Edward Timpson was born in 1973 in Cheshire to John and Alex Timpson. He has an elder sister and brother as well as two adopted younger brothers. His parents have also fostered 87 children over the last 30 years, many of whom Edward grew up with.
Edward is married to Julia and they have four children, a boy Sam (aged 12) and three girls, Elizabeth (aged 11), Lydia (aged 8), and Nell (born in 2017), all born at Leighton Hospital, Crewe. Lydia is a leap year baby!
Having been selected as the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Crewe and Nantwich in an open contest in July 2007, Edward spent the next 10 months campaigning hard in the constituency before the sad death of Gwyneth Dunwoody MP in April 2008.
In the by-election that followed, Edward overturned a 7,000 Labour majority and was elected Member of Parliament for Crewe and Nantwich on 22nd May 2008.
Edward has lived and worked in the local community almost his entire life. From 1999 until his election, Edward practised as a family law barrister in local courts, including Crewe, specialising in the cases of vulnerable children.
Edward has dedicated his time as MP for Crewe and Nantwich to improving the lives of local residents. With an office in the heart of Crewe, regular surgeries and newsletters, visits to local schools, colleges, charities, businesses, residents' associations, religious groups and trades union branches amongst others, Edward has immersed himself in the community he represents.
Recently Edward has successfully lobbied Government for funding the Crewe Green Link Road, improvements to Crewe station a hub station for the new High speed 2 railway line, and new operating theatres and maternity wards at Leighton Hospital. He has also played a significant role in gaining regional growth funding for our largest local employer - Bentley Motors - as well as a University Technical College and the contract to build Bentley's new SUV in Crewe, creating over a thousand jobs and training opportunities, and safeguarding hundreds more.
He has led on a variety of campaigns since taking office. These include campaigns to save the Weston Road Sorting Office and the Oak Street Tax Office in Crewe, the Ambulance First Responders in Nantwich, and a variety of employment and transport issues including Bombardier, Bentley and the National Railway Skills Academy for Crewe. Edward has organised three Jobs Fairs at Crewe Alex FC and gone 'behind the scenes' to work at Leighton Hospital and to teach in a local school.
Edward is a patron of Home Start Central Cheshire, the Holly Holy Day Society and Supported Community Business, who help local people with special needs to develop their skills so they can get into the workplace. He is also an Honorary Member of the Crewe Alex Supporters' Initiative and the Royal British Legion, as well as a member of the Cheshire Neighbours Credit Union and a Vice-President of the Acton Amateur Operatic Society, who perform regularly at the Lyceum Theatre in Crewe.
At Westminster, Edward sat on the Children, Schools and Families Select Committee and the Joint Committee on Human Rights, and was also Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) on Adoption & Fostering and on Looked After Children & Care Leavers, Secretary of the APPG for Dairy Farmers, Vice Chairman on the APPG for Runaway Missing Children and Vice Chairman of the APPG on Epilepsy. This policy expertise and his former job as a family law barrister led to him becoming Minister for Children and Families in September 2012.
Edward was named 'Minister of the Year' in 2014, with his decision to raise the age that children and young people leave foster care from 18 to 21 being cited in particular as an example of his work as Minister for Children and Families.
Edward is enormously proud to represent the people of Crewe and Nantwich at Westminster, and believes they deserve an MP who puts their constituency first. As a representative for Crewe and Nantwich, Edward is not frightened to stand up for his constituents even where it is at odds with his Party's policy. He rebelled against his party on both the proposed part-privatisation of the Royal Mail and on changes to Bingo Tax.
Last year Edward completed his eleventh marathon in London, in support of The Christie. In previous marathon runs, Edward has raised money for the Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity and raised awareness of First4Adoption.co.uk: a dedicated one-stop information service for people interested in adopting a child in England.
Edward's passion for running marathons in aid of good causes wasn't even hampered by the 2010 General Election campaign during which he raised funds for two local charities of which he is a patron.
Away from politics, Edward is a fan of football, both watching and playing. He is part of a team that has played a series of fixtures against the Liverpool Legends, Manchester City, West Bromwich Albion and the cast of Hollyoaks, raising nearly £30,000 for St Luke's Cheshire Hospice and the Wingate Centre.