Nick Hurd appointed Minister of State for Policing and the Fire Service by Prime Minister Theresa May

Nick Hurd

Nick Hurd

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.”

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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