|Willott during the 2009 Liberal Democrat Party Conference|
|Assistant Government Whip|
3 February 2012 – 4 November 2014
|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) is a British politician and the Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Cardiff Central since the 2005 general election. Willott became a junior minister in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Government Equalities Office in December 2013, temporarily standing in for Jo Swinson while she was on maternity leave. She is the first woman and first Liberal Democrat to represent her seat. She was a councillor in the London Borough of Merton from 1998 to 2000.
Willott was born in Wimbledon, London. She was educated at the independent Uppingham School, which currently (2014-15) charges £10,950 a term in school fees for boarders. She then studied Classics at St Mary's College, Durham University. and 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.
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. Her political opponents accused her of being granted permission to vote against the measure by Nick Clegg, as her constituency contains a high number of students. This claim is said to be backed up by her swift promotion to government after her rebellion.
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. 
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- Uppingham School - fees section, accessed 4 November 2015
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- My Biography, Jenny Willott MP
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- "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
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Jenny Willott.|
- 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