Nigel was first elected as Member of Parliament for the Ribble Valley in 1992.
The Ribble Valley is home to the highly skilled workforce of BAE Systems at Samlesbury, the entrepreneurs and local businesses of Clitheroe, Longridge and Whalley and a large farming community whose produce can be found throughout the constituency. As a former owner of a convenience store in Swansea, Nigel recognises the importance of all businesses to the local and national economy.
Locally he has campaigned for better access to public transport and the retention of essential rural services such as GP surgeries, schools and post offices. Nigel is the President of the Countryside Guardians and is opposed to the over development of the Ribble Valley and is an active campaigner against wind turbines.
At Westminster he is the President of the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group and supports the brewing and pub industries lobbying for fairer taxation and more flexible business models.
During his career Nigel has served as Shadow Secretary of State for Wales, been a member of a number of Select Committees and from 2010-2013 was the Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons.