Amanda Milling

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Amanda Milling
MP
Official portrait of Amanda Milling crop 2.jpg
Assistant Government Whip
Assumed office
9 January 2018
Prime Minister Theresa May
Chief Whip Julian Smith
Member of Parliament
for Cannock Chase
Assumed office
8 May 2015
Preceded by Aidan Burley
Majority 8,391 (17.5%)
Personal details
Born (1975-03-12) 12 March 1975 (age 43)
Burton upon Trent, England
Political party Conservative
Alma mater University College London
Website Official website
Amanda Milling MP with the mascot of Hednesford Town FC.

Amanda Anne Milling (born 12 March 1975) is a British Conservative Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Cannock Chase since the 2015 general election. She currently serves as an Assistant Government Whip.

Early life[edit]

Milling was born on the 12 March 1975 in Burton upon Trent and lived there until leaving home. She was privately educated at Moreton Hall School and studied Economics and Statistics at University College London, graduating in 1997.[1]

Political career[edit]

Milling was first elected as a councillor for the Helmshore ward on Rossendale Borough Council in Lancashire in 2009, rising to become deputy group leader. She resigned her seat in 2014 after she was selected as the Conservative candidiate for the seat of Cannock Chase.[2] The existing Conservative MP, Aidan Burley, did not re-stand for election after a series of controversies. Milling relocated to Staffordshire and was subsequently elected with an increased majority on 8 May 2015.

In May 2016, it emerged that Milling was one of a number of Conservative MPs being investigated by police in the United Kingdom general election, 2015 party spending investigation, for allegedly spending more than the legal limit on constituency election campaign expenses.[3] However, in May 2017, the Crown Prosecution Service said that while there was evidence of inaccurate spending returns, it did not "meet the test" for further action.[4]

Since becoming a Member of Parliament, Milling has served on the Consolidation Bills (Joint Committee), Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee,[5] the Committee for Arms Export Controls and the Education, Skills and Economy Sub-Committee until October 2016, following government departmental changes. As part of her work on these committees, Milling has taken part in some high-profile parliamentary enquiries, including the collapse of BHS[6] and the working practices at Sports Direct.[7]

Following the Government Departmental changes she served on the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee.[8] Milling has also served on several Bill Committees including the Welfare Reform[9] and Policing and Crime Bill[10] Committees until the 2017 General Election.

In the Cannock Chase constituency Milling has been an active campaigner relating to all the issues that have come about from the closure of the Rugeley B Power Station[11] and the delivery of the Chase Line electrification project,[12] overcrowding on the Chase Line and supporting young people into work.[13]

Milling supports a wide variety of local groups, organisations and local charities including The Royal British Legion, the Rotary Clubs, the Lions Clubs and Soroptimists, Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children and The Hibbs Lupus Trust.[14]

Milling was opposed to Brexit prior to the 2016 referendum,[15] although she did not campaign for the remain side during the referendum. She has since supported the triggering of Article 50 in all Parliamentary votes.[16]

In the 2017 general election, she was re-elected with an increased majority of 8,391. She received 55% of the vote, compared to 44.2% in 2015.[17]

She was made an assistant government whip during the reshuffle on 9 January 2018.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Politicos Guide to the New House of Commons 2015. Tim Carr, Iain Dale, and Robert Waller (Eds.). June 2015.
  2. ^ Dan O'Donoghue (1 September 2014). "By-election due to be held after councillor steps down". Rossendale Free Press. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Election Expenses Exposed". Channel 4 News. 23 June 2016. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  4. ^ "No charges over 2015 Conservative battle bus cases". BBC. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Business, Innovation and Skills Committee". UK Parliament. Archived from the original on 21 August 2016. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
  6. ^ "BHS Inquiry Committee – membership". UK Parliament. Archived from the original on 22 August 2016. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
  7. ^ "House of Commons – Employment practices at Sports Direct – Business, Innovation and Skills Committee". www.publications.parliament.uk. Archived from the original on 17 September 2016. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
  8. ^ "Amanda Milling MP". UK Parliament. Archived from the original on 17 November 2016. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  9. ^ "House of Commons Public Bill Committee on the Welfare Reform and Work Bill 2015–16 — UK Parliament". services.parliament.uk. Archived from the original on 17 September 2016. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
  10. ^ "House of Commons Public Bill Committee : Policing and Crime Bill (15 March 2016)". www.publications.parliament.uk. Archived from the original on 17 September 2016. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
  11. ^ "Statement on Rugeley Power Station". Amanda Milling. Archived from the original on 17 September 2016. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
  12. ^ "MP wants solution to Chase Line rail problems « Express & Star". www.expressandstar.com. Archived from the original on 15 September 2016. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
  13. ^ "Cannock Chase MP Holds First Jobs Fair". Amanda Milling. Archived from the original on 17 September 2016. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
  14. ^ "Amanda Milling website". Archived from the original on 17 September 2016.
  15. ^ Goodenough, Tom (16 February 2016). "Which Tory MPs back Brexit, who doesn't and who is still on the fence?". The Spectator. Archived from the original on 22 October 2016. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  16. ^ "Cannock Chase has spoken and I will... – Amanda Milling, MP for Cannock Chase | Facebook". www.facebook.com. Archived from the original on 26 November 2017. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  17. ^ "Cannock Chase parliamentary constituency – Election 2017". BBC News. Archived from the original on 20 May 2017. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  18. ^ correspondent, Peter Walker Political (9 January 2018). "Theresa May's junior ministerial reshuffle: who's in and who's out". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 9 January 2018.

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Aidan Burley
Member of Parliament
for Cannock Chase

2015–present
Incumbent