Nicholas was elected to Parliament in 1983 and has represented Mid Sussex since 1997. He was Minister of State for the Armed Forces from 1994 to 1997.
Nicholas has detailed specialist knowledge in the fields of defence, Europe, international affairs, the Middle East, trade and industry, and the countryside. He is President of the Conservative Middle East Council and Co-Chair of the Cross Party Group on Balanced Migration.
Nicholas has taken a very active role in Parliament and in the constituency to ensure that Mid Sussex’s views are represented locally and nationally. He works closely with the local authority, business community, local health service, education sector and voluntary bodies to preserve and enhance the quality of life in Mid Sussex.
He campaigns vigorously to protect Mid Sussex from over-development and is strongly opposed to a second runway at Gatwick. He has successfully lobbied Ministers to strengthen the Government’s planning reforms to protect Mid Sussex’s open spaces and to secure infrastructure improvements.