Oliver Heald


Oliver Heald was re-elected MP for North East Hertfordshire on May 7th 2015 with 28949 votes, taking 55.4% of the vote.

Oliver was born in 1954. He was educated at Reading School and Pembroke College, Cambridge (Ziegler Law Scholar, MA Hons Law). He is married and has a son and two daughters.

He was called to the Bar in 1977 and has practised as a barrister on the South Eastern Circuit. He is a specialist in employment law.

Oliver contested Southwark and Bermondsey in the General Election of June 1987. He was elected as Member of Parliament for North East Hertfordshire at the General Election of April, 1992. He is a Vice President of two Conservative associations.

He was Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Backbench Employment Committee 1992-94. He was a member of the Select Committee on Employment 1992-94. He is a member of the All Party Group on Pensions.

Oliver was Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Rt Hon William Waldegrave MP, Secretary of State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food from September 1994 until July 1995. In July 1995, Oliver was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Social Security and designated Benefit Fraud Minister.

He was an Opposition Whip, and was appointed Frontbench Spokesman for Home Affairs in February 2000. In September 2001, he was appointed as a Frontbench Spokesman for Health. In November 2002, he was promoted to Shadow Work and Pensions Minister. In November 2003, he was appointed Shadow Leader of the House.

From September 2004 to June 2007, he served as the Shadow Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs, and also as the Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.

From November 2007, member of the Work and Pensions Select Committee and from March 2008 member of the Committee on Standards in Public Life.

Constituency: North East Hertfordshire

Constituency Address: 75 Station Road, Letchworth, Hertfordshire , SG6 3BJ

Constituency Tel: 01462 684348

Date of Birth: 15 December 1954

Email: oliver.heald.mp@parliament.uk

Party: Conservative

Personal Website: http://www.oliverhealdmp.com/

Westminster Address: House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

Westminster Tel: 020 7219 6354

Twitter: @OliverHealdMP