Nick Coates is not a career politician, although he has a long history of campaigning. He believes every person deserves an equal chance at their dreams, a belief that has led him to advocate for teenagers facing discrimination, residents being forced from their homes by developers, and elderly people in care.
Nick graduated from University College, London before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant. Most of his work career has been in and around the housing sector. Most recently, he provided financial advice to small and medium-sized businesses across the UK. His business experience crosses public, not-for-profit and private sectors, however when elected to Parliament, being an MP will be his sole occupation.
He recently worked with Foxhill residents against property developer Curo, to stop the demolition of the residents’ housing estate. Nick has also been a primary school governor and a Board member of a housing association. He is currently a Trustee of a charitable, residential and nursing care home, where he’s witnessed first-hand the difficulties facing elderly people living in constrained circumstances.
Nick is passionate about taking determined steps towards reversing climate change. In North East Somerset this means strongly opposing the expansion of Bristol Airport, a move that will only increase car traffic on local roads without providing any benefit to local residents.
Nick’s aims to bring a positive voice to our political conversations with a fair and forward thinking approach to politics.
Nick is married with two adult children, and when he has time he plays drums in a jazz and blues band.
Nick Coates is the Liberal Democrat’s parliamentary candidate for North East Somerset.