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 and democracy
  • FOI/transparency
  • Knowledge management
  • Public appointments
  • UK Statistics Authority
  • CO Parliamentary business
  • CO domestic
  • Fraud Error Debt and Grants, Government comms, Public Bodies Reform

Announcements

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  1. Minister hosts 'Call for Evidence' roundtable to improve accessibility of elections

    • Press release
  2. Voter ID pilot to launch in local elections

    • Press release
  3. Minister for the Constitution announces National Democracy Week 2018

    • Speech
  4. New National Democracy Week to focus on underrepresented groups

    • Press release
  5. Cross government fraud landscape annual report

    • Press release
  6. Minister calls for evidence to improve the accessibility of elections

    • Speech
  7. Domestic Abuse survivors given a voice to vote

    • Press release
  8. Key reforms mean big difference to sight impaired

    • Press release
  9. Minister discusses barriers to voter registration for people with disabilities in Brighton

    • Press release
  10. Intimidation and abuse threaten our democracy: article by Chris Skidmore

    • Speech