Caroline has lived in and around the Romsey Constituency all her life. She was born in 1972, and since then has lived predominantly in the village of West Wellow, where her parents’ family home is. Last year Caroline, her husband Marc and their daughter Tabitha moved back to Wellow, and they now live in Canada Road on the edge of the New Forest.
Caroline was educated locally, at Romsey Abbey Primary School, Romsey School and later La Sagesse Convent in the town. Like many local teenagers she sat her A Levels at Peter Symonds' College in Winchester. She later studied politics at the University of Sussex.
For ten years from 1994-2004 Caroline worked for her father, Roy Perry, who was MEP for Wight and Hampshire South and later one of the eleven MEPs for the South East Region. It gave her a decade’s worth of experience of handling constituency issues, working with local community groups and business, and understanding exactly what is required of a busy constituency representative.
Caroline Nokes' Experience
Caroline Nokes first contested the Romsey Parliamentary Constituency in 2005, narrowly failing to gain the seat by just 125 votes. She was immediately reselected to fight the Romsey and Southampton North seat, which she won on 6th May 2010.
Caroline is a member of Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt's backbench support team, having previously served for 10 years as the Executive Member for Leisure on Test Valley Borough Council. She also sits on the Environmental Audit Committee.
In the early hours of May 7th 2010, following the general election the previous day, Caroline was confirmed as the Member of Parliament for Romsey and Southampton North. She won with a majority of 4156, securing a swing of some 4.5% from the Liberal Democrats to the Conservatives.