Ed Vaizey MP was elected as the Member of Parliament for Wantage and Didcot in May 2005.
Born in 1968, Ed attended Merton College, Oxford. When he left university, he spent two years working for the Conservative Partyâ€™s Research Department, before training and practising as a barrister.
In 1996, he became the director of a highly successful public relations company based in London. In 2004, he left to become the chief speech writer for the then Leader of the Opposition, Michael Howard.
Ed also built up a career as a freelance political commentator, writing regularly for The Guardian, and appearing on programmes such as Despatch Box and The Wright Stuff, as well as broadcasting frequently on Five Live.
Ed is the Conservatives' Shadow Culture and Creative Industries Minister. In April 2009 he launched the current Creative Industries Taskforce to consider the current issues in the sector ahead of the next election.
Ed married Alex in September 2005, they live in Sparsholt and London with their son Joseph, and daughter Martha.