|Minister of State for Employment|
7 October 2013 – 8 May 2015
|Prime Minister||David Cameron|
|Preceded by||Mark Hoban|
|Succeeded by||Priti Patel|
|Undersecretary of State for Disabilities|
4 September 2012 – 7 October 2013
|Prime Minister||David Cameron|
|Preceded by||Maria Miller|
|Succeeded by||Mike Penning (Minister of State)|
|Member of Parliament
for Wirral West
6 May 2010 – 30 March 2015
|Preceded by||Stephen Hesford|
|Succeeded by||Margaret Greenwood|
|Born||Esther Louise McVey
24 October 1967
|Alma mater||University of London
John Moores University
Esther Louise McVey (born 24 October 1967) is a British Conservative Party politician. She was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Wirral West from 2010 until her defeat in 2015, and was Minister of State for Employment from 2013 to 2015.
In February 2014 McVey was appointed a Privy Councillor and, in July 2014, was accorded the further privilege of attending Cabinet by the Prime Minister. She had previously served HM Government as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Disabled People (2012–13).
Early life and career
McVey, of Irish Catholic descent, was born in Liverpool and educated at the Belvedere School, before reading Law at Queen Mary College (LLB) and Radio Journalism at City University (MA). In July 2009, McVey graduated with the degree of MSc (with Distinction) in Corporate Governance from Liverpool John Moores University, and also won the North of England Excellence Award for her work.
From 2000 to 2006, McVey was a director of her Liverpool-based family construction business "J. G. McVey & Co." (run by her father) which specialised in demolition and site clearance, land reclamation and regeneration.
McVey returned to the family business after university, while undertaking a postgraduate course in Radio Journalism at City University, before embarking on a career in the media, both as a presenter and producer. McVey was a co-presenter of the summer holiday Children's BBC strand But First This in 1991, and has subsequently presented and produced a wide range of programmes, co-hosting GMTV, BBC1's science entertainment series How Do They Do That?, 5's Company, The Heaven and Earth Show, Shopping City, BBC2's youth current affairs programme Reportage, and Channel 4's legal series Nothing But The Truth with Ann Widdecombe. McVey has debated at the Oxford Union and took part in Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues at the Empire Theatre, Liverpool.
McVey returned to Liverpool and set up her own business, "Making It (UK) Ltd", which provides training for small and medium enterprises, as well as providing office space for new startup businesses which led to her founding "Winning Women", supported by funding from the North West Regional Development Agency.
A supporter of Conservative Way Forward, McVey was selected to stand as the Conservative Party candidate in the 2005 general election for the Wirral West constituency, losing to the sitting Labour MP Stephen Hesford by 1,097 votes.
In January 2008, McVey agreed an out-of-court settlement to pay Hesford £6,500 in damages and legal costs after a member of her team published on her blog an article by The Mail on Sunday stating that the MP was planning to take part in what was described as a cricket "junket" to Australia and New Zealand. Hesford had intended to go on the tour and had paid a substantial deposit, but later cancelled.
In the 2010 general election, McVey won the seat of Wirral West, with 42.5% of the votes cast, beating Labour's Phil Davies by 2,436 votes. In 2010, McVey was Parliamentary Private Secretary to then-Employment Minister Chris Grayling From September 2012 to October 2013, she was Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Work and Pensions.
In 2013, she stood down from her governmental health and safety responsibilities after it emerged she had been director of a demolition firm served with two prohibition notices.
At his 7 October 2013 reshuffle, Cameron appointed her Minister of State for Employment in the Department for Work and Pensions. McVey was sworn into the Privy Council on 27 February 2014. She stresses the importance of the work ethic and discourages laziness and idleness as social evils.
On 15 April 2014, McVey was criticised by social media users for attacking the Wirral Labour Group in a tweet published at the time a memorial service for the Hillsborough disaster was being held at Anfield Stadium. Later, in a radio interview with BBC Radio Merseyside, she expressed regret over the mistiming of her communication; McVey stated that she did not personally send the tweet.
McVey lives in West Kirby, and when in London shares a flat with fellow Conservative parliamentarian, Philip Davies MP. Currently single, she was previously connected with BBC producer Mal Young and fellow Conservative MP Ed Vaizey.
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|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Wirral West
|Undersecretary of State for Disabilities
as Minister of State for Disabilities
|Minister of State for Employment