Nick Hurd, the Conservative MP for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner, has been unveiled as the new Minister of State for Policing and the Fire Service. He succeeds Brandon Lewis in the role, with Lewis having been promoted to the post of Minister of State for Immigration by Prime Minister Theresa May in the wake of the General Election.
Hurd was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Charities, Social Enterprise and Volunteering at the Cabinet Office in the Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition Government until July 2014. In November 2015, Hurd was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development following the resignation of Grant Shapps, former co-chairman of the Conservative Party who’s now Minister of State for International Development.
In July 2016, Hurd – who’s a Freeman of the City of London – was appointed Minister of State with responsibility for Industry and Climate Change at the newly-created Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
Hurd came top in the Private Members’ Bill Ballot in November 2006 and introduced the Sustainable Communities Bill into the House of Commons. This achieved its third reading in June 2007 and, after being passed by the House of Lords, the Sustainable Communities Act 2007 received Royal Assent in October of that year.
Hurd was promoted by David Cameron to the Opposition Whips’ Office in July 2007. Hurd served as Opposition Whip until his appointment as Shadow Minister for Charities, Social Enterprise and Volunteering in October 2008.
Need for constructive engagement
Speaking about Hurd’s appointment, Steve White (chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales) has moved to underline the “need for constructive engagement” in order to deliver the positive change so desperately needed for UK policing.
White stated: “There has never been a greater need for tangible change and investment in the police service. This will no doubt be a baptism of fire for Nick Hurd in light of the current climate, but time is of the essence. We hope to establish a healthy and productive working relationship that will see positive and progressive steps designed to better protect our officers and members of the public.”
In addition, White explained: “We cannot deliver what we used to deliver. With safety and security now at the forefront of people’s minds, it’s more important than ever to make sure officers are sufficiently supported to ‘get the job done’. This includes the right equipment, legislation and improved pay and conditions that suitably support and reflect the dangerous job police officers do every day. I shall be seeking a meeting with Nick Hurd at the earliest possible opportunity to discuss these important issues in some degree of detail.”