“I use ‘disruptive’ in both its good and bad connotations. Disruptive scientific and technological progress is not to me inherently good or inherently evil. But its arc is for us to shape. Technology’s progress is furthermore in my judgment unstoppable. But it is quite incorrect that it unfolds inexorably according to its own internal logic and the laws of nature.”
Damian Collins has served as the Conservative MP for Folkestone and Hythe since 2010.
In October 2016 he was elected by the House of Commons as Chairman of the Culture, Media and Sport select committee, having previously served as a member of the committee. In this role he led the committee’s inquiries into doping in sport, fake news, football governance, homophobia in sport, and the impact of Brexit on the creative industries and tourism. Damian is also the Chairman of the Conservative Arts and Creative Industries Network.
During the Coalition government Damian served between 2014-15 as Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to then Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond. From 2012-2014 he was PPS to the then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Theresa Villiers.
Damian graduated in Modern History from St Benet’s Hall, University of Oxford in 1996, and in 1995 was also President of the Oxford University Conservative Association. Damian’s career before politics was in the advertising and communications industries, mostly at the M&C Saatchi advertising agency in London where he worked from 1999 to 2008.
He is a keen sports fan, a lifelong supporter of Manchester United, and a member of the MCC. He has also made recent, occasional appearances for the Lord and Commons rugby and cricket clubs. Damian has written for The Times, the Daily Telegraph and Newsweek, and his first book, ‘Charmed Life, the phenomenal world of Philip Sassoon’, was published by HarperCollins in 2016.