Dehenna Davison

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Dehenna Davison

Official portrait of Dehenna Davison MP crop 2.jpg
Davison in 2019
Member of Parliament
for Bishop Auckland
Assumed office
12 December 2019
Preceded byHelen Goodman
Majority7,962 (17.8%)
Personal details
Born
Dehenna Sheridan Davison

(1993-07-27) 27 July 1993 (age 26)
Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England
NationalityBritish
Political partyConservative
ResidenceHigh Etherley, County Durham, England
Alma materUniversity of Hull
Websitedehennadavison.com

Dehenna Sheridan Davison[1] (/diˈɛnə/;[2] born 27 July 1993) is a British Conservative Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bishop Auckland since the 2019 general election. She is the first Conservative to represent the constituency since its creation in 1885. The seat had previously been represented by a Labour Party MP since 1935.

Early life[edit]

Dehenna Sheridan Davison was born into a working-class family on 27 July 1993[3] in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England where she also grew up.[4][5] Her father was a stonemason, and her mother was a nursery nurse.[6] Davison was privately educated at the Sheffield High School on a full scholarship.[7] Her father died when she was 13 years old after being attacked in a pub.[6] His alleged assailant was acquitted in the subsequent murder trial but was jailed for manslaughter.[8] She represented the family in a criminal injuries compensation tribunal at the age of 16. She has commented in interviews that the experience fostered her interest in politics.[9]

Davison studied British Politics and Legislative Studies at the University of Hull. During her time at the university, she spent a year working as a parliamentary aide for Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Member of Parliament (MP) for North East Somerset.[10][11] In her late teens and early twenties, she had a variety of jobs including in a video games retailer, a casino, a betting shop, and a branch of Pizza Hut.[9][12][13]

Parliamentary career[edit]

Davison was selected as the Conservative candidate for the Kingston upon Hull North constituency in the 2015 general election. She finished in third behind the Labour Party and UK Independence Party candidates.[14] Davison supported Brexit in the 2016 United Kingdom European Union membership referendum.[4] She next contested the Sedgefield constituency in the 2017 general election where she finished second behind the Labour candidate.[12][15]

She was elected as MP for the Bishop Auckland constituency in the 2019 general election, with a majority of 7,962 (17.8%) on a swing of 9.5% from Labour to the Conservatives.[16] Davison was the first Conservative MP for the constituency since its creation in 1885.[17] The seat had been represented by a Labour MP since 1935.[18][19] Her campaign focused on promises on Brexit, and reopening Bishop Auckland Hospital's emergency department which had been closed in 2009.[17][20] Prior to becoming an MP, Davison was a research and development analyst for LUMO, a company which advises businesses on tax credits.[21]

She made her maiden speech on 16 January 2020.[22] Davison supports scrapping the planned high-speed railway project HS2, and re-investing the money into local transport schemes.[23] On 14 February 2020, it was reported that she had been photographed with two alleged far-right activists at a public event. According to The Guardian, photographs had emerged linking Davison with 'extremist individuals'.[24]

Personal life[edit]

