Jane Ellison

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Jane Ellison
Jane Ellison MP.jpg
Financial Secretary to the Treasury
In office
15 July 2016 – 8 June 2017
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Preceded byDavid Gauke
Succeeded byMel Stride
Parliamentary Undersecretary of State for Public Health
In office
7 October 2013 – 15 July 2016
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Preceded byAnna Soubry
Succeeded byDavid Mowat
Member of Parliament
for Battersea
In office
7 May 2010 – 8 June 2017
Preceded byMartin Linton
Succeeded byMarsha de Cordova
Personal details
Born (1964-08-15) 15 August 1964 (age 54)
Bradford, England
Political partyConservative
Alma materSt Hilda's College, Oxford
WebsiteOfficial website

Jane Elizabeth Ellison[1] (born 15 August 1964)[2] is a British Conservative Party politician, who was first elected at the 2010 general election as the Member of Parliament for Battersea. On 7 May 2015, she was re-elected with an increased margin of 3.4%. She lost the seat to Marsha de Cordova of the Labour Party at the 2017 snap general election. As of 2018, she is Deputy Director General for Corporate Operations at the World Health Organization.

Early life and career[edit]

Ellison was born in Bradford, attending St. Joseph's Catholic College, Bradford, then a girls' grammar school, and studied PPE [3] at St Hilda's College, Oxford. After university, she worked at the John Lewis Partnership, where she held many positions up until her election to the House of Commons some 23 years later.[4]

A former Barnet London Borough Councillor, she contested the Barnsley East by-election, 1996 and the Tottenham by-election, 2000, in both cases finishing in third place, and contested Barnsley East and Mexborough in 1997 and Pendle in the 2005 general election.[5] Labour retained the seat, although she almost halved the majority of sitting MP Gordon Prentice from 4,275 to 2,180.

She was selected as the prospective parliamentary candidate for Battersea in September 2006,[6] following an open primary held at the Battersea Arts Centre.

Parliamentary career[edit]

Ellison was elected at the 2010 general election, with a majority of 5,977.[7] In Parliament, she served on the Backbench Business Committee and Work and Pensions Committee.[7]

Ellison was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Public Health in October 2013.[5][7] She described providing political direction to the National Health Service (NHS) as "a bit like being on a high wire without a net at times, it can be quite exciting" in a meeting with the Tory Reform Group in 2014.[8]

According to The Observer, she also said: "I don't know how much any of you realise that with the Lansley act we pretty much gave away control of the NHS… we have some important strategic mechanisms but we don't really have day-to-day control", which was seized upon by critics as evidence that the government's NHS reforms had not succeeded.[8]

In January 2015, she announced the government was proposing introducing a ban on advertising on cigarette packaging before the next election, to some surprise amongst colleagues in the Conservative Party.[9]

In the 2017 general election, she lost her seat to Marsha De Cordova, who increased the Labour share of the vote by 9.1%.[10]

After politics[edit]

In October 2017 Ellison was appointed as Deputy Director-General for Corporate Operations at the World Health Organization.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Ellison lives in Balham with her partner John, and enjoys and participates in music and walking.[5]


  1. ^ "No. 61230". The London Gazette. 18 May 2015. p. 9117.
  2. ^ "By-elections 1997–2000 Results and Candidates' Biographies (see Tottenham)". UK Election Results. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  3. ^ Yearbook, Parliamentary. "Ellison, Jane". Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  4. ^ http://www.conservatives.com/People/Members_of_Parliament/Ellison_Jane.aspx
  5. ^ a b c "About Jane - Jane Ellison - Parliamentary Candidate for Battersea". www.janeellison.net.
  6. ^ "ConservativeHome's Seats & Candidates blog: Where are the original A-Listers now? The 27 who have been selected for target seats". conservativehome.blogs.com.
  7. ^ a b c "Jane Ellison MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  8. ^ a b Helm, Toby (21 June 2014). "NHS is out of control, says Tory health minister". Observer. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  9. ^ "Second Tory Cabinet minister criticises plain packets for cigarettes". Daily Telegraph. 29 January 2015. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  10. ^ "Battersea parliamentary constituency - Election 2017" – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  11. ^ "WHO Headquarters Leadership Team". Retrieved 18 April 2018 – via www.who.int.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Martin Linton
Member of Parliament
for Battersea

Succeeded by
Marsha de Cordova