Daniel Poulter

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Daniel Poulter
Parliamentary Undersecretary of State for Health Services
In office
4 September 2012 – 12 May 2015
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Simon Burns
Succeeded by Ben Gummer
Member of Parliament
for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Michael Lord
Majority 20,144 (37.2%)
Personal details
Born Daniel Leonard James Poulter
(1978-10-30) 30 October 1978 (age 38)[1]
Beckenham, Kent, England[2]
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Alma mater University of Bristol
King's College London
Profession Politician
Website www.drdanielpoulter.com

Daniel Leonard James Poulter[2][3] (born 30 October 1978) is a British Conservative Party politician, who was elected at the 2010 general election as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich. Poulter is a Physician and served as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department of Health between September 2012 and May 2015 when he returned to the backbenches.[1][4]

Early life[edit]

Poulter was born in Beckenham in Kent.[2] He was privately educated at Vinehall School and Battle Abbey School before attending the University of Bristol, graduating with a Law degree, before qualifying as a medical doctor at King's College London (MBBS; AKC).[2]

Medical career[edit]

Poulter worked as a junior doctor training in obstetrics and gynaecological medicine and has published articles in the area of women's health.[2] During the 2011 parliamentary summer recesses, Poulter worked at the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston, in the Accident and Emergency department.[5] Recently reported as working in Mental Health.[6]

Political career[edit]

Poulter was elected as a Conservative member of Hastings Borough Council in 2006, serving until 2007.[2] He was the deputy leader of Reigate and Banstead Council between 2008 and 2010 before being elected as the Member of Parliament for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich at the 2010 general election, receiving 27,125 votes, increasing the Conservative majority.[7]

In 2011 he was credited with a "lifesaving" intervention in Parliament when he persuaded fellow MP Guy Opperman to seek urgent medical treatment.[8] Opperman subsequently had a brain tumour removed.

Poulter announced he would resign from the British Medical Association in 2012, following an announced doctors' strike.[9] He said he did not believe "striking as a doctor could ever be justified" and defended plans for doctors' pensions.

In September 2012, Poulter became the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health.[1][4] His primary responsibilities as a Health Minister were for workforce issues, NHS estates and IT systems.[10] After the 2015 general election, Poulter returned to the back benches.[11]

In October 2015, Poulter expressed his support for protests by doctors and others against the Conservative government's proposed changes to the junior doctors contract.[12][13] In April 2016 Dr Poulter widened his criticism of the Conservative Government, in a Guardian article.[14]

In January 2016 he announced his support for medicinal cannabis saying it should "be used and encouraged".

Poulter was opposed to Brexit prior to the 2016 referendum.[15]


  1. ^ a b c "Daniel Poulter MP". BBC Democracy Live. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "POULTER, Dr Daniel Leonard James". Who's Who. A & C Black and Oxford University Press. November 2012. Retrieved 27 December 2012. Login or subscription required. 
  3. ^ The London Gazette: no. 59418. p. 8745. 13 May 2010.
  4. ^ a b Daniel Poulter, parliament.uk. Retrieved 30 December 2012.
  5. ^ "East MPs opt for fresh challenges in their summer break". BBC News Online. 8 August 2011. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  6. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/apr/14/pm-has-broken-pledges-to-help-disadvantaged-says-tory-ex-minister
  7. ^ "2010 General Election result". BBC News Online. 7 May 2010. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  8. ^ McGurran, Deborah (17 May 2011). "Dr Dan Poulter MP: Doctor in the House". BBC. Retrieved 29 March 2015. 
  9. ^ Poulter, Daniel (31 May 2012). "Striking as a doctor can never be justified – I am resigning from the BMA". Guardian. Retrieved 29 March 2015. 
  10. ^ "Health ministers' portfolios revealed by DH". GPonline.com. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  11. ^ "Poulter out and Gummer in as Tories reshuffle health ministers". nursingtimes.net. 13 May 2015. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  12. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXCgNAkGnWg
  13. ^ Elgot, Jessica (17 October 2015). "Jeremy Hunt: I would protest if I were a 'misled' junior doctor". The Guardian. 
  14. ^ Quinn, Ben (14 April 2016). "PM has broken pledges to help disadvantaged, says Tory ex-minister". The Guardian. 
  15. ^ Goodenough, Tom (16 February 2016). "Which Tory MPs back Brexit, who doesn't and who is still on the fence?". The Spectator. Retrieved 11 October 2016. 

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Michael Lord
Central Suffolk and North Ipswich