Nicholas Soames was re-elected MP for Mid Sussex in May 2010 with a majority of 7,402.
Nicholas Soames has been a Member of Parliament for 25 years. He has represented Mid Sussex since 1997 and he previously served as MP for Crawley.
His Ministerial career included serving as Parliamentary Secretary and Minister of Food at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food from 1992-1994 and as Minister of State for the Armed Forces from 1994-1997.
Between November 2003 and May 2005 Nicholas served as Shadow Secretary of State for Defence and as a member of the Shadow Cabinet.
After the 2005 General Election Nicholas stood down from the Shadow Cabinet and he now takes a very active role in Opposition on the backbenches. He is a member of the Committee on Standards and Privileges and President of the Conservative Middle East Council.
Nicholas was born in 1948 and was educated at St. Aubyns, Sussex and Eton College. He is the son of The Late Lord Soames and grandson of Sir Winston Churchill. He is married with two sons and a daughter and lives in Sussex.
After leaving school he was commissioned into the 11th Hussars and served in Germany and the United Kingdom. He was subsequently Equerry to HRH The Prince of Wales KG KT GCB.
He then worked as a stockbroker before becoming Personal Assistant to Sir James Goldsmith, where he gained experience both in the manufacturing and service industries in both the USA and Europe.
Nicholas worked on the staff of a United States Senator in Washington D.C for two years and then joined a firm of Lloyds Brokers as a Director.
His hobbies include reading, music, racing and country pursuits.
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Date of Birth
February 12 1948
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