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Dan Poulter
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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 39)[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 and career[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]

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] At the time of meeting David Cameron in 2006, who inspired him to enter politics, he was working in Mental Health.[6]

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.

Parliamentary career[edit]

Poulter was 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 of his predecessor, Michael Lord, and gaining a vote share of 50.8*%.[7]

In 2011, he was credited with a "lifesaving" intervention in Parliament when he persuaded fellow Conservative 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, and returned to working part-time as a doctor.[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, 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 EU membership referendum.[15]

Poulter was reported to the Conservative Party's newly established disciplinary committee in early November 2017 after it was alleged he had put his hand up the skirts of an least three female MPs.[16] The Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen, writing in The Sunday Times, stated that he reported the accusations to his party's whips in 2010, but gained no response; Poulter was promoted in 2012. The MP has not spoken publicly on the claims, but is believed to deny them.[17][18]

On 5 November 2017, a spokesperson for 10 Downing Street said that following a conversation with Poulter, the Conservative party chief whip had referred the MP to the party's disciplinary committee for further investigation over allegations of "misconduct and inappropriate behaviour." [19][20] He was cleared of inappropriate behaviour claims in March 2018.[21][22]


  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. ^ "No. 59418". The London Gazette. 13 May 2010. p. 8745. 
  4. ^ a b Daniel Poulter Archived 2 January 2013 at the Wayback Machine., 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. ^ Quinn, Ben (14 April 2016). "PM has broken pledges to help disadvantaged, says Tory ex-minister". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 March 2017. 
  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. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 March 2016. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  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. 
  16. ^ Wheeler, Caroline (5 November 2017). "Daniel Poulter, Tory former minister, accused of putting hand up MPs' skirts". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 5 November 2017.  (subscription required)
  17. ^ Walker, Peter (5 November 2017). "Conservative party investigates MP Dan Poulter over harassment allegations". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 November 2017. 
  18. ^ Bridgen, Andrew (5 November 2017). "I'm doing what the whips wouldn't". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 5 November 2017.  (subscription required)
  19. ^ Geater, Paul. "Suffolk MP Dr Dan Poulter denies claims of 'misconduct or inappropriate behaviour'". East Anglian Daily Times. Retrieved 2017-11-05. 
  20. ^ "Tory MPs Daniel Kawczynski, Dan Poulter and Stephen Crabb investigated". Sky News. Retrieved 2017-11-05. 
  21. ^ "Suffolk MP cleared over inappropriate behaviour claims". ITV News. Retrieved 25 March 2018. 
  22. ^ "Suffolk MP Daniel Poulter cleared in misconduct probe". BBC News. Retrieved 25 March 2018. 

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