Parliamentary Secretary (Minister for the Constitution)

Chris Skidmore MP

Biography

Chris Skidmore was appointed Parliamentary Secretary at the Cabinet Office on 17 July 2016. He was elected Conservative MP for Kingswood in May 2010.

Education

Chris was educated at Bristol Grammar School before studying history at Oxford, where he continued with postgraduate research.

Political career

Chris was elected as the Conservative MP for Kingswood in 2010. He sat on the Health Select Committee from 2010 to 2013, and the Education Select Committee from 2012 to 2014. In 2013, he was appointed to the Number 10 Policy Board, and in September 2014 he was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Number 10 Policy Board. In May 2015, he was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Career outside politics

Chris has written several history books including ‘Edward VI: The Lost King of England’ and ‘Death and the Virgin: Elizabeth I, Robert Dudley and the Mysterious Fate of Amy Robsart’. Recently, Chris published ‘Bosworth: the Birth of the Tudors’. Chris is also a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.

Personal life

Chris is married to Lydia and has 2 children, Clementine and Henry.

Parliamentary Secretary (Minister for the Constitution)

The Minister for the Constitution supports the Minister for Cabinet Office in delivering Cabinet Office policy.

Responsibilities include:

  • constitution policy
  • democracy
  • public appointments
  • FOI
  • records and knowledge management
  • UK Statistics Authority
  • Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman
  • fraud, error, debt and grants
  • cross government communications (Government Communications Service)
  • public bodies reform
  • shared services
  • commercial models

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  1. Strengthening our democracy: Annual Elections Conference keynote speech

    • Speech
  2. Sir Eric Pickles publishes report into tackling electoral fraud

    • Press release
  3. Eliminating electoral fraud in polling stations

    • Press release
  4. Draft Public Service Ombudsman Bill laid in Parliament

    • Press release
  5. New standards announced for government grants

    • Press release
  6. How the University of Sheffield is getting more students to register to vote

    • News story
  7. Great Debate Tour: Chris Skidmore speech

    • Speech
  8. Building a digital democracy and putting citizens needs first

    • Speech
  9. Transforming the Digital Marketplace: Chris Skidmore speech

    • Speech
  10. Digital Economy Bill: Codes of Practice

    • News story