Helen Whately was elected as the Member of Parliament for Faversham & Mid Kent in 2015. She has served on the Health Select Committee throughout the last Parliament, and has chaired the All Party Parliamentary Group for Mental Health since October 2016.
Helen has been a strong advocate for Faversham & Mid Kent. She has campaigned for more good school places, investment in roads, faster and more reliable trains, the right balance on housing and development, a seasonal agricultural workers’ scheme, and support for the NHS and social care.
Together with neighbouring Kent MPs, she secured £250 million to get Operation Stack off the M20. She has led a vigorous campaign to end dangerous lorry parking in lay-bys, triggering the Minister for Transport to launch a national survey of lorry parking places and support Kent as a pilot for tougher enforcement.
As well as winning funding for two new schools for Maidstone, she is an active campaigner for fairer funding for Kent schools, including the local grammar schools.
When Theresa May became Prime Minister, Helen was asked to serve as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister for Trade and Investment, the Rt Hon Greg Hands MP. In this role, Helen supports Greg in carrying out his parliamentary duties.
Helen’s parents were doctors, which is how her interest in the NHS first developed. Helen had a 17 year career in business and healthcare before standing for Parliament in Faversham & Mid Kent, including roles at PricewaterhouseCoopers, AOL Europe and McKinsey & Co.