Nickie Aiken was elected to Parliament in December 2019. She gave her maiden speech in the House in February 2020, focusing on rough sleeping and local government reform. In Parliament, Nickie sits on the Backbench Business Committee and the Women and Equalities Committee. She is an officer on the All-Party Parliamentary Groups for Short Lets, Homelessness, Women in Parliament & Sexual Violence in Conflict.
Nickie continues to sit as a Councillor on Westminster City Council for the Warwick Ward, first elected in 2006. She has held various positions on Westminster City Council’s Cabinet including Children’s Services, Public Protection and Licensing. During Nickie’s time as Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Westminster City Council made history when it became the first in the country to be rated “Outstanding” by Ofsted.
From 2017-2020 Nickie served as Leader of Westminster City Council. Under Nickie’s leadership, Westminster began the largest council home building programme for a generation, providing over 2000 new affordable and social rented homes. Alongside this Nickie introduced reforms to the planning system, making it more open and transparent, focused on giving residents a bigger and earlier voice in the planning process. Nickie also introduced the #DontBeIdle campaign, looking to improve air quality by encouraging idling vehicles to turn off their engines.
Under her leadership, the Council pioneered a voluntary contribution initiative, allowing the wealthiest residents of Westminster to choose to donate to a ring-fenced community fund focused improving young people’s life chances, tackling loneliness among the elderly and helping the homeless.
As Leader of Westminster City Council, Nickie also sat on the executive board of London Councils between 2018-2020. On the board Nickie was London’s education and children’s services lead and shadow lead for policing, focusing on the safeguarding implications around county lines drug gangs.
Working alongside the City of London Corporation Nickie aims to protect the international standing of the Corporation of London on the global financial and professional services stage.
Prior to entering politics, Nickie had a successful career in public relations and communications. She lives in Westminster with her husband and two children.