The Rt Hon Chris Skidmore MP

Biography

Chris Skidmore was Minister of State jointly at the Department for Education and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy from 10 September 2019 to 13 February 2020.

He was previously Minister of State at the Department of Health and Social Care between 25 July 2019 and 10 September 2019. He was Minister of State jointly at the Department for Education and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy between 5 December 2018 and 25 July 2019. He was Parliamentary Secretary at the Cabinet Office from 17 July 2016 to 8 January 2018.

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’, ‘Death and the Virgin: Elizabeth I, Robert Dudley and the Mysterious Fate of Amy Robsart’ and ‘Bosworth: the Birth of the Tudors’. Recently, Chris published ‘Richard III: Brother, Protector, King’. 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 3 children, Clementine, Henry and Ottilie.

Previous roles in government

  1. Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation
  2. Minister of State (Minister for Health)
  3. Interim Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth
  4. Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation
  5. Parliamentary Secretary (Minister for the Constitution)

Announcements

  1. Simplified processes provide welcome boost for UK researchers
  2. Government backs 3D X-ray technology to capture images of diseased bones in 40 seconds
  3. Universities Minister at Student Accommodation Conference
  4. Levelling up research and innovation right across the United Kingdom
  5. New data to help students see future earnings boost
  6. Science Minister outlines the UK's world-leading role in EdTech
  7. Loan system overhaul to benefit millions of students and graduates
  8. UK Space Agency confirms £7.35 million funding to support small satellite launch from Cornwall
  9. International partnership opportunities for UK research and innovation
  10. Chair appointed to Public Weather Service Customer Group