Mary Macleod

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Mary Macleod
Member of Parliament
for Brentford and Isleworth
Incumbent
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Ann Keen
Majority 1,958 (3.6%)
Personal details
Born (1969-01-04) 4 January 1969 (age 46)[1][2]
London, England
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Residence Chiswick
Alma mater University of Glasgow
Occupation Business Consultant
Profession Politician
Website MaryMacleod.com

Mary Macleod (born 4 January 1969) is a British Conservative Party politician, who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Brentford and Isleworth since the 2010 general election. After a career in business consulting, she was a policy advisor to Queen Elizabeth II.[3][4]

Early life[edit]

Born in London to Scottish parents, her father was a Scottish Presbyterian minister. She has lived for many years in Chiswick. She graduated from University of Glasgow.[4] Degree unknown.[5]

She lives within her constituency in Chiswick, and enjoys sport, music, travel and art.[3]

Career[edit]

On graduation, she joined Andersen Consulting and then Accenture, spending 20 years in business consulting working with large multinationals to help transform their business and develop their leaders.[3][4] She was Chief of Staff and Chief Operating Officer for Group Operations at ABN AMRO, and then Group Communications Head of Transition at Royal Bank of Scotland.[3][4]

Before her election, she was an Ambassador for ActionAid, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and served as policy advisor to The Queen and the Royal Household at Buckingham Palace, advising on public relations, communications and strategic change within the monarchy.[3][4]

Political career[edit]

Having unsuccessfully contested Ross, Skye and Inverness West at the 1997 general election, Macleod was elected as the Member of Parliament for Brentford & Isleworth on 7 May 2010.[3][4]

From May 2010, she served on the Home Affairs Select Committee. In September 2010 she was appointment as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Rt Hon. Nick Herbert MP, Minister of State for Policing and Criminal Justice. She set up the All Party Parliamentary Group for Women in Parliament, and joined the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme as a Squadron Leader in the Royal Air Force. In September 2013, Macleod was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the new Culture Secretary, Maria Miller.[3][4]

She is the primary supporter in the House of Commons for the Equality (Titles) Bill, dubbed the "Downton Abbey Law", which seeks to abolish male only primogeniture in the Peerages.

In April 2014 Macleod accused the media of a "witch hunt" against her boss, Maria Miller, who was the subject of criticism for over-claiming expenses and failing to cooperate with the enquiry.[6] However, the next day Miller resigned.[7]

In July 2014 she said there was a "bullying culture" in the House of Commons and the behaviour of many male MPs was "off-putting to most women."[8] Speaking in advance of the publishing of an report into female representation in Parliament, she suggested that reprimands from the Speaker for misbehaving MPs were "counter-effective", with some of them enjoying the attention.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MacLeod Consulting Group Limited". Dellam Corporate Information. 21 March 2011. Retrieved 20 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Register of Members' Financial Interests as at 6th September 2010: Part 1: MacLeod, Mary (Brentford and Isleworth)". House of Commons. 20 October 2010. Retrieved 20 November 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Biography". Mary MacLeod MP. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Mary MacLeod ?MP". Brentford and Isleworth Conservatives. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "Westminster Parliamentary Record". 
  6. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-26933268
  7. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-26951464
  8. ^ Sanghani, Radhika (14 July 2014). "Bullying MPs enjoy being 'named and shamed' in Parliament, says woman MP". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 5 April 2015. 

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Ann Keen
Member of Parliament for Brentford and Isleworth
2010–present
Incumbent