Damian Hinds was first elected in 2010 as the MP for East Hampshire, and was re-elected in May 2015. Damian lives between Alton and Petersfield with his wife Jacqui and three young children. He is committed to working hard to support the many excellent East Hampshire businesses, charities and organisations.
His priorities include protecting village facilities – the remaining shops, post offices and village schools; and bolstering market towns like Alton and Petersfield, as well as supporting the major development at Whitehill & Bordon. He supports the Dementia Friends campaign run by the Alzheimer's Society and is closely involved with local groups that are working to make their communities more dementia friendly.
Damian’s parliamentary career has included sitting on the Education Select Committee, chairing the All Party Parliamentary Group for Social Mobility and time in the Whips Office. His other areas of interest include business, the economy and issues around tackling poverty.
In 2015 he was appointed Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, a role which he held until being appointed Minister of Employment at the Department for Work and Pensions in June 2016. He has responsibility for employment strategy, Jobcentre Plus, Universal Jobmatch and employer engagement. Specific policies include the Youth Contract, Fuller Working Lives, and the New Enterprise Allowance.
Damian’s degree is in politics, philosophy and economics and his secondary schooling was at St Ambrose Grammar School, Altrincham. Before Parliament, Damian spent 18 years working in the pubs/brewing and hotel industries, in Britain and abroad.