Ed was first elected as the Member of Parliament for the constituency of Wantage in 2005. He was re-elected in 2010, 2015 and 2017, each time with a significantly increased vote share. Ed is the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.
In Wantage and Didcot, Ed continues to champion local issues, including the plight of the AEAT Pensioners, campaigning for increased rail & road connectivity, better local healthcare facilities, fairer funding for education, and the growth of South Oxfordshire’s ever expanding science and high tech business hubs.
Ed is President of Didcot Town Football Club; a board member of Didcot First; Vice-President of the Friends of the Ridgeway; Patron of the Friends of St Mary’s Church, Buckland; President of SUDEP Action, a local epilepsy charity; patron of the Friends of OSCAR; and patron of Didcot TRAIN.
Ed served as the UK Government Culture and Digital Minister from 2010-16, and was the longest-serving Minister in that role. He was appointed a privy councillor in 2016.
In his role as Minister, Ed was responsible for the roll out of the successful UK rural broadband programme, the introduction of 4G, and tax credits for theatre, orchestras, film, television, animation and video games, which have helped make the creative industries the fastest growing part of the UK economy. In addition, he played a key role in attracting inward investment to the UK tech economy. He protected free admission to museums; oversaw a radical reform of English Heritage; and published the first White Paper on cultural policy for more than 50 years.
Ed continues to champion the creative and digital sectors. He is chair of the All Party Parliamentary Groups for Arts, Health and Wellbeing; Commercial Radio; and Creative Diversity.
Ed currently serves as a trustee of two national charities, the National Youth Theatre and the Documentary Society. He is a member of the House of Commons Speaker’s Advisory Panel on the Arts, a Patron of Kids in Museums and a trustee of London Music Masters, as well as sitting on the advisory board of Common Sense Media, the largest not-for-profit in the US campaigning for safer tech for kids. He is vice-chair of the British Esports Association and sits on the advisory board of the London Festival of Architecture.
Ed is also an honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects and of the Radio Academy.
Ed is a Honorary Professor of Practice at the Faculty of Arts & Humanities at Kings College London and Visiting Professor for the creative industries at Newcastle University.