Sir Arthur Nicholas Winston Soames (born 12 February 1948) is a British Conservative Party politician who served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Mid Sussex from 1997 to 2019, having previously served as the MP for Crawley from 1983 to 1997. Soames was Minister of State for the Armed Forces from 1994 to 1997 in the government of John Major.
Nicholas Soames was born on February 12, 1948 in Croydon, Surrey, England as Arthur Nicholas Winston Soames. He is known for his work on Inside the Commons (2015), The Child Soldier's New Job (2016) and Horizon (1964).
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Soames was born in Croydon and is a grandson of the British prime minister Sir Winston Churchill, the son of Lord and Lady Soames, and a great-nephew of the founders of the Scout movement, Robert Baden-Powell and Olave Baden-Powell. His brother is the industrialist Rupert Soames. Simon Hoggart, writing in The Guardian, related an anecdote of Soames' childhood: "He gave me the true version of what I had always suspected was an apocryphal story. In or around 1953, when Soames was five, he didn't know how important his grandfather was until someone told him. So he walked up to the old man's bedroom, managed to get past the valets and the secretaries, and found him sitting up in bed.'Is it true, grandpapa, that you are the greatest man in the world?' he asked.'Yes I am,' said Churchill. 'Now bugger off.'"' After attending St. Aubyns Preparatory School in Sussex, Soames received his secondary education at Eton College. Later he studied at Mons Officer Cadet School before being commission...
In 1970, he was appointed Equerry to HRH The Prince of Wales; he has remained a close friend of the Prince ever since and publicly criticised Diana, Princess of Wales, during the couple's estrangement. When Diana first accused the Prince of Wales of adultery with Camilla Parker Bowles, Soames told the BBC that the accusation, and Diana's fear of being slandered by her husband's courtiers, stemmed merely from Diana's mental illness, and "the advanced stages of paranoia".Charles later admitted his adultery and Soames apologised. When questioned by the inquest into the death of Diana, Soames said that he saw his job as "to speak up for the Prince of Wales". He denied threatening Diana, and warning her, "accidents happen" in the months before she died. In 1972, he left Kensington Palace and the army to work as a stockbroker. In 1974, he became a personal assistant; first to Sir James Goldsmith and then in 1976 to United States Senator Mark Hatfield, whose employ he left in 1978 to becom...
Soames was elected as the MP for Crawley at the 1983 general election. He sat for Crawley until the 1997 general election (when Labour defeated the Conservatives in Crawley). In the 1997 election, he retained the constituency of Mid Sussex for the Conservatives after Tim Rentonstood down at the election, and Soames has remained the seat's MP since then. He served as a Parliamentary Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food between 1992 and 1994, as Minister of State for the Armed Forces at the Ministry of Defence under Prime Minister John Major between 1994 and 1997, and later as the Shadow Secretary of State for Defencefrom 2003 to 2005. On 9 May 2005, shortly after Michael Howard announced his intention to resign as leader of the Conservative Party, Soames resigned from the shadow cabinet. He immediately ended speculation that he intended to stand for the post of leader, saying that he merely wanted to be free to think about, and to influence the future of the p...
Soames is chairman of the private security contractor Aegis Defence Services and chairman of Framlington Second Dual Trust plc.Aegis had a series of contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars to provide guards to protect US military bases in Iraq from 2004 onwards. From 2011, the company broadened its recruitment to take in African countries, having previously employed people from the UK, the US and Nepal. Contract documents say that the soldiers from Sierra Leone were paid $16 (£11) a day. A documentary, The Child Soldier’s New Job, broadcast in Denmark, alleges that the estimated 2,500 Sierra Leonean personnel who were recruited by Aegis and other private security companies to work in Iraq included former child soldiers.
Mid Sussex Conservative Constituency Association has received over £1 million in donations, with Soames receiving well over £100,000 from private military company Aegis Defence Services Ltd from 2010 onwards. US multinational professional services, risk management and insurance brokerage firm Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc has given Soames £518,069 since 2010 in remunerations for his services as an MP.Soames has also received private donations from a variety of people, including £5,749 from Majlis As Shura, £10,000 from David Rowland, and £20,000 from Ann R. Said.
In October 2017, Soames faced criticism following a meeting with Robert Mugabe while visiting Zimbabwe. Zimbabwean media claimed that the visit was "part of a private initiative of friends of Zimbabwe in the British establishment" to normalise relations between the two countries, and quoted Mugabe as saying that Soames had carried messages of goodwill from both Lord Carrington (who had co-signed the 1979 Lancaster House Agreement on behalf of the British Government) and Prince Charles. The Zimbabwean state-owned Heraldasserted that "Sir Nicholas insisted on meeting President Mugabe in the full glare of publicity. He promised to publicise details of the meeting in the British media." In response, Soames maintained that he had met Mugabe in a personal capacity, rather than as a representative of the UK government: he explained that his father Christopher Soames, who had overseen Zimbabwe's transition to independence, would not have forgiven him if he had not tried to "call on" the pre...
He has been married twice. His first marriage (4 June 1981 – 1988) was to Catherine Weatherall (the sister of Isobel Bowes-Lyon, Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne). They have one son: 1. Arthur Harry David Soames (1985) He married, secondly, Serena Smith (a niece of the Duchess of Grafton) on 21 December 1993. They have two children. 1. Isabella Soames (28 November 1996) 2. Christopher Soames (11 January 2001)1948–1978:Nicholas Soames, Esq1978–1983: The HonourableNicholas Soames1983–2011: The HonourableNicholas Soames MP2011–2014: The Right HonourableNicholas Soames MP
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Oct 30, 2021 · In March 2022, Sir Winston Churchill’s grandson, Sir Nicholas Soames, will be leading a small group trip to South Africa. This journey will take one of the world’s most luxurious trains deep into the heartlands of the Boer War, following in the footsteps of Sir Winston Churchill.
Aug 23, 2020 · Sir Nicholas Soames, an MP for 36 years and Winston Churchill's grandson, has told Cornwall to “f*** off”.
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