Sir Nicholas Paul Scott (5 August 1933 – 6 January 2005) was a British Conservative Party politician. Scott was born in Edmonton, Middlesex, to Percival John Scott, a Metropolitan Police officer, and his wife, Teresa Mary Murphy, who was Irish Catholic.. In comparison to most Young Conservatives of Scott's generation who later made it into the cabinet, he stood out, as not having gone to Oxbridge. His education was modest consisting of: at St Andrew's primary in Streatham, Clapham College, and then part-time at the City of London College and the City Literary Institute. From there he took modest jobs as a salesman, executive or director, first with Shell, then in the printing trade. Nick became one of the stars of the postwar generation of liberal, pro-European Young Conservatives and rose to become President of the Tory Reform Group. . Scott fought hard to retain a human face for British Conservatism, during his time in the House of Commons, he served as minister for social security, disabled people, Northern Ireland and employment.