Claire Perry at an event in Southampton, welcoming the arrival of the first Class 800 train.
|Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State
15 July 2014 – 14 July 2016
|Prime Minister||David Cameron|
|Preceded by||Stephen Hammond|
|Succeeded by||Paul Maynard|
|Member of Parliament
6 May 2010
|Preceded by||Michael Ancram|
3 April 1964 |
Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England
|Spouse(s)||Clayton Perry (divorced)|
|Children||two daughters, one son|
|Alma mater||Brasenose College, Oxford,
|Occupation||MP for Devizes|
The youngest of three children, Perry was raised in North Somerset. Perry was educated at Nailsea School and Brasenose College, Oxford, where she read Geography, graduating in 1985. She later obtained an MBA at Harvard University.
After joining the Conservative party in 2006, she worked for the Chancellor George Osborne. Perry was selected in November 2009 as a Conservative candidate to replace the outgoing Member for Devizes, Michael Ancram, in a safe seat for her party.
In October 2011 Perry was appointed as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Philip Hammond, the Secretary of State for Defence. Perry held this role until October 2013 when she assumed her new position as Government Assistant Whip. On 15 July 2014 and again in May 2015 Claire Perry was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, with responsibility for rail fares, rail franchising, freight and logistics and transport agencies. She resigned from this position on 14 July 2016 at the time of the reshuffle when Theresa May became Prime Minister, the day after saying in a debate she was "often ashamed to be the Rail Minister."
In June 2011, Perry presented a Private Members' Bill to Parliament calling for the Monday after Remembrance Sunday to be made a bank holiday. The Bill passed its first reading and was due to be debated again on 20 January 2012 but Perry withdrew the bill on 10 January.
Perry is in favour of a form of Internet censorship which will apply to all users unless they opt out of it. She considers that children should thereby be prevented from obtaining access to information and images which she believes they should not see.
In July 2013, Perry's website was targeted by hackers who "placed indecent images on the site". Perry used her official Twitter account to make accusations that the political blogger Paul Staines - known as Guido Fawkes - had sponsored the attack, while Staines himself threatened to sue her for libel if the claim was not removed.
After Internet filters started to be rolled out, news agencies reported that a wide range of non-pornographic websites were now being censored by UK ISPs as a result of false-positive results for blocked phrases, such as child-protection charities, women's charities, and gay rights groups. This list also reportedly includes Perry's own website, as a result of her frequent use of words such as "porn" and "sex" in web posts about her pro-censorship campaign.
Confusion over deficit vs debt
On 8 October 2012, Perry stated that the national debt and national deficit were the same thing on BBC Radio 5 Live. Reference to this confusion was later made by David Dimbleby, when introducing her as a panelist on a following episode of Question Time.
Perry has three children with her husband, from whom she is divorced. The family had a house in Broad Chalke near Salisbury, Wiltshire, and one in London. After her separation she moved to the Pewsey Vale.
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On Radio 5 this morning:
Victoria Derbyshire: What is puzzling is, under Labour debt equals bad, under the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats national debt equals?
Claire Perry: We have cut Labour's deficit Victoria by a quarter
Derbyshire: I’m talking about debt
Perry: Well it is the same thing
Derbyshire: It is not the same thing
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- Claire Perry MP official constituency website
- Claire Perry MP Conservative Party profile
- Devizes Conservatives
- Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 1803–2005
- Voting record at Public Whip
- Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou
- Profile at Westminster Parliamentary Record
- Profile at BBC News Democracy Live
- Claire Perry selected to fight Devizes, ConservativeHome, November 2009
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Devizes
|Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport