|Willott during the 2009 Liberal Democrat Party Conference|
|Assistant Government Whip|
3 February 2012
|Prime Minister||David Cameron|
|Preceded by||Norman Lamb|
|Member of Parliament
for Cardiff Central
5 May 2005
|Preceded by||Jon Owen Jones|
29 May 1974 |
Wimbledon, Merton, London, England
|Political party||Welsh Liberal Democrats|
|Alma mater||Durham University
London School of Economics
Jennifer Nancy Willott (born 29 May 1974, Wimbledon, London) is a British politician and the Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Cardiff Central since the 2005 general election and a junior whip since February 2012. From December 2013, she was a minister in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills whilst Jo Swinson was on maternity leave and in 2014 she attended the Cabinet in her capacity as Minister for Women. She is the first woman and first Liberal Democrat to represent her seat. Willott has a history of work with charitable organisations such as OXFAM and a women's organisation in north India. She supports the movement of trade justice and has interests in human rights. She was a councillor in the London Borough of Merton from 1998 to 2000.
Willott was educated at Uppingham School and then studied Classics at St Mary's College, Durham University. She then attended the London School of Economics obtaining an MSc in Development Studies.
For a while after university she was chief researcher for Lembit Opik.
Willott's 2005 campaign was closely linked to specific local and national issues and her support was widespread across all wards.
In her maiden speech, Willott pledged to "make Cardiff proud" and celebrated the cultural diversity of her constituency. She declared her priorities in parliament would be local health services, tuition and top-up fees, and council tax. She supported Sir Menzies Campbell in the leadership election in 2006, and was later appointed Shadow Minister for Youth Affairs, Whip, and Deputy Chief Whip. In 2008 she was appointed as Shadow Minister for Justice and later Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. In January 2009 she was appointed Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. In December 2010 she resigned her post as parliamentary aide to Chris Huhne shortly before a vote to increase tuition fees as recommended by the Browne Review, in order to keep her pledge to constituents that she would vote against any increase in fees.
In May 2014 Willott complained about the hostile atmosphere of prime minister's questions and the low number of female ministers. She called for all-female shortlists for MPs, something which is not party policy.
Willott was subject to criticism from rival political parties and the media in the wake of the expenses scandal, as it emerged she claimed more in expenses than any Welsh MP. She added over £57,000 to her salary in a year, including claims for a new flat and a four poster bed. 
Willott also came under sustained pressure from political opponents over her support for the bedroom tax. A protest outside her Cardiff office about the issue led to her not going in for the day.
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- Jenny Willott's maiden speech TheyWorkForYou.com, 26 May 2006
- My Biography, Jenny Willott MP
- "Lib Dems quit government to oppose tuition fees rise". BBC News. 9 December 2010. Retrieved 9 December 2010.
- "Press notice: New Ministerial Appointments". Number10.gov.uk. 3 February 2012.
- "Equalities minister decries male-led Westminster and 'hateful' PMQs". 8 May 2014. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
- WILLOTT, Jennifer Nancy Who's Who 2012, A & C Black, 2012; online edn, Oxford University Press online edn Nov 2011 accessed 31 March 2012
- Morning Star November 2013, accessed 23 July 2014
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- Jenny Willott MP official constituency website
- Profile at the Liberal Democrats
- Profile at the Welsh Liberal Democrats
- Cardiff Liberal Democrats
- Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
- Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 1803–2005
- Current session contributions in Parliament at Hansard
- Electoral history and profile at The Guardian
- Voting record at Public Whip
- Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou
- Profile at Westminster Parliamentary Record
- Profile at BBC News Democracy Live
- Meet the MP: Jenny Willott BBC News, 20 December 2005
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
Jon Owen Jones
|Member of Parliament for Cardiff Central