Caroline joined Parliament in 1997 when she won the West Midlands seat of Meriden.
Born in 1958, Caroline was educated at Herts and Essex Grammar School before reading European Studies at Queen Mary College, University of London. She is fluent in French and German and worked for the sugar beet industry for fifteen years before entering politics.
In her constituency, Caroline has consistently campaigned to protect the greenbelt; introducing a private members’ bill to prevent garden grabbing in 2008, as well as compensation for property blight in 2013, and a bill to improve end-of-life care in 2009. She also helped to set up a charity in the Meriden constituency which helps rehabilitate people with drug addictions through training and employment opportunities.
In 2010, Caroline was appointed to the Cabinet as Environment Secretary. She introduced the first White Papers on both the Natural Environment and Water for twenty years. Caroline successfully concluded UN agreements on Biodiversity, and Sustainable Development Goals in 2012. Caroline is now working on increasing job security in the West Midlands, and improving healthcare.
Caroline now serves as the Second Church Estates Commissioner in Parliament, and was invested as a 'Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire’ in 2017 for longstanding ‘public and political service’.