Nicholas True, Baron True

Nicholas Edward True, Baron True CBE (born 31 July 1951) is a British Conservative politician and a member of the House of Lords.

The Lord True

True in 2017
Minister of State at the Cabinet Office
Assumed office
14 February 2020
Prime MinisterBoris Johnson
Preceded byDavid Laws (2015)
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
11 January 2011
Life Peerage
Personal details
Born (1951-07-31) 31 July 1951 (age 69)
Political partyConservative
Anne-Marie Elena Kathleen Blanco Hood
(m. 1979)
EducationNottingham High School
Alma materPeterhouse, Cambridge

Early life and education

True was born on 31 July 1951 to Edward Thomas True and Kathleen Louise True (née Mather). He was educated at Nottingham High School and Peterhouse, Cambridge, from which he graduated BA in 1973 and MA in 1978.


True worked in the Conservative Research Department from 1975 to 1982, also serving as assistant to the Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party from 1978 to 1982. He was special adviser to Norman Fowler, Secretary of State for Health and Social Security from 1982 to 1986. He then moved to be Director of the Public Policy Unit from 1986 to 1990. He was Deputy Head of the Prime Minister's Policy Unit from 1991 to 1995, before becoming special adviser within the Prime Minister's Office in 1997, until the general election of that year. In his memoirs the former Prime Minister John Major says that True was his favourite speechwriter. He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 1993 New Year Honours.[1]

True served as private secretary to the Leader of the Opposition in the House of Lords and Director of the Opposition Whips' Office there from 1997 to 2010. On 23 December 2010 he was created a life peer as Baron True, of East Sheen in the County of Surrey.[2]

Public office

He was a Conservative councillor in the London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames from 1986 to 1990 and again from 1998 to 2018. He served as Leader of the Council from 2010 to 2017, having previously served as Deputy Leader from 2002 to 2006 and Leader of the Opposition from 2006 to 2010.

He has been, since 2006, a trustee of the Richmond Civic Trust, and since 1996 a trustee of Sir Harold Hood's Charitable Trust. He served the Olga Havel Foundation in the same capacity from 1990 to 1994.

In February 2020 True was appointed Minister of State for the Cabinet Office at the Cabinet Office.

Personal life

In 1979 he married Anne-Marie Elena Kathleen Blanco, daughter of Robin Adrian Hood, director of CAFOD from 1977 to 1982, and granddaughter of the businessman and Conservative politician Sir Joseph Hood, 1st Baronet.[3] They have two sons and one daughter.


  1. "No. 53153". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 1992. p. 9.
  2. "No. 59656". The London Gazette. 30 December 2010. p. 24903.
  3. Burke's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage, 107th edition, vol. 2, Charles Mosley, Burke's Peerage Ltd, 2003, p. 1594
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Political offices
Preceded by
David Laws
Minister of State for the Cabinet Office
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by
The Lord Ribeiro
Baron True
Followed by
The Lord Lexden