Minister of State

The Rt Hon Damian Hinds MP


Damian Hinds was appointed Minister of State at Ministry of Justice on 27 October 2022.

He was previously Minister of State (Minister for Security) between 13 August 2021 to 7 July 2022.

He previously served as Secretary of State for Education from 8 January 2018 to 24 July 2019. He was elected Conservative MP for East Hampshire in May 2010.


Damian attended St Ambrose Grammar School, Altrincham before completing a degree in politics, philosophy and economics.

Political career

Shortly after entering Parliament, Damian was elected to the Education Select Committee and served until October 2012. Previously he chaired the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Social Mobility. He previously served as Assistant Government Whip from July 2014 until March 2015, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury from May 2015 until July 2016 and as Minister of State for the Department of Work and Pensions from July 2016 to January 2018.

Career outside politics

Damian spent 18 years working in the pubs, brewing and hotel industries, in Britain and abroad.

Personal life

Damian and his wife Jacqui have 3 young children.

Minister of State

The minister is responsible for:

Prisons, Parole and Probation

  • Prison operations, policy, reform and industrial relations
  • Probation policy and operations
  • Youth justice
  • Parole
  • Offender health
  • Offender Cohorts
  • Extremism
  • Home Detention Curfew (HDC)
  • Release on Temporary Licence (ROTL) schemes
  • Drugs
  • Electronic monitoring
  • Reducing reoffending
  • Female offenders

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