|Member of Parliament
for Suffolk Coastal
6 May 2010
|Preceded by||John Gummer|
18 November 1971 |
Billinge, Lancashire, England
|Alma mater||Somerville College, University of Oxford|
Therese Anne Coffey, Ph.D, (born 18 November 1971) is an English Conservative Party politician. She is the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Suffolk Coastal constituency, having won the seat at the general election in May 2010.
Early life and career
Therese Coffey was born in Billinge, near Wigan, and grew up in Liverpool. Therese attended St Mary's College, Crosby and St Edward's College, Liverpool. She studied at Somerville College, Oxford, followed by University College London where she earned a PhD in Chemistry
On graduation in 1997 she joined Mars, Incorporated in Hampshire as a chemist, later training as a Chartered Management Accountant, rising to hold the position of Finance director for Mars Drinks UK.[when?] As her political career progressed, she moved her work base to London, holding the position of Property Finance manager at the BBC in 2009.
In European Parliament elections in June 2004, she failed to be elected to the European Parliament for the South East region of England. The Conservative party won 35.2% of the vote giving them 4 seats, but Coffey was 7th on the list in this proportional representation system.
At the next European elections, in 2009 then living in Andover, Hampshire, she missed out by one place on being elected to the European Parliament for the South East region. The Conservative Party won 34.79% of the vote giving them 4 seats, but Coffey was fifth on the party list.
- General Election - local selection as candidate
In October 2009, in her first open primary she failed to become the Conservative candidate for South West Norfolk constituency, losing to Elizabeth Truss. Similarly, three months later she lost out in Spelthorne, in Surrey to Kwasi Kwarteng.
After being selected on 6 February 2010 to as Conservative candidate in Suffolk Coastal, Coffey moved from Hampshire to Westleton. Rev David Miller, the vice-chairman of the local Liberal Democrats raised questions over the status of her residency there claiming that "The address at which Ms Coffey currently resides is a holiday let" with reference to her Westleton property. She owns a flat and partly owns a house, both in Hampshire, and has the tenancy of a house in Westleton.
At the general election on 6 May 2010 she won the Suffolk Coastal seat, becoming the constituency's first female member of parliament. Coffey received 25,475 votes (46.4% of the vote) an increase of 1.8% on John Gummer's 2005 campaign. She is a supporter of the Free Enterprise Group.
- Initial response to phone hacking investigations and subsequent position
On 6 July 2011, Coffey defended Rebekah Brooks in the News of the World phone-hacking scandal. Coffey said a "witch hunt" was developing against Brooks. She said that simply to say she was editor at the time is not enough evidence against her. There were loud groans in the House of Commons as she said Brooks's own phone was thought to have been tapped and ...the problems were not "unique to one news group". She became a member of the Culture, Media and Sports Select Committee inquiry into the hacking scandal in 2012. In that committee, she declined to support any motions critical of Rupert and James Murdoch. However she later joined the majority of her party in voting for exemplary damages to be a default consequence to deter press misbehaviour.
An avid football fan, she supports Liverpool F.C., signing the Early Day Motion set down by Labour Liverpool Walton MP Steve Rotheram, requesting a knighthood for Kenny Dalglish. She also enjoys watching England at the new Wembley stadium.
- "Therese Coffey MP". BBC Democracy Live. BBC. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
- Who's Who, 2012
- Biodata on Coffey
- Curzon Supper Club blogsite
- "Polictics section Therese Coffey: Electoral history and profile". The Guardian.
- The Telegraph European elections 2009 South East region
- Conservative Party blogsite
- Sam Blackledge (20 January 2010). "Candidates prepare to fight for Spelthorne MP seat". getsurrey.co.uk (Surrey Advertiser).
- Staines News 25/1/2010
- Biodata on Coffey, ibid.
- West Sussex Conservatives website
- Conservative Party blogsite
- Evening Star
- Property holdings
- BBC Election Results
- Free Enterprise Group
- The Guardian 2 May 2012
- The Public Whip Retrieved 2013-03-26
- "Commons call for Kenny Dalglish knighthood". BBC News. 27 April 2011. Retrieved 27 April 2011.
- ThereseCoffeyMP.com constituency website
- ThereseCoffey.com political blog
- Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
- 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
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