Damian was appointed Minister for Immigration in May 2010 and from September 2012 to July 2014 he was Minister of State for Policing, Criminal Justice and Victims.
Damian was born in 1956. He was educated at Reading School and Balliol College, Oxford. He was President of the Oxford Union in 1977. He is married with two daughters.
He is a former financial journalist and worked in the Prime Minister’s Policy Unit from 1992-94. Damian contested Brent East in 1992, then in May 1997 he was elected Member of Parliament for Ashford.
Damian held various shadow roles from 1998 until 2005, including education and transport. In December 2005 he was appointed Shadow Minister for Immigration.
Damian is Chairman of European Mainstream and Vice-President of the Tory Reform Group.