|The Right Honourable
|Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Employment Relations, Consumer and Postal Affairs and Women and Equalities|
18 December 2013 – 30 June 2014
|Prime Minister||David Cameron|
|Preceded by||Jo Swinson|
|Succeeded by||Jo Swinson|
|Member of Parliament
for Cardiff Central
5 May 2005 – 30 March 2015
|Preceded by||Jon Owen Jones|
|Succeeded by||Jo Stevens|
29 May 1974 |
Wimbledon, Merton, London, England
|Political party||Welsh Liberal Democrats|
|Alma mater||Durham University
London School of Economics
Jennifer Nancy Willott (born 29 May 1974) is a British politician. She was the Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Cardiff Central from 2005 to 2015. Willott became a junior minister in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Government Equalities Office in December 2013, temporarily standing in for Jo Swinson while she was on maternity leave. She is the first woman and first Liberal Democrat to represent her seat. She was a councillor in the London Borough of Merton from 1998 to 2000.
Willott was born in Wimbledon, London. She was educated at Uppingham School, studied Classics at St Mary's College, Durham University, and attended the London School of Economics, obtaining an MSc in Development Studies.
Willott's 2005 campaign was closely linked to specific local and national issues and her support was widespread across all wards.
In her maiden speech, Willott pledged to "make Cardiff proud" and celebrated the cultural diversity of her constituency. She declared her priorities in parliament would be local health services, tuition and top-up fees, and council tax. She supported Sir Menzies Campbell in the leadership election in 2006, and was later appointed Shadow Minister for Youth Affairs, Whip, and Deputy Chief Whip.
In December 2010 she resigned her post as parliamentary aide to Chris Huhne shortly before a vote to increase tuition fees as recommended by the Browne Review, to keep her pledge to constituents that she would vote against any increase in fees.
In May 2014 Willott complained about the hostile atmosphere of prime minister's questions and the low number of female ministers. She called for all-female shortlists for MPs, something which is not Liberal Democrat party policy. In 2014, she left the Government but was appointed to the Privy Council by David Cameron. In 2015, she lost her seat in the House of Commons to the Labour Party's Jo Stevens.
Willott was subject to criticism from rival political parties and the media in the wake of the expenses scandal, as it emerged she claimed more in expenses and administration costs than any other Welsh MP. Her expenses and office costs were £57,000 in a year, including claims for a new flat and costs of moving offices in central Cardiff.
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Jenny Willott.|
- Jenny Willott MP official constituency website
- Profile at the Liberal Democrats
- Profile at the Welsh Liberal Democrats
- Cardiff Liberal Democrats
- Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
- Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 1803–2005
- Current session contributions in Parliament at Hansard
- Voting record at Public Whip
- Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou
- Profile at Westminster Parliamentary Record
- Profile at BBC News Democracy Live
- Meet the MP: Jenny Willott BBC News, 20 December 2005
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
Jon Owen Jones
|Member of Parliament for Cardiff Central