Davison married John Fareham, a Conservative councillor on Hull City Council in 2018.[9] [25][26] He is 35 years older than her.[27] They appeared together on the Channel 4 documentary series Bride and Prejudice, which showed their wedding at the Guildhall, Kingston upon Hull.[28][29][30] They separated before the 2019 general election.[25] She lives in the village of High Etherley in her parliamentary constituency.[31]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ a b Payne, Sebastian (11 June 2019). "Northern Tories have designs on old Labour heartlands". Financial Times. Archived from the original on 13 December 2019. Retrieved 13 December 2019.(subscription required)
  5. ^ Capurro, Daniel (26 October 2019). "The young female candidate at the heart of the Tories' battle to win Labour's heartland". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 12 November 2019. Retrieved 13 December 2019.(subscription required)
  6. ^ a b Swerling, Gabriella (13 May 2017). "Video game shopworker, 23, aims for Blair's former citadel". The Times. Archived from the original on 13 December 2019. Retrieved 13 December 2019.(subscription required)
  7. ^ "HSBC Bank sponsors more places at Sheffield High School". Sheffield High School. Archived from the original on 13 December 2019. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  8. ^ Wright, Oliver (29 January 2020). "Dehenna Davison: Tory MP recalls father's death in pub attack". The Times.(subscription required)
  9. ^ a b c McGoogan, Cara (21 December 2019). "Meet millennial MP Dehenna Davison – the 'Boris baby' who's just survived her first week in Westminster". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 27 December 2019. Retrieved 2 January 2020.(subscription required)
  10. ^ Kelly, Mike (13 December 2019). "Who is Dehenna Davison? The new Conservative MP for Bishop Auckland". Evening Chronicle. Archived from the original on 13 December 2019. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  11. ^ "Register of Interests of Members' Secretaries and Research Assistants (As at 20 February 2014)" (PDF). parliament.uk. p. 21. Archived (PDF) from the original on 25 March 2014. Retrieved 19 December 2019.
  12. ^ a b McTague, Tom (11 May 2017). "Tories target Blair country". Politico Europe. Archived from the original on 13 December 2019. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  13. ^ Castle, Stephen (16 December 2019). "Welcome to Parliament. Now Sit Down and Shut Up". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 January 2020.
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  15. ^ "Sedgefield constituency General Election results 2017: Full standings, MP and reaction". Evening Chronicle. 9 June 2017. Archived from the original on 13 December 2019. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
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  18. ^ Conner-Hill, Rachel (13 December 2019). "Bishop Auckland elects Dehenna Davison as first Conservative MP". The Northern Echo. Archived from the original on 13 December 2019. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  19. ^ "Johnson heads for landslide as Labour's 'red wall' crumbles". ITV News. 13 December 2019. Archived from the original on 13 December 2019. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  20. ^ "General election 2019: Could Bishop Auckland Hospital's A&E reopen?". BBC News. 7 December 2019. Archived from the original on 13 December 2019. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  21. ^ Bond, Daniel (16 December 2019). "Class of 2019: Meet the new MPs". Politics Home. Archived from the original on 17 December 2019. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  22. ^ White, Andrew (16 January 2020). "Bishop Auckland MP Dehenna Davison makes maiden Commons speech". The Northern Echo. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  23. ^ Jeffery, Max (25 January 2020). "'Blue Wall' Tory MPs pile pressure on Boris Johnson to scrap HS2 after damning reports". Politics Home. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  24. ^ Parveen, Nazia (14 February 2020). "New Tory MP pictured with alleged far-right activists". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  25. ^ a b Tucker, Grant; Urwin, Rosamund (15 December 2019). "Meet Boris's Babies — they're young, fun and working class". The Times. Archived from the original on 15 December 2019. Retrieved 15 December 2019.(subscription required)
  26. ^ Mainwaring-Taylor, Flossie (16 May 2017). "Tory election runner Dehenna Davison, 23, and cabinet minister Karen Bradley MP call for backing as they lose bets at Sedgefield R". The Northern Echo. Archived from the original on 13 December 2019. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  27. ^ Burke, Dave; Robinson, Hannah (14 December 2019). "Student who married Hull councillor elected as MP aged 26". Hull Daily Mail. Archived from the original on 14 December 2019. Retrieved 15 December 2019.
  28. ^ Wollaston, Sam (5 June 2018). "Bride and Prejudice review: guaranteed to expose your inner bigot". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 13 December 2019. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  29. ^ O'Grady, Sean (6 June 2018). "Bride and Prejudice, Channel 4, TV review: Does true love really conquer all?". The Independent. Archived from the original on 13 December 2019. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  30. ^ "Bride & Prejudice". Channel 4. Archived from the original on 13 December 2019. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  31. ^ "Meet our parliamentary candidiate Dehenna Davison". Bishop Auckland Conservative Association. 10 November 2019. Retrieved 3 January 2020.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Helen Goodman
Member of Parliament for Bishop Auckland
2019–present
Incumbent