Priti was born in London and was educated at a local secondary school in Watford. She went on to study at Keele University in Staffordshire, where she read Economics. She then went on to study at the University of Essex.
Priti’s home and early life has played a large part in forming her political beliefs. Her parents, have run a number of small businesses around the South East and the East of England and her family has always lived and worked by the strong traditions of self-help, the importance of family life and support of the local community.
Before embarking on a career in public affairs and communications, Priti worked in the Conservative Research Department and in 1998 became the Deputy Press Secretary to the then Leader of the Opposition, the Rt Hon William Hague MP. Since 2000, she has advised and represented a wide range of organisations on their business and communication strategies.
In the 2005 General Election, Priti was the Conservative Party candidate for Nottingham North in November 2006 Priti was selected as the Conservative candidate for the new Witham constituency.
Priti is married to Alex and outside of politics, they both enjoy horse racing, cricket and travelling.
Priti Patel's Experience
Priti has been an active member of the Conservative Party for over 16 years. She strongly believes in putting local people before party politics and has in the past campaigned on a range of issues such as rising crime and anti-social behaviour. She has also campaigned against Labour’s never ending increases in council tax which have forced more and more people on low and fixed incomes into financial hardship.
As the Conservative Parliamentary Spokesman, Priti is particularly interested in the issue of law and order, the need for more bobbies on the beat and for sanctions against criminals who commit crime. Priti also believes in the provision of community based health care and that our pensioners should be treated with the dignity and respect that they deserve.
Priti strongly opposes British membership of the Euro and she supports a tough stance on immigration and asylum.
Speaking about the challenge ahead, Priti said:
‘The people of the Witham and the neighbouring communities have been badly let down by this Labour Government. As well as highlighting their appalling record I will be putting forward positive solutions and ideas to make Witham and all its communities a better place to live and work. I want to see a society where people have greater freedom and more opportunity. As your Conservative candidate, I will put the Witham constituency and the interests of local people first, by campaigning on the issues that matter locally. I look forward to being a strong voice for Witham.”