Nick Ramsay (born 10 June 1975) is a British politician who has been a Member of the Senedd since 2007. He currently represents the constituency of Monmouth. In 2019 Ramsay was readopted by the Monmouth Conservative Association as its chosen candidate for the elections to the Welsh Parliament due in 2021. Ramsay was asked again by the Conservative Leader in the Welsh Parliament, Paul Davies MS, to join the shadow cabinet in the senior position of Shadow Minister of Finance and to chair the influential Public Accounts Committee.
|Shadow Minister of Finance, Chair of the Public Accounts Committee|
2008 – Incumbent
|Preceded by||New post|
|Member of the Senedd |
|Assumed office |
3 May 2007
|Preceded by||David Davies|
|Born||10 June 1975|
Cwmbran, Torfaen, Wales
|Alma mater||Durham University, Cardiff University|
Nicholas Ramsay was born in 1975 and is originally from Cwmbran. He was educated at Croesyceiliog Comprehensive School and Durham University where he graduated in English and Philosophy. He later gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics from Cardiff University.
Between 1999 and 2001 he worked as a driving instructor in Monmouthshire and The Valleys.
Ramsay contested the Labour stronghold of Torfaen at the 2003 Assembly and 2005 General elections and has served as a Monmouthshire County Councillor for the ward of Mardy, which had previously been in Labour hands for over 20 years.
Ramsay succeeded David Davies as an Assembly Member for Monmouth, and was appointed Shadow Minister for Local Government in the Third Assembly Term. Nick stood for leadership of the Conservative group in the summer of 2011 and joined the Conservative Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Minister for Business, Enterprise, Technology and Science as well as Chairing the Business and Enterprise Committee.
After Nick Bourne lost his seat in May 2011, Nick Ramsay stood for leadership of the Welsh Conservative Senedd Group against South Wales Central AM, Andrew RT Davies. Davies was elected leader with 53.1% of the membership vote.
On 2 January 2020 it was reported that Ramsay had been suspended from the Welsh Conservative Party and his parliamentary group following what was described as a "police incident" at his home the previous evening. He was held in police custody for 24 hours before being released without charge, but continued to be suspended from the party pending an investigation. On 13 February, Ramsay confirmed that he had been reinstated to the Welsh Conservative Party Group in the Senedd and had dropped his legal challenge against the decision by group leader Paul Davies to suspend him. Following a delay caused by the National Lockdown Ramsay was officially reinstated to the Conservative party in July 2020 the incident resulted in no action on behalf of the Police or the Conservative party.
In 2008 Ramsay spent much of his time on the Special Assembly Procedure Committee, and in particular the "S025," which re-considered the controversial Robeston Wathen by-pass proposed by the Welsh Assembly Government. These types of Orders and challenges are rare occurrences. The last one which was heard in Parliament was in 1999.
Born and bred in South Wales Ramsay lives in his constituency in the village of Raglan. in 2017 he married long term partner Jennifer Davidson. Davidson, from Cardiff, is a Senior Staffer for Conservative Leader Paul Davies MS. They have one son. Ramsay is an active supporter of various local charities, notable ones being his role with MENCAP in the town of Chepstow and his annual support for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. Ramsay's support for good causes has resulted in him becoming locally known as somewhat of a go to quiz master for charity events.
- "Andrew RT Davies elected Tory Welsh assembly leader". BBC. 14 July 2011. Archived from the original on 15 July 2011. Retrieved 14 July 2011.
- "Welsh Tory Nick Ramsay suspended after 'police incident'". BBC News. BBC. 2 January 2020. Retrieved 2 January 2020.
- "Monmouth AM Nick Ramsay kept suspended by Conservatives'". BBC News. BBC. 23 January 2020. Retrieved 24 January 2020.
- "Nick Ramsay issues statement to defend three-week absence from the Assembly after alleged incident". Wales Online. Western Mail. 23 January 2020. Retrieved 24 January 2020.
- "Tory AM Nick Ramsay ends legal action against his party". BBC News. 13 February 2020.
| Member of the Senedd for Monmouth
| Shadow Minister for Local Government and Public Services
11 July 2007 to 22 October 2008
| Shadow Minister for Finance
from 22 October 2008
| Shadow Minister for Business, Enterprise and Technology