Ed was first elected as the Conservative Member of Parliament for the constituency of Wantage in 2005. He was re-elected in 2010 and 2015, each time with a significantly increased majority.
Ed served as the Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy from 2010-16. In that role, Ed was responsible for the roll out of the successful rural broadband programme, the introduction of 4G, and tax credits for film, television, animation and video games, which have made the creative industries the fastest growing part of our economy.
In the constituency, Ed is currently campaigning for improvements in safety for the A34; improved healthcare services in Oxfordshire; justice for AEAT pensioners; and continued investment in science and technology.
In Wantage and Didcot, 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. He is also chairman of the Oxfordshire LEP’s cultural sub-group looking at promoting culture and tourism in the county.
Ed currently serves as a trustee of two national charities, the National Youth Theatre and BritDoc. He is a member of the House of Commons Speaker’s Advisory Panel on the Arts and a Patron of Kids in Museums. Ed is also an honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects and an Honorary Fellow of the Radio Academy.
Ed is also chairman of Creative Fuse, a three-year research project looking at the technology sector in the North-East of England, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.