Anne Milton

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The Right Honourable
Anne Milton
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Minister of State for Skills and Apprenticeships
Assumed office
12 June 2017
Prime Minister Theresa May
Sec. of State Justine Greening
Preceded by Robert Halfon
Minister for Women
Assumed office
12 June 2017
Prime Minister Theresa May
Preceded by Nicky Morgan (2014)
Deputy Chief Government Whip
Treasurer of the Household
In office
11 May 2015 – 12 June 2017
Prime Minister David Cameron
Theresa May
Preceded by Greg Hands
Succeeded by Julian Smith
Vice-Chamberlain of the Household
In office
14 July 2014 – 11 May 2015
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Desmond Swayne
Succeeded by Kris Hopkins
Lord Commissioner of the Treasury
In office
4 September 2012 – 14 July 2014
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Angela Watkinson
Succeeded by Gavin Barwell
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health
In office
11 May 2010 – 4 September 2012
Prime Minister David Cameron
Sec. of State Andrew Lansley
Preceded by Gillian Merron (Minister of State)
Succeeded by Anna Soubry
Member of Parliament
for Guildford
Assumed office
5 May 2005
Preceded by Sue Doughty
Majority 17,040 (30.7%)
Personal details
Born (1955-11-03) 3 November 1955 (age 61)
Cuckfield, England
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Neil Milton (Divorced)
Graham Henderson (2000–present)
Children 4
Alma mater Central Sussex College
City University

Anne Frances Milton (née Turner; born 3 November 1955) is a British Conservative Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Guildford since 2005. Milton was appointed Minister of State responsible for Skills and Apprenticeships at the Department for Education, and Minister of State for Women in the Government Equalities Office, in June 2017. She was previously the Deputy Chief Government Whip in the House of Commons,[1]

After service on the Health Select Committee, in November 2006 Milton was appointed Shadow Minister for Tourism.[2] In July 2007, she was appointed Shadow Health Minister.[3] In 2010, she was appointed as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health as part of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government.[4] As a result of a ministerial reshuffle in September 2012, Milton was appointed a Government Whip and Lord Commissioner of the Treasury.

Early life and career[edit]

Milton was educated at Haywards Heath Grammar School (now Central Sussex College Sixth Form Campus in 2005) in West Sussex. She trained as a nurse at St Bartholomew's Hospital in London and worked for the NHS for 25 years, as a District Nurse and for people requiring palliative care.[5]

Milton was a councillor in the Borough of Reigate and Banstead 1999–2004 and led the Conservative Group on the council. She was a member of the South East England Regional Assembly and Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Medical Society. She applied to go on the Conservative Party's list of Parliamentary candidates in 1999, and was rated highly by the party. In the selection for Bexhill and Battle in August 2000 and at Bridgwater, she was among the three finalists but lost out narrowly and did not find another seat for the 2001 general election.

Parliamentary career[edit]

In 2002, Milton was selected for Guildford, a seat which the Conservatives had unexpectedly lost in 2001 to the Liberal Democrat Sue Doughty with the constituency becoming a marginal. She was elected as the MP for Guildford at the 2005 general election. Milton won by just 347 votes, after two recounts.

Milton speaking at a Health Hotel session on the credit crunch and public health during the 2009 Conservative Party Conference.

Once in Parliament, she was appointed to the Health Select Committee, serving until December 2006, following her appointment as Shadow Minister for Tourism. She announced her backing for David Cameron in the Conservative Party leadership election on 11 October 2005, becoming the 29th Conservative MP to support him. She offered herself as a candidate for the 1922 Committee executive in January 2006 but was not elected. In February 2006, Milton was among a minority of Conservative MPs to oppose exceptions for private clubs from the proposed Smoking ban in England.[6] Milton had previously announced her opposition to a partial ban, stating it was "the worst possible solution".[7] In summer 2007 David Cameron appointed her Shadow Minister for Health.

Milton emerged well from the 2009 MPs expenses scandal, being deemed a Daily Telegraph "saint" for not claiming any money for her second home despite her constituency being 30 miles from Westminster.[8] Milton retained her seat in the 2010 general election, increasing her majority to 14 per cent.

In July 2010, Milton suggested that doctors should describe obese patients as 'fat' to encourage them to take responsibility for their condition. This was criticised by campaigners who pointed out that a clinical definition was being replaced with a subjective, pejorative term.[9]

In March 2015, she was appointed to the Privy Council of the United Kingdom and therefore granted the title The Right Honourable.[10]

Private life[edit]

She married Neil Milton in 1979 in Haywards Heath; the couple later divorced. Her current husband, Dr Graham Henderson, whom she married in February 2000 in Surrey, works in the NHS in community medicine and is Director of Public Health for the East Surrey PCT. She has four children, including a son born in July 1987 and a daughter born in August 1993.


  1. ^ [1] Evening Standard (12 June 2017). Retrieved 12 June 2017.
  2. ^ Jenkin axed in Cameron reshuffle. BBC News (8 November 2006). Retrieved on 13 March 2012.
  3. ^ Guildford | Conservatives. Retrieved on 13 March 2012.
  4. ^ Her Majesty’s Government Archived 17 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine.. Number 10 (19 May 2010). Retrieved on 13 March 2012.
  5. ^ "Five Nurses take seats in the House of Commons". NursingNotes. 13 June 2017. Retrieved 20 June 2017. 
  6. ^ In full: How MPs voted,, 14 February 2006
  7. ^ Ben Russell, "Partial smoking ban would be 'unfair and unworkable'", The Independent, 20 December 2005
  8. ^ "The Complete Expenses Files". Daily Telegraph. 20 June 2009. p. 47. Retrieved 28 November 2010. 
  9. ^ Randeep Ramdesh, "'Doctors should tell people they are fat, not obese, minister says'", The Guardian, 28 July 2010
  10. ^ "Privy Council appointments: March 2015". Press release. Prime Minister's Office. 12 March 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2015. 

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Preceded by
Sue Doughty
Member of Parliament for Guildford
Political offices
Preceded by
Don Foster
Greg Hands
Deputy Chief Whip of the House of Commons
Preceded by
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Treasurer of the Household