About Derek

Derek Thomas was first elected as the Member of Parliament for the constituency of St Ives and the Isles of Scilly in the 2015 General Election, becoming the first Conservative MP for the area since 1997. To find out more about Derek's parliamentary work click here.


Born to missionary parents, Derek grew up in West Cornwall and qualified as a Cornish Mason. After working within the Construction Industry, Derek spent three years studying in South London before taking up a career in the voluntary sector working with vulnerable people for over 17 years. During this time, Derek developed a number of initiatives supporting vulnerable people to become more independent and ensure that they develop skills towards securing employment. Derek values working with young people and continues to run an adventure camp for local young people every year.

Before becoming an MP Derek set up a small construction company which developed redundant buildings into residential properties. Upon being elected Derek has made supporting small business owners one of his key priorities. Derek has also served as a District and Parish Councillor and has brought his experience with regards to local issues into his work at Westminster, prioritising the topics of skills, jobs, housing and health.

Derek lives in the rural village of St Buryan with his wife and their three children.