UK POLITICS: Nick Timothy Biography

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UK POLITICS: Nick Timothy Biography

Nick Timothy, a former special adviser to Mrs May advised her in Number 10, Nick Timothy is credited with influencing her views on social mobility and the need to put the Conservatives “at the service of working people”. He is a firm believer in ending the UK economy’s reliance on financial services and promoting a wider range of industries. He has also spoken out against George Osborne’s plan to give China a stake in Britain’s nuclear energy industry, arguing it could compromise national security, in one of a series of articles for the ConservativeHome website.

The bearded Brummie is the son of a steelworker, who went to grammar school and joined the Conservative Party at the age of 17. His ambition to be a Conservative MP was reportedly thwarted by David Cameron, following a row over special advisers being asked to canvass in a by-election. He resigned his post as head of the New Schools Network, set up in 2010 to promote free schools, to join Mrs May in Number 10.

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The Birmingham-born son of a steel worker and school assistant, Mr Timothy is a passionate supporter of Aston Villa and a keen cricket fan.

Like Mrs May he attended a grammar school, where it is suggested he first developed his Conservative beliefs – having noticed that if Labour had won the 1992 election they intended to shut his school.

He then studied at Sheffield University, becoming the first member of his family to enter higher education, before entering politics.

Mr Timothy is described as “anti-Establishment” in his beliefs, with his political hero being the radical 19th century mayor of Birmingham Joseph Chamberlain – about whom he has written a short biography.

He worked as a Conservative researcher at the party’s central office before becoming special adviser to Mrs May at the Home Office.

A row over his refusal, as a publicly funded employee, to campaign for the Conservatives at a by-election in 2014 saw him ousted from the Home Office amid tensions between Mrs May and David Cameron.

He was also barred from the Tories’ candidates list for the 2015 General Election.

Mr Timothy went on to work for the New Schools Network, a charity promoting free schools, and voted to leave the EU in 2016.

He was appointed Mrs May’s joint chief of staff in July 2016 after the Brexit vote led to her election as Tory leader and Prime Minister.

Martin Selmayr, the powerful chief of staff to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, suggested the 37-year-old had been sacrificed by the Prime Minister so she can cling to power despite throwing away her House of Commons’ majority.

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