|The Right Honourable
|Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth|
8 January 2018
|Prime Minister||Theresa May|
|Sec. of State||Greg Clark|
|Preceded by||Position Established|
|Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry|
12 June 2017 – 8 January 2018
|Prime Minister||Theresa May|
|Sec. of State||Greg Clark|
|Preceded by||Nick Hurd|
|Succeeded by||Position Abolished|
|Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State
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
6 May 2010
|Preceded by||Michael Ancram|
3 April 1964 |
Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England
|Spouse(s)||Clayton Perry (m. 1996; div. 2013)|
|Alma mater||Brasenose College, Oxford,
|Occupation||MP for Devizes|
Claire Louise Perry (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. Since a cabinet reshuffle carried out in January 2018 she has attended cabinet as part of her ministerial role.
The youngest of three children of David and Joanne Richens, Perry (née Richens) 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". She later gained an MBA at Harvard University.
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. 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.
In October 2011, Perry was appointed as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Philip Hammond, the Secretary of State for Defence. 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. 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".
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. She was subsequently appointed by the Prime Minister, David Cameron, as an adviser on preventing the sexualisation and commercialisation of children.
Perry argued for blocks on pornography for all internet users unless they opt out of it, citing the need to protect children. 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, while Staines 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, 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.
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". 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. She subsequently voted with her party in approving the decision to enact Article 50 and start the process of leaving the EU.
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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
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Devizes
|Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport