Helen Whately was elected as the Member of Parliament for Faversham & Mid Kent in 2015. She was re-elected in 2017 with an increased majority.
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.
She was instrumental in a successful bid to open a new medical school in Kent. 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.
Helen was made the Conservative Party’s Vice Chair for Women in 2018. She is working to increase the number of female MPs on the Conservative benches and to promote gender equality. She has previously been PPS to the Party Chairman and the Department of International Trade. She also chaired an influential inquiry by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Mental Health into the current state of mental health care and has served on the Health Select Committee.
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.