We are excited to announce that we will be joined by Nigel Evans MP on Thursday 4th March. Nigel will be discussing with us his role as one of the Deputy Speakers of the House of Commons, as well as a few interesting stories along the way. This will be followed by a question and answer session.
Tickets for this event are £10 per household or £8 per household for Young Conservatives and can be purchased by clicking 'Buy Now' below. Please send your questions to email@example.com and we will try and get through as many of them as possible during our time with Mr Evans.
We hope that you will be able to join us for what will be an enjoyable and insightful evening.
Here is a little background information on our speaker:
Nigel was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Ribble Valley in 1992 and has served the area ever since. Nigel worked as PPS (Parliamentary Private Secretary) to the Rt Hon David Hunt MP while he was Employment Secretary and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster between 1993-1995. He was then PPS to Tony Baldry MP, the Ministry of State for Agriculture, from 1995-1996 until he became PPS to the Rt Hon William Hague MP, Secretary of State for Wales, in 1997.
In June 1997, after the election and the Conservative leadership contest (in which he supported William Hague) Nigel was appointed front bench spokesman for Welsh Affairs and joined the Constitutional Affairs team. In May 1999, William Hague appointed Nigel Evans as Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party. He also led the Party’s Information Technology for the Future group. In November 2000, Nigel was charged with leading the Conservative Party’s General Election campaign in Wales.
In September 2001 Iain Duncan-Smith appointed Nigel Shadow Secretary of State for Wales, and in October 2003, Nigel was appointed to the Welsh Affairs Select Committee. In November 2004, he was appointed Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party, with specific responsibility for overseeing Conservatives Abroad and mobilising the Conservative vote overseas.
In December 2005, Nigel returned to the backbenches to concentrate on his work in Parliament. He joined the Council of Europe and the Western European Union as an appointee of the Prime Minister. Nigel served for three years on the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee until July 2009 and then on the International Development Select Committee until June 2010.
Nigel is a former Chairman of the sub committee on agriculture of the Council of Europe and former Vice Chairman of the Technology and Aerospace Committee of the Western European Union. He is a former Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Groups on Egypt and Identity Fraud. He is a former Chairman of Conservative Friends of India.
On 8th June 2010, Nigel was elected as one of three Deputy Speakers of the House of Commons. It was the first time elections had been held for the roles and Nigel topped the poll. He served as First Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means until September 2013, when he returned to the back benches.
In January 2020, Nigel was again elected as one of three Deputy Speakers, and continues to serve as Second Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means.