Anne was born in 1955, is married to Graham (who is a doctor) and has four children. She was educated at Haywards Heath Grammar School in Sussex, and trained as a nurse at St Bartholomew's Hospital in London. Anne worked for the NHS for 25 years and has a wide range of experience in the NHS.
Anne has lived in Surrey since 1994 with her family and having been brought up in Sussex she understands only too well the problems facing the South East in general and Guildford in particular.
Anne became involved in politics in the early 1990s, though in the past she was a union steward for the Royal College of Nursing
Before being elected as an MP for Guildford, Anne was a borough councillor for five years in Surrey. She was Conservative Group Leader and was also Vice Chairman of the Conservative Medical Society.
In Parliament Anne was appointed to the Health Select Committee in 2005 until she was made Shadow Minister for Tourism, Gambling and Licensing. She was appointed Shadow Minister for Health in 2007 and was Minister for Public Health in the new coalition government between May 2010 and Sept 2012. In September 2012 she was appointed Government Whip (Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury).
Campaigning in Guildford
After an incredibly tight campaign in 2005 Anne won the seat of Guildford from the Liberal Democrats with a majority of 347. In 2010 Guildford was reported as being a top Liberal Democrat target seat, however Anne was returned with a majority of over 7,500.