skate park.

Damian is also a member of the 'Kent Contemporary Working Group' which is an panel of leading private and public sector individuals supporting Visit Kent's work to attract new visitors and investment into the county.

At the 2005 general election, he was the parliamentary candidate in Northampton North.

Damian was President of the Oxford University Conservative Association in 1995, and after graduating in 1996 joined the Conservative Research Department. In 1998 he moved to the newly created Political Operations department as media officer for the Foreign Affairs, and Agriculture shadow cabinet teams.

Damian has been an active member of the Bow Group, and was the Political Officer in 2003-4. He was also a contributing author for the Bow Group's book, "Conservative Revival" published in 2006.