Damian Hinds

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The Right Honourable
Damian Hinds
Official portrait of Damian Hinds crop 2.jpg
Secretary of State for Education
Assumed office
8 January 2018
Prime Minister Theresa May
Preceded by Justine Greening
Minister of State for Employment
In office
17 July 2016 – 8 January 2018
Prime Minister Theresa May
Sec. of State Damian Green
David Gauke
Preceded by Priti Patel
Succeeded by Alok Sharma
Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury
In office
12 May 2015 – 13 July 2016
Prime Minister David Cameron
Chancellor George Osborne
Preceded by Priti Patel
Succeeded by Andrew Jones (2017)
Member of Parliament
for East Hampshire
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Michael Mates
Majority 25,852 (46.6%)
Personal details
Born (1969-11-27) 27 November 1969 (age 48)
Paddington, London, England[1]
Political party Conservative Party (UK)
Alma mater Trinity College, Oxford
Website www.damianhinds.com

Damian Patrick George Hinds[2] MP (born 27 November 1969) is a British Conservative Party politician serving as the Education Secretary and the Member of Parliament (MP) for East Hampshire. He was Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury from May 2015 until he was made Employment Minister at the Department for Work and Pensions by the Prime Minister on 19 July 2016.[3] He was promoted to Secretary of State for Education on 8 January 2018.[4]

Early life and career

Hinds was educated at St. Ambrose College, a Voluntary Aided Roman Catholic Grammar school in Altrincham in Greater Manchester, followed by Trinity College at the University of Oxford, where he read Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) and attained a first class degree. He was President of the Oxford Union Society during his time at Oxford University.

He stood in the Stretford and Urmston constituency during the 2005 general election, coming second to incumbent MP Beverley Hughes, gaining 30.4% of the vote (an increase for the Conservative Party of 3.3%).

Before becoming an MP, Hinds spent 18 years working in the pubs/brewing and hotel industries, in Britain and abroad.[5]

Hinds was Chairman of the Bow Group in 2001–2.

Parliamentary career

In the 2010 General Election, Hinds was elected Member of Parliament for East Hampshire, getting 56.8% of the vote (an increase of 9.7%) and achieving a swing from the Liberal Democrats to the Conservative Party of 6.6%. The previous Conservative MP, Michael Mates, stepped down at the 2010 General Election.

Hinds sat on the Education Select Committee between 2010 and 2012.[6] He was also a member of the Public Bill Committee for the Defence Reform Act 2014[7]

In January 2018, he was appointed Education Secretary, following Justine Greening, who resigned, rather than changing position.[4]

Parliament lists Hinds' political interests as education, welfare, affordable credit, and social mobility.[6] He has demonstrated a particular interest in the Catholic education sector and the admissions rules that apply to faith free schools.[8]


  1. ^ "Interview with Damian Hinds MP". This Is Alton. Retrieved 9 March 2013.
  2. ^ "No. 59418". The London Gazette. 13 May 2010. p. 8742.
  3. ^ "Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury – GOV.UK". UK Government website. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  4. ^ a b Coughlan, Sean (8 January 2018). "Damian Hinds new education secretary, replacing Justine Greening". BBC News. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  5. ^ https://www.damianhinds.com/about-damian
  6. ^ a b "Damian Hinds MP". Parliament.uk. Retrieved 9 March 2013.
  7. ^ "House of Commons Public Bill Committee on the Defence Reform Bill 2013–14". Parliament.uk. Retrieved 17 September 2013.
  8. ^ "Catholic Schools (Admissions) Debate 30 April 201" (PDF). Catholic Union. Hansard. Retrieved 8 January 2018.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Michael Mates
Member of Parliament
for East Hampshire

Political offices
Preceded by
Justine Greening
Secretary of State for Education
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