Nick Harvey has been the MP for North Devon since 1992.
He was born in Chandler’s Ford and went to Queen’s College Taunton and then Middlesex University. Before being elected to Parliament, he worked in communications and marketing for the City consultants, Dewe Rogerson.
Nick had an interest in politics from an early age, joining the then Liberal Party in order to campaign for social justice. He first became involved in electoral politics at university where he served as the President of the students’ union from 1981-2.
Record Of Delivery
Nick has a strong record of delivering for people in North Devon. As an MP, Nick has:
- Worked in government to give 34,000 people in North Devon a £700 tax cut.
- Delivered a 5-year fuel duty freeze for all motorists and a 5p tax cut for the most remote areas.
- Secured fairer schools funding for rural areas like North Devon.
- Campaigned for regional aid funding for North Devon’s small businesses and large enterprises.
Nick now continues to campaign against rural inequalities, making the case for fairer funding for education and council services in historically disadvantaged rural areas like North Devon. He is also a commentator on defence issues, recently helping to shape the party’s nuclear weapons policy.
In his spare time, Nick is a keen football fan and enjoys exploring the North Devon coast with his wife Kate and their two children.
After entering Parliament, Nick became the Liberal Democrat Transport spokesperson. He went on to speak for the party on a range of areas including Health and Culture, Media & Sport before becoming the Liberal Democrat Shadow Defence Secretary in 2006. After 2010 General Election, Nick served in the Coalition Government as Minister of State for the Armed Forces until 2012.
Whilst at the Ministry of Defence, Nick led the debate in government for reducing the UK’s nuclear weapons stock, overseeing a review into the alternatives to the renewal of the Trident submarine system. He also oversaw operations in Afghanistan and contributed to policy on cyber-security and defence co-operation.
In January 2015 Nick was appointed to the Liberal Democrat General Election Cabinet as the party's Defence spokesperson.
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