Lucy Frazer

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Lucy Frazer

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Solicitor General for England and Wales
Assumed office
9 May 2019
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Attorney GeneralGeoffrey Cox
Preceded byRobert Buckland
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice
In office
9 January 2018 – 9 May 2019
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Sec. of StateDavid Gauke
Preceded byDominic Raab
(Minister of State)
Succeeded byPaul Maynard
Member of Parliament
for South East Cambridgeshire
Assumed office
7 May 2015
Preceded byJim Paice
Majority16,837 (28.3%)
Personal details
Born (1972-05-17) 17 May 1972 (age 47)
Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)David Leigh
Alma materNewnham College, Cambridge
WebsiteOfficial website

Lucy Frazer QC MP (born 17 May 1972) is a British Conservative politician, a barrister by profession, who has been Member of Parliament (MP) for South East Cambridgeshire since the 2015 general election.

She took silk in 2012, prior to being returned to Parliament, and currently serves as Solicitor General for England and Wales.

Early life[edit]

Born on 17 May 1972 in Yorkshire,[1] Frazer is descended from Jewish immigrants among whom her grandfather, Dr Hyman Frazer CBE, was a mathematician, barrister and educationalist,[2] at one time headmaster of the Gateway College in Leicester,[3][4] and her father, Colin Peter Frazer, was a partner at collapsed Leeds legal firm Fox Hayes.[5]

Education[edit]

Frazer was educated at Leeds Girls' High School,[6] an independent school in Headingley, a suburb of the City of Leeds, before going up to Newnham College, Cambridge, where she was elected President of the Cambridge Union.[7]

Career[edit]

She worked as a barrister in commercial law, including being a member of the legal team in the Fox Hayes v. Financial Services Authority court case in 2010,[8] and went on to become a QC at the age of 40.[7] She was selected as the Conservative Party prospective parliamentary candidate (PPC) for South East Cambridgeshire in December 2013, over Heidi Allen. There was initially a controversy about a possible miscount of votes at the selection.[9] Frazer was reaffirmed as the candidate in January 2014,[10] while Allen was selected that October as PPC for neighbouring South Cambridgeshire. Frazer went on to be elected at the 2015 general election with 28,845 votes (48.5%), a majority of 16,837.[11] She was elected to sit on the Education Select Committee later that year.[12]

After her maiden speech,[13] in which she jokingly referred to Oliver Cromwell's sale of Scots into colonial slavery as "an answer to the West Lothian question – but not one, of course, that I would recommend",[4][14] she apologised were any offence to have been caused by such comment.

Frazer supported remaining within the European Union prior to the 2016 referendum.[15] In July 2016, she became Parliamentary Private Secretary to HM Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office, Ben Gummer.[12]

Frazer put forward a Bill to Parliament for making 'upskirting' an offence in England and Wales; this attained royal assent on 12 February 2019. Before this Act was passed, only the common law offence of outraging public decency could be prosecuted. The Act removes the common law requirement of at least two witnesses to the offence.

She was made Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice in January 2018, and moved to become Solicitor General for England and Wales in May 2019.

Personal life[edit]

Frazer has two children by her husband David Leigh, CEO of global education company Study Group,[16][17][18] and kinsman of Sir Edward Leigh.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Biography for Lucy Frazer". MyParliament. Archived from the original on 9 August 2017. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  2. ^ Staff writer (February 1965). "Home news: New Year Honours" (PDF). AJR Information. Association of Jewish Refugees in Britain. XX (2): 5. Archived (PDF) from the original on 5 March 2016.
  3. ^ Gillard, Derek. "Crowther Report 1959 Volume I - full text". educationengland.org.uk. Archived from the original on 16 November 2016. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Daily Hansard - Debate". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). United Kingdom: House of Commons. 4 June 2015. col. 826–827. Archived from the original on 22 August 2016. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Fox Hayes partners face £1m fine". Law Society Gazette. Archived from the original on 9 August 2017. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  6. ^ "> South Square > London, England > Lawyer profiles > Lucy Frazer QC". The Legal 500. Archived from the original on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  7. ^ a b Jamieson, Sophie (29 April 2015). "Election 2015: Meet the future female front bench stars of the 2015 Parliament". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  8. ^ "Fox Hayes v Financial Services Authority | LexisWeb". lexisweb.co.uk. Archived from the original on 9 August 2017. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  9. ^ Graham, Georgia (7 January 2014). "Voting miscount could mean wrong woman announced as Conservative parliamentary candiate [sic]". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 9 August 2017.
  10. ^ Merrick, Jane (12 January 2014). "The battle of the Tory women: Farcical scenes after 'invalid' vote to select candidate for safe seat". The Independent. Archived from the original on 9 August 2017.
  11. ^ "Election 2015: Cambridgeshire South East parliamentary constituency". BBC News. Archived from the original on 8 May 2015. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  12. ^ a b "About Lucy Frazer". Lucy Frazer. Archived from the original on 9 June 2017. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  13. ^ ElyWeeklyNews (9 June 2015). "Calls for MP Lucy Frazer to resign following “joke” about Scots being sold into slavery". Ely News. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  14. ^ "Tory apologises over 'joke' about turning Scots into 'slaves'". Herald Scotland. 7 June 2015. Archived from the original on 9 June 2015. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  15. ^ Goodenough, Tom (16 February 2016). "Which Tory MPs back Brexit, who doesn't and who is still on the fence?". The Spectator. Archived from the original on 3 February 2017. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  16. ^ Day, Jordan (8 May 2015). "General election: South East Cambs MP Lucy Frazer says she feels 'honoured and extremely excited'". Ely News. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  17. ^ "David Leigh | The Board | About Study Group". Corporate.studygroup.com. Archived from the original on 18 March 2017. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  18. ^ "About Lucy Frazer | Lucy Frazer". lucyfrazer.org.uk. Archived from the original on 22 July 2016. Retrieved 10 September 2016.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Jim Paice
Member of Parliament
for South East Cambridgeshire

2015–present
Incumbent