Thérèse was successfully re-elected as the MP for Suffolk Coastal in May 2015, doubling her majority. In the last Parliament she served on the Culture, Media and Sport Committee until she was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to Michael Fallon, Minister for Business and Energy. She then served in Government as an Assistant Whip. In May 2015 she was appointed Deputy Leader of the House of Commons and in July 2016 Prime Minister Theresa May asked her to become Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Thérèse has campaigned on stopping the A14 toll, improving NHS experience for patients and better broadband. Ongoing priorities include fairer share of funding, Sizewell C, Felixstowe Port, preventing coastal and estuary erosion, off gas grid consumers, rail improvements, agriculture, STEM takeup, women in business and educational attainment.
Thérèse grew up in the North West and after graduating from UCL with a PhD in Chemistry, joined the international company Mars. Qualified as a chartered management accountant, she became Finance Director for a UK subsidiary and has also worked at the BBC. She contested Wrexham in 2005 and European elections in 2004 and 2009. Outside politics, she enjoys watching football, gardening, is a CAMRA member and enjoys music, especially Muse.
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