Minister without Portfolio

The Rt Hon John Hayes MP


John Hayes was appointed Minister without Portfolio on 28 March 2013. He has been the Conservative MP for South Holland and The Deepings since 1997.


John was educated at Colfe’s Grammar School and Nottingham University, where he graduated with a BA in politics and a PGCE in history/English.

Political career

John joined the Conservative Party at the age of 14. His career highlights include:

  • Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party 1999
  • Shadow Schools Minister 2000
  • Assistant Opposition Chief Whip 2001
  • Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food 2002 to 2003
  • Shadow Minister for Housing and Planning 2003 to 2005
  • Shadow Minister for Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education 2007 to 2010
  • Minister of State for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department for Education May 2010 to September 2012
  • Minister of State for Energy, Department of Energy and Climate Change September 2012 to March 2013.

Career outside politics

Before entering Parliament, John was a sales director for The Data Base Ltd, an IT company based in Nottingham.

Personal life

John and his wife have 2 sons.

Minister without Portfolio

Responsibilities of the Minister without Portfolio include contributing to the government’s policy and decision making processes.

Previous roles in government

  1. Minister of State for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning

    • 2010 to 2012
  2. Minister of State for Energy

    • 2012 to 2013
  3. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Skills

    • 2010 to 2012


by The Rt Hon John Hayes MP

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  1. New Office to look at community benefits for shale gas projects

    • 20 March 2013
    • Press release
  2. Preferred bidders announced in UK’s £1bn CCS Competition

    • 20 March 2013
    • Press release
  3. John Hayes speech to the Nuclear Industry Association New Nuclear Build Conference

    • 20 March 2013
    • Speech
  4. UK at forefront of European nuclear expansion

    • 12 March 2013
    • Press release
  5. John Hayes comment on the closure of Daw Mill colliery

    • 7 March 2013
    • News story
  6. Scheme brings £50m power bill saving across north Scotland

    • 1 March 2013
    • Press release
  7. New appointments announced to DECC

    • 22 February 2013
    • Press release
  8. Letter from Energy Minister, John Hayes to the Telegraph

    • 21 February 2013
    • News story
  9. John Hayes' response to Alistair Buchanan’s comments on energy security and rising gas prices

    • 19 February 2013
    • News story
  10. Written ministerial statement by John Hayes on the European opt in decision on nuclear liability

    • 1 February 2013
    • Statement to Parliament

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