Nigel Mills is a British politician and a member of Conservative Party. He currently serves as the Member of Parliament (MP) from the constituency of Amber Valley in Derbyshire. The Amber Valley constituency came into existence in 1983 and was held by Conservative politician Phillip Oppenheim for three continuous terms. Things shifted in favor of Labour party when Judy Mallaber won in 1997 and the following two elections as well.
It was Nigel Mills who wrestled back the constituency from Labour party in 2010 election. Mills had retained the seat ever since, throughout 2015, 2017 and 2019 elections. The first election for Mills in 2010 was the toughest. He had managed to win the election by a thin margin of just around 500+ votes. In 2010 general election from Amber Valley, Mills received 38.6% votes, as compared to 37.4% of his closest rival Judy Mallaber of Labour Party.
In the following elections from Amber Valley, things became relatively easier for Mills. His vote share has also increased continuously in all the four elections. In 2015 general election from Amber Valley, Mills defeated his nearest rival Kevin Gillott of Labour Party by a margin of more than 4,000 votes. Vote share increased to 44%.
In 2017, Mills defeated James Dawson of Labour Party by a margin of more than 8k votes. Vote share increased to 56.5%. Mills best ever win till date came in 2019 when he defeated Adam Thompson of Labour Party by a margin of more than 16k votes. Vote share increased to 63.8%. This is the highest vote share ever to be recorded by a winner in Amber Valley constituency.
Early life, education and professional career
Nigel Mills was born on October 28, 1974 in Jacksdale, United Kingdom. He has studied at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and has a degree in Classics. He is also a qualified Chartered Accountant. Mills married Alice Elizabeth in 2013 and the couple currently lives in Alfreton.
Prior to his political career, Mills had worked as a tax consultant for around 12 years. He had specialization in small business and personal tax. Later, he also focused on providing consultations to businesses on international tax issues. One of his specialties was providing advice on inward investment in the UK. During his professional career, Mills had worked with companies such as PricewaterhouseCoopers and Deloitte.
Nigel Mills political career got the first break in 2004, when he got elected as Conservative Councillor for Amber Valley Borough Council. He had won from Horsley, Horsley Woodhouse and Shipley ward. He was re-elected in 2008. Mills had also served as a Heanor and Loscoe Town Councillor. Mills has been a strong supporter of Brexit.
Nigel Mills has significant interest in sports. Some of his favorites include football and cricket.