Anne Marie Morris

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Anne Marie Morris
Member of Parliament
for Newton Abbot
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by none (seat created)
Majority 11.288 (23.4%)
Personal details
Born (1957-07-05) 5 July 1957 (age 59)
London, England,[1] United Kingdom
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Alma mater Hertford College, Oxford

Anne Marie Morris (born 5 July 1957, London)[2] is a British Conservative Party politician, who was elected at the 2010 general election as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Newton Abbot.

Early life[edit]

Morris was born in 1957 and was educated at Bryanston School, Dorset. She then studied law at Oxford University, before pursuing a legal career. She later moved into the field of marketing, working for several firms, before setting up her own business. She also studied and gained an MBA from the Open University. Her move into politics came after her step-father suffered a heart attack and ended up on a trolley in a hospital corridor. It was this that brought about Morris's desire to campaign for change in the NHS.


West Sussex County Council[edit]

Morris was elected as a County Councillor on West Sussex County Council for the division of Cuckfield & Lucastes in 2005 and went on the chair the Council's Health Scrutiny Committee.

Member of Parliament[edit]

In 2006 Morris was selected by the local Conservative Party association to contest the Newton Abbot parliamentary constituency.[3]

In the 2010 general election Morris was elected to the seat of Newton Abbot on a 5% swing from the Liberal Democrats, In a close contest she defeated the incumbent, Richard Younger-Ross, by 523 votes.

Morris attracted attention during Prime Minister's Questions in July 2012 as she shouted a long question on technical colleges in Devon over a noisy and increasingly amused Commons chamber, whilst waving a left arm held in a sling. Video of her "high-pitched outburst" was widely circulated on social media.[4] Morris said she cared about the issue raised and would "always speak passionately about issues in my constituency"[4]

In 2013 she was one of 30 Conservative rebels whose votes helped defeat the government's plans for military action in Syria.[5] She later said she made the decision because the military action plans "felt ill-thought through and smacked of regime change", but supported plans for air strikes against ISIL[6]

Political interests[edit]

Morris is actively interested in small businesses, and co-chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Micro Businesses.[7] In Newton Abbot she has established Teignbridge Business Buddies, a scheme that offers support to small businesses.[8]


  1. ^ "Who's Who". Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Newton Abbot Academy Trust". Dellam Corporate Information. 1 August 2011. Retrieved 20 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "ConservativeHome's Seats & Candidates blog: Anne-Marie Morris adopted for Newton Abbot". 2 December 2006. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Prince, Rosa (11 July 2012). "PMQs: Anne Marie Morris has MPs in stitches with her high-pitched Commons outburst". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "MPs who voted against the Syria motion: the full list". New Statesman. 30 August 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "Ann Marie Supports Air Strikes". Anne Marie Morris. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "House of Commons – Register of All-Party Groups as at 15 June 2012: Micro Businesses". Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "Business buddy scheme launched by MP". Western Morning News. 8 March 2011. Retrieved 12 July 2016. 

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Richard Younger-Ross
Member of Parliament for Newton Abbot