Public Affairs: Lobbying Target - Ed Vaizey, shadow minister for the arts

The MP for Wantage & Didcot is a relative newcomer to the Commons, with a promising future ahead of him.

Ten-second biography

In 2004, Vaizey was appointed chief speechwriter to Conservative Party leader Michael Howard. He entered the Commons in 2005 and was made shadow minister for culture, looking after arts and broadcasting policy, in 2006.

- What's his background?

His father is the late Lord Vaizey, a life peer. Ed Vaizey was educated at St Paul's School in London and at Oxford. After university, he worked for two years in the Conservative Party's research department, before training and practising as a barrister. He later moved into public affairs, becoming a partner at Consolidated Communications.

- Where does he sit politically?

Vaizey is as Cameroon as they come.

- Is he one to watch?

Yep. Vaizey is seen as bright, articulate and relatively youthful. He is also close to Conservative Party leader David Cameron. But he has been heavily criticised in some quarters for his expenses.

- Something I might not have known

The Tory Bear blog recently named Vaizey as the 'sexiest male MP'.

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