Anne was elected to Thirsk, Malton and Filey in 2010, served as MEP for North East Essex (1989-94) and North Essex and South Suffolk (1994-99), and Member of Parliament for the Vale of York from 1997. Anne went to Harrogate Ladies College, Edinburgh University and University of Aarhus before qualifying as a Scottish Advocate in June 1982. She practised law in Edinburgh and Brussels and then worked for the Conservatives in the European Parliament between 1983 and 1989.
Anne served as Shadow Minister for Broadcasting, Transport, Foreign Affairs, Work & Pensions, Education and Environment (2001-10). In June 2010, Anne was elected Chairman of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee and also serves on the Executive of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. Anne has vigorously campaigned to save Malton, Thirsk and Easingwold Hospitals and works with The Wilf Ward Family Trust and The Encepalitis Society, and for improved safety on the A64, a fairer deal for farmers under CAP reform and a reformed Common Fisheries Policy. Anne worked with local partners to secure the Pickering Slow the Flow project.
Anne’s aims for the constituency are to support local businesses in the rural economy, support Community Hospitals and local Schools; and be a champion of rural businesses and the countryside, and is pressing for better rural broadband. Anne lives near Thirsk with her husband, John, who is a mediator. She is a keen swimmer and enjoys reading, the cinema and languages.
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