Claire Perry

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Claire Perry
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Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry
Assumed office
12 June 2017
Prime Minister Theresa May
Sec. of State Greg Clark
Preceded by Nick Hurd
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State
for Transport
In office
15 July 2014 – 14 July 2016
Prime Minister David Cameron
Sec. of State Patrick McLoughlin
Preceded by Stephen Hammond
Succeeded by Paul Maynard
Member of Parliament
for Devizes
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Michael Ancram
Majority 21,136 (41.7%)
Personal details
Born (1964-04-03) 3 April 1964 (age 53)
Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England[1]
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Clayton Perry (m. 1996; div. 2013)[2][3]
Children 3
Alma mater Brasenose College, Oxford,
Harvard University
Occupation MP for Devizes
Profession Investment banking

Claire Louise Perry[4] (born 3 April 1964) is a Conservative politician in the United Kingdom who has represented the Devizes constituency since 2010. She served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Philip Hammond, the Secretary of State for Defence and as Government Assistant Whip. Subsequently, she served as Rail minister from July 2014 to July 2016.

Perry was appointed as Minister of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in the Second May ministry, after the June 2017 reshuffle.[5]

Early life[edit]

The youngest of three children, Perry was raised in North Somerset. She was educated at Nailsea School and Brasenose College, Oxford, where she read Geography, graduating from Oxford University in 1985. One of her contemporaries at Brasenose was journalist George Monbiot, who described her in his column for The Guardian as, at the time, "a firebrand who wanted to nationalise the banks and overthrow capitalism".[6] She later gained an MBA at Harvard University.

Perry worked in banking and finance for Bank of America, McKinsey & Company and Credit Suisse.[7]

After joining the Conservative party in 2006, Perry worked for the Shadow Chancellor George Osborne.[8]

Parliamentary career[edit]

Perry was selected in November 2009 as a Conservative candidate after Michael Ancram announced his intention to stand down from Devizes, a safe seat for her party.[9] In her maiden speech she was critical of the previous Labour government's management of the rural economy adding, "we do not get as many jobcentres per head of the population in rural Britain". She also paid tribute to the Armed Forces as Devizes is home to 11,000 soldiers.[10]

In October 2011, Perry was appointed as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Philip Hammond, the Secretary of State for Defence.[7][11] She held this role until October 2013, when she became a Government Assistant Whip. On 15 July 2014, Perry was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, with responsibility for rail fares, rail franchising, freight and logistics and transport agencies.[12] 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."[13][14]

Perry campaigned for improvements in online safety, and in 2011 led an Independent Parliamentary Inquiry into Online Child Protection, with a particular focus on online pornography.[15] She was subsequently appointed by the Prime Minister, David Cameron, as an adviser on preventing the sexualisation and commercialisation of children.[16]

Perry argued for blocks on pornography for all internet users unless they opt out of it, citing the need to protect children.[17][18] In July 2013, hackers placed pornographic images on Perry's own website. Perry accused political blogger Paul Staines – known for his Guido Fawkes blog – of sponsoring the attack,[19][20] while Staines threatened to sue her for libel if the claim was not removed.[21] 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, including 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.[22][23]

In 2012, Perry mistakenly stated that the national debt and national deficit were the same thing in a discussion on BBC Radio 5 Live.[24][25][26]

Perry campaigned for the UK to remain in the EU during the 2016 membership referendum, and argued after the vote that some members of her party were "like jihadis" in their support for a "hard Brexit" and said the tone of the debate on leaving the European Union "borders on the hysterical".[27] She was one of only seven Conservative MPs to vote for an amendment arguing that parliament should have the final say on any deal to leave the EU.[28] She subsequently voted with her party in approving the decision to enact Article 50 and start the process of leaving the EU.

