Anne Main

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Anne Main
Member of Parliament
for St Albans
Assumed office
5 May 2005
Preceded by Kerry Pollard
Majority 2,305 (4.4%)
Personal details
Born (1957-05-17) 17 May 1957 (age 57)
Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Andrew
Children 4
Alma mater University of Sheffield, Swansea University

Anne Margaret Main (born 17 May 1957) is a Conservative Party politician in Britain. She was elected at the 2005 general election as the Member of Parliament (MP) for St Albans, defeating the Labour incumbent Kerry Pollard, and was re-elected in 2010.

Early life[edit]

Main was born in Cardiff, Wales. She went to the Bishop of Llandaff Church in Wales High School in Rookwood Close in Llandaff, Cardiff. She read English at Swansea University obtaining a BA Hons, where she met her first husband, Stephen. She then obtained a PGCE from Sheffield University. She moved to the London area and taught English and drama at an inner London comprehensive school.

Political career[edit]

Main's political career began in 1999 when she became a town councillor in Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire.[1] She also served on South Bucks Council from 2001. In May 2005, she was elected as the Member of Parliament for St Albans.

On 13 August 2009, the local St Albans conservative association voted by a large margin (140 to 20 according to some sources[2]) to keep her as its candidate for the forthcoming general election, which had to be held before 3 June 2010. The local party vote was the consequence of a deselection bid, led by the association's chairwoman, in connection with public criticism over her parliamentary expenses.[3][4][5][6]

In the 2010 general election she held on to her seat with an increased majority, despite a 3.75% swing to the Liberal Democrats.[7]

As of 29 April 2013, she is the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Bangladesh.[8]


Main was investigated by The Daily Telegraph in May 2009 for claiming a second home allowance on an apartment where her daughter lived with her for some of the time, rent free, while she claimed back council tax.[9] On 26 June it became apparent that she would be facing a Parliamentary inquiry into these allegations under John Lyon, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, following a formal complaint thought to be from a constituent.[10]

In February 2010 Anne Main was ordered to repay £7,100 (being £2,100 wrongly claimed for food, along with an additional £5,000 to reflect the "emotional benefit" she received from having her daughter present at her second home), and to provide a written apology to the committee.[11][12][13]

Main claimed £22,000 a year for a second home, despite being able to commute from her home in St Albans, 26 miles from Westminster.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Main married Stephen Tonks in 1978, and they had a son and two daughters: Nick, Claire, and Jennifer. Stephen died of cancer, aged 34. In 1995, she married Andrew Jonathan Main, an IT director, with whom she had a fourth child, Alexander.[15]


External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Kerry Pollard
Member of Parliament for St Albans