Angela Frances Browning, Baroness Browning (née Pearson; born 4 December 1946) is a British Conservative Party politician. She was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Tiverton and Honiton from 1997 to 2010, having previously been MP for Tiverton from 1992 to 1997.
Born Angela Frances Pearson in Reading, Berkshire, her father was a lab technician at the University of Reading. She was educated at the Westwood Grammar School for Girls (a grammar school, now called Prospect School) on Honey End Lane in Reading, University of West London, and the Bournemouth College of Technology.
She became a Home Economics tutor in adult education from 1968 until 1974. She was an auxiliary nurse for a year in 1976. She was appointed as a sales and training manager with GEC Hotpoint in 1977. In 1985 she became a self-employed management consultant and also became Director of the Small Business Bureau until 1994. From 1988–92, she was the Chairman of Women into Business.
Browning contested Crewe and Nantwich at the 1987 general election but was narrowly defeated by the veteran Labour MP Gwyneth Dunwoody by just 1,092 votes. She was selected for the safe Conservative seat of Tiverton following the retirement of Robin Maxwell-Hyslop, who had represented the seat for 32 years. She held the seat comfortably at the 1992 general election with a majority of 11,089. She made her maiden speech on 12 June 1992.
After her election, Browning became a Member of the Agriculture Select Committee in 1992. She was appointed the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister of State at the Department for Education and Employment Michael Forsyth in 1993. Also in 1993 she became the President of the National Autistic Society. She entered John Major's government in 1994 when she became a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, where she remained until the Major government fell. She became a vice president of the National Alzheimer's Disease Society in 1997.
Her Tiverton seat was abolished, but she won the nomination for the newly drawn Tiverton and Honiton seat which she contested at the 1997 general election. She won the new seat with a majority of 1,653.
After John Major resigned from the Leadership of the Conservative Party she ran the John Redwood campaign team. She was appointed as an opposition spokeswoman on Education and Employment under William Hague but she stepped down in 1998 to look after her autistic adult son, Robin. However, Hague brought her back in 1999 and she entered the Shadow Cabinet as the Shadow Trade and Industry Secretary, and in 2000 was the Shadow Leader of the House of Commons. After the 2001 general election she was briefly an opposition spokesperson on Constitutional Affairs, before becoming the Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party 2000–04.
In the 2005 general election, Browning increased her majority to 11,051; almost the majority of the original Tiverton seat she took in 1992.
She was a Member of both the Public Accounts and Standards and Privileges Select Committees.
House of Lords
On 11 May 2011, it was announced that Lady Browning would replace James Brokenshire as the Minister for Crime Prevention and Anti-Social Behaviour Reduction in the coalition government following the resignation of Lady Neville-Jones as Security Minister. Lady Browning also became the Home Office Minister of State in the House of Lords, making her the lead for all Home Office business in the Upper House.
She married David Browning on 6 January 1968 in Bournemouth. They have two sons.
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- Johnson, Wesley (12 May 2011). "James Brokenshire takes on security role". Independent (London). Retrieved 12 May 2010.
- "New crime and security minister". Home Office. UK Government. 11 May 2011. Retrieved 12 May 2011.
- Mulholland, Helene (16 September 2011). "Lady Browning steps down as crime prevention minister". London: Guardian. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
- Home Office: New Lords minister at Home Office
- Johnson, Wesley (16 September 2011). "Baroness Browning steps down". London: Independent. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Angela Browning
- Official Website
- ePolitix – Angela Browning MP
- Guardian Unlimited Politics – Ask Aristotle: Angela Browning MP
- TheyWorkForYou.com – Angela Browning MP
- Blakes Parliamentary Yearbook
- Tiverton and Honiton Conservative Association
- The Public Whip – Angela Browning MP voting record
- BBC News Profile – Angela Browning
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