Kelly Tolhurst

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Kelly Tolhurst

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Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility
Assumed office
19 July 2018
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Preceded byAndrew Griffiths
Assistant Government Whip
In office
9 January 2018 – 19 July 2018
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Preceded byRebecca Harris
Succeeded byMichelle Donelan
Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
In office
28 June 2017 – 9 January 2018
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Preceded byConor Burns
Succeeded byAlan Mak
Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for International Development
In office
12 September 2016 – 28 June 2017
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Preceded byAndrew Bingham
Succeeded byWendy Morton
Member of Parliament
for Rochester and Strood
Assumed office
7 May 2015
Preceded byMark Reckless
Majority9,850 (18.3%)
Member of Medway Council
for Rochester West Ward
In office
5 May 2011 – 12 January 2018[1]
Preceded byMark Reckless
Succeeded byAlex Paterson
Personal details
Born
Kelly Jane Tolhurst

(1978-08-23) 23 August 1978 (age 40)
Rochester, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Political partyConservative
WebsiteCampaign website

Kelly Jane Tolhurst[2] (born 23 August 1978) is a British Conservative Party politician. She has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Rochester and Strood since the May 2015 general election.[3] Tolhurst currently serves as Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State) at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. She is a former Councillor for the Rochester West ward on Medway Council.[4]

Early life[edit]

Tolhurst was born in Rochester ; her father was a local boat builder, Morris Tolhurst. She was educated locally at Chapter High School.[5] From 2008, she ran a marine survey business, called Tolhurst Associates, with her father, with employment in marketing previous to this point.[6][7]

Political career[edit]

Tolhurst was elected to the Rochester West ward on Medway Council in 2011 and served as a councillor until 2018 when she resigned. In the by-election for the ward that followed in March 2018, the seat was taken by the Labour candidate Alex Paterson.[8][9] She was selected to contest the 2014 Rochester and Strood by-election which was triggered by the defection of Mark Reckless to UKIP.[10] Tolhurst lost the by-election, held on 20 November 2014, but regained the seat for the Conservatives at the 2015 general election six months later, securing a majority of over 7,000.[11] She was re-elected in 2017.

Tolhurst has served on the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee, the European Scrutiny Committee and the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee.[12] She was made an assistant government whip during the reshuffle on 9 January 2018.[13]

Tolhurst was appointed the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on 19 July 2018.[14]

Tolhurst campaigned to remain in the European Union prior to the 2016 referendum.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hoare, Gavin. "Resignation of Councillor Kelly Tolhurst". www.medway.gov.uk.
  2. ^ "No. 61961". The London Gazette. 19 June 2017. p. 11776.
  3. ^ "Election 2015: Rochester & Strood parliamentary constituency". BBC News. 9 June 2017. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  4. ^ "MP resigns as local councillor". Kent Online. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Personal website". MP. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  6. ^ Holehouse, Matthew (14 October 2014). "Stay-at-home mother lined up to halt Ukip advance". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
  7. ^ Letts, Quentin (22 July 2015). "Stay-at-home mother lined up to halt Ukip advance". Tatler. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Previews: 08 Mar 2018". 7 March 2018.
  9. ^ Francis, Paul (23 October 2014). "Medway councillor Kelly Tolhurst beats Anna Firth to become the Conservative candidate for the Rochester and Strood by-election". Kentonline.co.uk. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
  10. ^ "Rochester byelection: Tories select local businesswoman Kelly Tolhurst". The Guardian. 23 October 2014. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
  11. ^ Hartley-Parkinson, Richard (8 May 2015). "Tories get revenge on Mark Reckless by taking seat back from Ukip". Metro. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
  12. ^ "Parliamentary profile". GOV. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  13. ^ Walker, Peter (9 January 2018). "Theresa May's junior ministerial reshuffle: who's in and who's out". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  14. ^ "Kelly Tolhurst MP". GOV.UK. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  15. ^ "EU vote: Where the cabinet and other MPs stand". BBC News. 22 June 2016.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Mark Reckless
Member of Parliament
for Rochester and Strood

2015–present
Incumbent