Amanda Solloway

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Amanda Solloway

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Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Assumed office
14 February 2020
Prime MinisterBoris Johnson
Member of Parliament
for Derby North
Assumed office
12 December 2019
Preceded byChris Williamson
Majority2,540 (5.4%)
In office
7 May 2015 – 3 May 2017
Preceded byChris Williamson
Succeeded byChris Williamson
Personal details
Born (1961-06-06) 6 June 1961 (age 58)
Nottingham, England
Political partyConservative
WebsiteOfficial website

Amanda Jane Solloway (born 6 June 1961)[1] is a British Conservative Party politician. She has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Derby North since December 2019, having previously served from May 2015 to June 2017.

Early life and education[edit]

Solloway was born Amanda Jane Edghill in Nottingham. She has a younger sister and brother.[citation needed]

She was educated at Bramcote Hills Grammar School at Bramcote, Broxtowe, Nottinghamshire,[2] which became comprehensive in 1978, and is now is part of Bramcote Hills Sport and Community College.

Parliamentary career[edit]

Solloway way elected in the 2015 general election for the Derby North Constituency , with a majority of 41 votes, unseating the incumbent Labour MP Chris Williamson who had been the MP for Derby North since 2010. She became a Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Minister of State for the Department of International Development.[3]

She was opposed to Brexit prior to the 2016 referendum.[4]

Solloway has been a campaigner on mental health and homelessness issues in Derby North and in Parliament.[5] She was one of three parliamentary champions for HS2, the high-speed rail network which is intended to be built between London and the north.[6]

Solloway lost her seat in the 2017 General Election in a rematch with Williamson;[7] a night where Labour made gains across the United Kingdom. She continued to be active in Derby North, including in the 2018 Derby City Council election and 2019 Derby City Council election, where the Conservatives made gains in wards in the Derby North Constituency.

Solloway regained Derby North from the Conservatives in the 2019 general election with a majority of 2,540, with Williamson a distant sixth place.[8]

On the 14th of February 2020, she was appointed as a Parliamentary under Secretary of State at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy[9] by Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Other work[edit]

Solloway spent 15 years in retail management with J Sainsbury and a further 15 years within HR across the Not for Profit (Help the Aged and Save the Children) and Private Sector (Baird Clothing Group) supporting Manufacturing, Warehousing and Retail.[10][11]

Personal life[edit]

Solloway lives in Borrowash in Erewash, Derbyshire. She married Robert Solloway in 1983 in Basford, Nottinghamshire;[12] the couple have two daughters.

Solloway is patron of the Friends Of The Baby Unit at Royal Derby Hospital.[13] She ran the London marathon, in 2016 and 2017, and, in doing so, raised money for the Royal Derby Hospital baby unit.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://data.parliament.uk/membersdataplatform/services/mnis/members/query/House=Commons%7CIsEligible=true/
  2. ^ 'SOLLOWAY, Amanda Jane', Who's Who 2016, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2016; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2015
  3. ^ "About me". Amanda Solloway. Archived from the original on 19 April 2017.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ "Amanda Solloway: We need to tackle mental health issues head on". Derby Telegraph. 21 August 2015. Archived from the original on 26 September 2015. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Amanda Solloway appointed HS2 Ambassador". Amanda Solloway MP. Archived from the original on 22 April 2017. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  7. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-2017-40209957
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 14 December 2019. Retrieved 14 December 2019.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ https://www.gov.uk/government/ministers/parliamentary-under-secretary-of-state--130
  10. ^ "Amanda Solloway, former MP, Derby North – TheyWorkForYou". TheyWorkForYou. Archived from the original on 19 April 2017.
  11. ^ "Baird Group / Contact". www.bmb-clothing.co.uk. Archived from the original on 15 January 2017.
  12. ^ "Resign now, victims tell MP in debt firm scandal". Archived from the original on 14 March 2016.
  13. ^ "FOBU is delighted to announce MP Amanda Solloway as Patron – Friends of the Baby Unit Derby". www.fobuderby.co.uk. Archived from the original on 25 April 2017. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
  14. ^ "Derby MP Amanda Solloway completes London Marathon". Derby Telegraph. 23 April 2017. Retrieved 24 April 2017.[permanent dead link]

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Chris Williamson
Member of Parliament
for Derby North

20152017
Succeeded by
Chris Williamson
Preceded by
Chris Williamson
Member of Parliament
for Derby North

2019–present
Incumbent