Public Affairs: Lobbying Target - Nick Herbert, shadow justice secretary

The MP for Arundel & South Downs is a contender for home secretary if the Tories win the next election

- Ten-second biography

Before entering the Commons in 2005, Herbert was chief executive of Business for Sterling, where he launched the 'no' campaign against the euro. He also co-founded independent think-tank Reform in 2002. Within months of becoming an MP, Herbert was made shadow minister for police reform. In June 2007, he joined the shadow cabinet in his present role.

- What's his background?

Herbert was born in Cambridge. His grandfather was MD of Shell Oil. He studied at Cambridge University before taking a job at the Conservative Research Department. He moved on to become director of political affairs at the British Field Sports Society.

- Where does he sit politically?

He is seen to be on the moderate right of the party, with strong pro-countryside and anti-euro credentials. Herbert was part of David Davis' campaign team during the 2005 leadership contest.

- Why he is someone to watch

Some Tory insiders had expected Herbert to be appointed shadow home secretary after David Davis' resignation earlier this year. Many still expect him to get the job next time David Cameron reshuffles the shadow cabinet.

- Something I may not have known

Herbert is one of three openly gay Tory MPs and the first Tory MP to have been open about his homosexuality before entering the Commons.

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