Ed Vaizey spent part of his childhood growing up in Berkshire and spent three years living in Oxford, attending Merton College, Oxford University. After leaving Oxford, he worked for Ken Clarke and Michael Howard advising on employment and education issues. He trained and practised as a barrister for several years, specialising in family law and child care cases, before becoming the part-owner and manager of a successful PR consultancy.
Ed is the editor of the highly successful Blue Books, published by Politico’s, which concentrate on new approaches to Conservative policy in areas such as health and transport. In addition, he writes and broadcasts regularly on Conservative issues in The Guardian and on the BBC’s Despatch Box.
Ed was a school governor at his old state primary school and is now a trustee of the Trident Trust, the largest work experience charity in the UK for children aged 14-16.
Ed Vaizey's Experience
Ed has stood for Parliament once before, when he was the candidate for Bristol East in the 1997 general election. In the 2001 general election, he served as an election aide to Iain Duncan Smith and visited over 40 constituencies with him.
He was elected as Member of Parliament in May 2005. In November 2006, Ed was appointed Shadow Arts Minister in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport team.
In May 2010, Ed was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport.