About Nick

Nick Palmer was MP for Broxtowe from 1997 until 2010. He was Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS)  in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs until April 2005. He then became PPS to the Minister of State, Malcolm Wicks, first in the Department of Trade and Industry and later in the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform until 2008.

My background, skills and achievements

Education and skills

  • PhD in mathematics including university training in computing and econometrics, studied in the Massachusetts institute of Technology, Copenhagen University and London University..
  • Research in artificial intelligence
  • Speak six languages, active in socialist movements in three countries

Political and trade union record

  • 13 years in Parliament with experience on the Treasury, Justice, European Affairs and Northern Ireland Select Committees
  • PPS to the Energy and Science Ministers, involved in climate change and renewable energy strategy
  • Trade union member (currently UNITE) for decades, led a union list to victory over staff associations in a multinational company.
  • Broxtowe’s only Labour MP since the seat was created
  • Active in UNITE Parliamentary group, working to achieve the Temporary and Agency Workers Act and opposing Royal Mail part-privatisation
  • Former Health and Safety Officer, MSF

Career record

  • Management of two successful small businesses
  • Head of internet services in one of the world’s largest manufacturing companies
  • Currently Director of Policy in Cruelty Free International, an animal protection campaign
  • Four published (non-political) books

Communication with Broxtowe voters

  • 10% of all Broxtowe voters subscribe to my regular email updates
  • Monthly column in the Nottingham Post
  • Regular column resuming in the Beeston Express
  • An estimated 25,000 current constituents personally encountered. There are no streets in Broxtowe that I have not personally canvassed.

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_Palmer

You are welcome to contact me at any time
Email: nickmp1@aol.com
Phone: 07767-755255

Twitter: @NickPalmerMP
(this account name was set up when I was! – let’s see if we can make it accurate again…)


6 Responses to About Nick

  1. Dieter Hafner , Schaffhausen, Switzerland says:

    Dear Nick
    I’ve been following your mails – and now the blogs – with great interest. Your concept of Positive Politics is for me an optimal approach to understanding British Politics.
    From a perspective of this side of the English Channel and from outside “Europe”.
    Carry on!
    All the best,

  2. Dr Peter Miles says:

    would you please add me to your regular email updates
    Thank you

  3. Andrea Oates says:

    Just a plug for an entertaining evening of trade union history if you missed it at Chilwell and Kimberley earlier this year:

    We Will be Free: Tolpuddle Martyr’s Story, Fri 2 May

    Brought to you by the same people who made The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, WE WILL BE FREE! follows the extraordinary story of George Loveless, one of the Tolpuddle Martyrs, and his wife Betsy.

    Click here to book: Click for tickets
    Or get your ticket from Five Leaves Bookshop

    George was a Methodist minister and the leader of the six Dorset farm labourers who were tried, convicted and condemned to harsh transportation by an oppressive Government for having the temerity to form a union to fight against a succession of wage cuts inflicted by the local landowner.

    As this fast and furious story that defined the emergence of Trades Unionism and Chartism unravels, we see how the employers and the judiciary combine to stop the workers forming a union. The Tolpuddle Martyrs will be remembered for their courage and their legacy, the lawful right to belong to a trade union.

    Book now to avoid disappointment

  4. Marysia Zipser says:

    TO BEESTON & AREA RESIDENTS/ FAMILIES WHO HAVE PHOTOGRAPHS, DIARIES AND ANCESTRAL MEMORIES TO RELATE 1850s-1980s ABOUT BEESTON LACE DAYS, and any Beeston Lace samples and clothing/curtains …please get in touch with Marysia Zipser, marysiazipser@hotmail.co.uk, 07899 798487 ACT Group (Art-Culture-Tourism). HLF bid being submitted.
    in preparation/curation of…
    A social history experience with community involvement…highlighting Beeston’s wealth of industrial heritage
    Saturday 30th August – Saturday 13th September 2014
    Open Daily (except Sundays) 10.00am – 4.00pm

    Please get in touch with Marysia Zipser, marysiazipser@hotmail.co.uk 07899 798487 for
    BEESTON LACE HERITAGE Community & Family Workshops
    at VOLUNTARY ACTION BROXTOWE, Oban House, Beeston
    Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th September 2014 AND Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st
    Open all 4 days 10.00am – 4.00pm

    Oban House was built by Frank Wilkinson as his family home – he built Anglo Scotian Mills which became Europe’s (if not the World’s) largest lace curtain manufacturers.

  5. The public disagree with IPSA that MPs should employ any relative, or party-members, as Office staff paid for by Parliament. At the height of MPs expenses, political party expenses were being subsidized.

    The criteria for Job Selection should be capability, not personal relationship. By publishing all data held (by all government agencies including Pension, Civil and Security Services) voters can form their own opinion.

    Especially as some who lost out in 2010 are re-appearing. This places present MPs at a disadvantage, since earlier expenses are presently concealed.

    In my case, my children were internationally abducted, and despite winning a US Appeal, never got them back, because the MPs office staff didn’t know what they could do.

    Many MP’s wives are getting £40-50,000 wages, in times of austerity, when this could feed someone else’s family. Get them out of the trough, by opening this past information, which now has to be published.

    Please join this campaign: https://www.change.org/p/ipsa-publish-mps-relative-s-and-stooge-party-member-salaries-back-as-far-as-all-records-are-available?recruiter=45868005&utm_campaign=mailto_link&utm_medium=email&utm_source=share_petition

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