Born in 1959 in Glasgow, Lorraine spent over twenty years in business before deciding to seek elected office in 2002. She has worked for several major national and international companies with the responsibility of negotiating multi-million pound commercial contracts.
In 2000, she became a consultant to a number of businesses and clients, ranging from hi-tech database companies to consumer energy providers, advising them on the public relations and media strategies.
She has also held the role of Press and Media Advisor to the Chairman of a senior Parliamentary Committee. Lorraine has been happily married to Mark for eighteen years. Her personal interests include travelling with Mark, reading, collecting advertising memorabilia and other “interesting junk”, cooking and socialising with friends.
Lorraine Fullbrook's Experience
Lorraine was the Parliamentary candidate for South Ribble at the 2005 General Election, when she reduced the incumbent Labour MP’s majority by half, to just over 2000 after a recount. Lorraine feels honoured and privileged to have been re-selected in October 2005 as the Conservative Parliamentary Spokesman for the South Ribble constituency.
In her short political journey, which began in May 2002, Lorraine has risen rapidly. Just two days after being elected as a local councillor, she joined the Cabinet of the council as the Cabinet Member for Communications. Six months later, she was promoted to Cabinet Member for Finance and was very proud to have delivered inflation only council tax increases during her tenure – in contrast to the 27% previously levied by the LibDem leadership. Just six months after taking over the finance portfolio, she was elected as the first female Leader of the Council – but retained the financial reins.
She resigned as a councillor and council leader in May 2004 to commit herself fully to the South Ribble constituency. She says, “I am delighted to have been given the chance to finish the job in South Ribble I began two years ago. I committed myself to the people of the South Ribble constituency then, and will continue to do so for the rest of my political career”.
She is a supporter of the Centre for Social Justice and has a long and proven record of fighting inappropriate sitings of telecom masts, unsympathetic and speculative development and the retention of our green environment and wildlife.