Born in Woolwich in 1958 John Hayes was educated at Colfe’s Grammar School and Nottingham University, and joined the Conservative Party aged 14. Whilst a director of a local computer company, John served on Nottinghamshire County Council from 1985 to 1999. First elected as the MP for South Holland and The Deepings in 1997, he has been re-elected at the four subsequent general elections.
John held a variety of frontbench roles in opposition, prior to being appointed Minister of State for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning in May 2010, with responsibility for apprenticeships, careers guidance and vocational education. In September 2012 John was appointed Minister of State for Energy, and in March 2013 he was appointed Minister without Portfolio at the Cabinet Office and Senior Parliamentary Adviser to the Prime Minister. He was appointed to the Privy Council in April 2013 and became Minister of State for Transport in July 2014.
John and his wife Susan live in his Lincolnshire constituency and have two young sons.
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