Nicholas Boles

Nick Boles
Member of Parliament
for Grantham and Stamford
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Quentin Davies
Majority 14,826 (28.1%)
Personal details
Born 2 November 1965 (1965-11-02) (age 46)


Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Alma mater Magdalen College, Oxford
John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Nicholas Edward Coleridge "Nick" Boles (born 2 November 1965) is a British Conservative Party politician who is the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Grantham and Stamford constituency in Lincolnshire. He was previously a Westminster City councillor and the Director of Policy Exchange, a think tank based in Westminster.



Boles was a scholar at Winchester College before studying PPE at Magdalen College, Oxford, then winning a Kennedy Scholarship to study for a Master's in Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.[citation needed]

In 1995, he founded a small DIY supply small business—Longwall Holdings Limited—of which he is non-executive chairman, having served as the chief executive until 2000.[2] In 1998, he was elected to Westminster City Council for the West End ward comprising Mayfair and Soho. He was chairman of the Housing Committee from 1999 to 2001, before stepping down in 2002. During much of this time, Boles flatshared with fellow Conservative activists Michael Gove and Ivan Massow. He and Gove, along with fellow Westminster Conservatives Ed Vaizey, David Cameron, George Osborne and Rachel Whetstone, are sometimes referred to as the 'Notting Hill Set' an influential group of relatively young Conservatives.[3] He founded the think tank Policy Exchange in 2002 and served as the Director until leaving the organisation in 2007 to avoid a potential conflict of interest. During his tenure Policy Exchange became one of the most influential think tanks in the country, especially after David Cameron was elected Conservative Party leader in 2005.[4]

Boles was the Conservative Party candidate for the Labour-held marginal seat of Hove for the May 2005 general election. He received some media attention during 2005 election by being an openly gay Conservative candidate for a winnable seat. However, Celia Barlow retained the seat for Labour. The share of the Conservative vote fell by 2% in this target marginal constituency. He was a candidate in the Conservative primary for the London mayoral election, 2008, but withdrew after being diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma.[3][5]

Boles recovered from his illness and in October 2007 was selected as the prospective Conservative candidate to contest Grantham and Stamford, the seat previously occupied by Quentin Davies, who switched allegiance from the Conservatives to Labour earlier in 2007.[3] In May 2008, he was appointed as the Chief of Staff for the new Conservative Mayor of London Boris Johnson for a period of three months.[6] In the later half of 2008 he started work on preparing the Conservatives for potential government by meeting senior civil servants to discuss how to implement Conservative policies if they won the next general election.[4]

He was elected as member for Grantham and Stamford on 6 May 2010 with a majority of 14,826 votes.[7] He was appointed as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Schools Minister, Nick Gibb in 2010.[8]

Nick Boles is a member of the Cambridge-based think tank the Henry Jackson Society, which advocates a pro-active approach to the spread of liberal democracy in the world.[citation needed]

On Newsnight, 18 July 2011, Boles said the News Corporation phone hacking scandal was a "little local difficulty puffed up by Labour".[citation needed]


Boles is openly gay.[9] In May 2011 Boles entered a civil partnership with an Israeli born person, as noted in his middle east parliament debate contribution on 16 May 2011.


  • Boles, Nick (2010), Which Way's Up? The future for Coalition Britain and how to get there, Biteback, ISBN 1849540632 .
  • Vaizey, Edward; Gove, Michael; Boles, Nicholas (2001), A blue tomorrow, Politico's Pub, ISBN 9781842750278 .


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Non-profit organization positions
New creation Director of Policy Exchange
2002 – 2007
Succeeded by
Anthony Browne
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Quentin Davies
Member of Parliament for Grantham and Stamford

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