Nick Thomas-Symonds

Shadow home secretary and Labour MP for Torfaen

Nick was elected as the Labour MP for Torfaen in May 2015 and was appointed to the House of Commons Justice Select committee in July 2015. He was born in Panteg Hospital and brought up in Blaenavon, where he attended St. Felix R.C. Primary School. He then went to St. Alban's R.C. High School, Pontypool, at which he later served as a Governor (2007-2015). He read Politics, Philosophy and Economics at St. Edmund Hall, Oxford, graduating in 2001 before working as a Tutor/Lecturer in Politics at his old college (2002-2015), specialising in twentieth-century British government. He has written biographies of Clement Attlee and Aneurin Bevan and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 2012. He also trained as a barrister, and was a practising tenant at Civitas Law in Cardiff, Wales's first specialist civil and public law Chambers. Nick lives in Abersychan with his wife Rebecca and his daughters Matilda and Florence.