|Member of Parliament
for South East Cornwall
6 May 2010
|Preceded by||Colin Breed|
4 February 1956 |
Millbrook, Cornwall, England
|Spouse(s)||Neil Murray (deceased);
|Residence||Millbrook, near Torpoint|
Sheryll Murray (born 4 February 1956, Millbrook, Cornwall, United Kingdom) is a Conservative Party politician. She has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for South East Cornwall at Westminster since the 2010 General Election.
Born Sheryll Hickman at Millbrook, Cornwall, to Cornish parents, her mother's family lived at Millbrook and her father's family originated from Calstock. She attended Millbrook Primary and Torpoint Comprehensive Schools, before embarking on a career in the insurance industry. She served as a Governor of Torpoint School for nine years until 2008, before standing down to concentrate on campaigning for the forthcoming general election.
Murray previously represented Rame as a Cornwall County Councillor and served as Leader of the Conservative Group on Caradon District Council, when a Councillor for Millbrook, prior to her election to Parliament.
Murray was selected to contest South East Cornwall in 2010 and won the seat with a majority of 3,220 and a 9% swing from the Liberal Democrats to the Conservatives. Murray is the constituency's first ever female MP. In July 2010 Murray opened her constituency office at Liskeard.
Also in May 2012, she came 12th in the private member's bill ballot. Her Bill, the Marine Navigation (No.2) Bill received Royal Assent as the Marine Navigation Act 2013 in April 2013. In May 2013, she came 4th in the ballot, and has introduced the Deep Sea Mining Bill for debate in the 2013–14 session.
She currently serves on the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee in the House of Commons.
Murray attracted controversy in July 2010 when, not long after entering Parliament, she was reported to have got drunk in the House of Commons terrace (restaurant and bar) and became rude to one of the Commons' Doorkeepers who had offered her help. The matter was widely reported in the local, national and international press. Murray stated that she did not believe her actions caused offence, but nonetheless the Tory Whips' Office issued an apology.
Sheryll Murray found herself embroiled in controversy after her cat was found to have amassed 30,000 votes overnight in an online beauty contest for the cats of politicians run by Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. On 10th February 2014, Murray's cat withdrew from the competition. A Battersea spokesperson said 'There have been a number of voting irregularities for all entries and that they would be carefully looking at how to run next years contest'
Murray has two children, Sally and Andrew, by her late husband, Cornish trawlerman Neil Murray, who died in a fishing accident on 24 March 2011. Neil did not return from a solo fishing trip from Looe on the evening of 24 March. The search by local fishermen and the emergency services eventually discovered his body on board his boat Our Boy Andrew.
- http://www.savebritfish.org.uk[dead link]
- "Result of the Private Members' Bill ballot: Session 2012–13". Parliament of the United Kingdom. 17 May 2012.
- "Deep Sea Mining Bill: Session 2013–14". Parliament of the United Kingdom. 19 June 2013.
- "I was too drunk to vote on Budget". Daily Mail. 11 July 2010. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
- "Newly Elected MP vows to give up drinking". Evening Herald. 13 July 2010. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
- "Ministerial cat elections for MPs’ pets rocked by ‘cheating’ claims". Metro. 10 February 2014. Retrieved 10 February 2014.
- "MP's husband, Neil Murray, dies in fishing accident over night". The Plymouth Herald. 25 March 2011.
- "Neil Murray husband of Cornwall MP dies on fishing trip". BBC News Online (BBC). 25 March 2011. Retrieved 25 March 2011.
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for South East Cornwall