Personal life[edit]

Perry has three children from her former marriage.[2] She currently lives in Pewsey Vale.[29]


  1. ^ Staff writer (2013), "PERRY, Claire Louise", Who's Who 2013. A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc.   (subscription may be required or content may be available in libraries that are in the U.K.)
  2. ^ a b Walker, Tim (21 March 2013). "'Cameron cutie' Claire Perry gives up on 'difficult' marriage". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Cowen, Lewis (21 March 2013). "Devizes MP Claire Perry reveals that her marriage is over". Gazette and Herald. Wiltshire. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "No. 59418". The London Gazette. 13 May 2010. p. 8746. 
  5. ^ Collier, Hatty (12 June 2017). "Theresa May sacks four ministers including Robert Halfon as Cabinet reshuffle continues". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 12 June 2017. 
  6. ^ Monbiot, George (31 March 2015). "'Wealth creators' are robbing our most productive people". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 April 2017. 
  7. ^ a b Perry, Claire. "About Claire". Retrieved 11 February 2017. 
  8. ^ Barltrop, Paul (6 November 2009). "Claire Perry chosen for Devizes". Politics Show West. BBC. Retrieved 11 February 2017. 
  9. ^ Isaby, Jonathan (1 November 2009). "Claire Perry selected to fight Devizes". ConservativeHome. Retrieved 11 February 2017. 
  10. ^ Claire Perry, Member of Parliament for Devizes (10 June 2010). "Tackling Poverty in the UK". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). 511. United Kingdom: House of Commons. col. 555–558. 
  11. ^ Isaaman, Gerald (2 November 2011). "The Euro is going to continue to struggle for a long time, warns Claire Perry". Marlborough News Online. Archived from the original on 25 April 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2017. 
  12. ^ "Claire Perry MP". GOV.UK. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
  13. ^ "Southern: Claire Perry 'often ashamed' to be rail minister". BBC News. 13 July 2016. Retrieved 16 July 2016. 
  14. ^ "Rail minister Claire Perry resigns". BBC News. 15 July 2016. Retrieved 16 July 2016. 
  15. ^ "MPs call for better porn filters to protect children". BBC News. 18 April 2012. Retrieved 10 February 2017. 
  16. ^ Staff writer (2 March 2013). "Intrusive parenting 'damages children's lives' says Claire Perry, David Cameron's adviser on childhood". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 10 February 2017. 
  17. ^ Davies, Caroline (19 December 2010). "Broadband firms urged to block sex websites to protect children". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 December 2010. 
  18. ^ "MP calls for pornography 'opt-in' to protect children". BBC News. 23 November 2010. Retrieved 20 December 2010. 
  19. ^ "Net block MP Claire Perry in spat over porn hack", BBC News, 24 July 2013
  20. ^ Doctorow, Cory (24 July 2013). "Technologically illiterate MP who masterminded UK porn blocker gets hacked, threatens reporter for writing about it (blog)". boing boing. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  21. ^ Halliday, Josh (24 July 2013). "Guido Fawkes blogger threatens to sue Tory MP over hacking accusation". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 
  22. ^ Worstall, Tim (25 December 2013). "The best story yet about the UK's online porn filters". Forbes. Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  23. ^ "FSC's Duke Argues Against Censorship at UK Roundtable". Adult Video News. 7 March 2014. Archived from the original on 20 March 2014. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  24. ^ "Former banker Tory MP claims debt and deficit are the same thing". Political Scrapbook. 8 October 2012. 
    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
  25. ^ Bryant, Ben (26 October 2012). "Question Time: as it happened 26th October". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  26. ^ McSmith, Andy (8 October 2012). "If it's worth saying George, say it thrice". The Independent. Retrieved 10 February 2017. 
  27. ^ England, Charlotte (8 February 2017). "Hard Brexiteers are like jihadis, says Tory MP". The Independent. Retrieved 10 February 2017. 
  28. ^ Hughes, Laura (7 February 2017). "Brexit debate and vote: MPs reject rebel amendment calling for parliament to have final approval on EU deal". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 10 February 2017. 
  29. ^ Staff writer (24 October 2013). "Claire Perry, MP for Devizes - Fascinating to find out what changes are afoot". Newsquest. Retrieved 19 September 2015. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Michael Ancram
Member of Parliament for Devizes
Political offices
Preceded by
Stephen Hammond
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport
Succeeded by
Paul Maynard