Maggie Throup

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Maggie Throup
MP
Official portrait of Maggie Throup crop 2.jpg
Member of Parliament
for Erewash
Assumed office
8 May 2015
Preceded by Jessica Lee
Majority 4,534 (9.1%)
Personal details
Born (1957-01-27) 27 January 1957 (age 61)
Shipley, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Political party Conservative
Alma mater University of Manchester
Website Official website

Margaret Ann Throup[1] (born 27 January 1957) is a British Conservative Party politician. A former business consultant and biomedical scientist, she was first elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Erewash in the 2015 general election. She was re-elected in the 2017 general election.

Early life and career[edit]

Maggie Throup was born on 27 January 1957 in Shipley, West Yorkshire.[2][3] Her early education was at the Bradford Girls' Grammar School.[4] She graduated from the University of Manchester with a BSc. in Biology.[5] After graduating she worked as a biomedical scientist at the Calderdale Health Authority for seven years.[6] During her time there, she became a Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Science specialising in haematology.[6][7] She then pursued a career in marketing and public relations which included a directorship of a pharmaceutical company and running her own consultancy.[3][4][7]

Parliamentary career[edit]

Throup stood unsuccessfully as the Conservative candidate for Colne Valley in West Yorkshire in the 2005 general election. She subsequently moved to Solihull in the West Midlands, where she again unsuccessfully stood as the Conservative candidate for the constituency of Solihull in the 2010 general election.[8][9]

Throup was subsequently selected as the Conservative candidate for Erewash and was elected as MP for the constituency in the 2015 general election with 20,636 (42.7%) votes and a majority of 3,584.[10] In the 2015–17 parliament, she was part of the Health Select Committee and the Scottish Affairs Committee.[11]

Throup supported remaining within the European Union (EU) in the 2016 EU membership referendum.[12]

She held her seat in the 2017 general election with 25,939 (52.1%) and an increased majority of 4,534.[13] After the election, Throup was re-elected onto the Health Select Committee, but stood down in February 2018.[11] Following the Government reshuffle in January 2018, Maggie was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Ministerial team at The Department for Health and Social Care.[14]

She is the chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Obesity, Heart Disease, and the secretary for the APPG on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery.[15][16]

Controversies[edit]

In May 2016, it emerged that Throup was one of a number of Conservative MPs being investigated by police in the United Kingdom general election, 2015 party spending investigation, for allegedly spending more than the legal limit on constituency election campaign expenses.[17] However, in May 2017, the Crown Prosecution Service said that while there was evidence of inaccurate spending returns, it did not "meet the test" for further action.[18]

In January 2016, Throup was one of 72 MPs who voted down an amendment in Parliament on rental homes being “fit for human habitation” who were themselves landlords who derived an income from a property.[19]

In September 2017, Throup was criticised for claiming expenses for first class tickets when she travelled by rail, despite official guidance from parliamentary watchdog IPSA - set up in the wake of the 2009 expenses scandal - saying politicians should “consider value for money” when booking tickets. She was revealed to be one of only 22 MPs who never travelled standard class. However, she argued that her claims were permissible within the expenses rules and that the first class tickets were cheaper than some standard class tickets available.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "No. 61230". The London Gazette. 18 May 2015. p. 9120.
  2. ^ "Biography for Maggie Throup". Archived from the original on 22 October 2017. Retrieved 22 October 2017.
  3. ^ a b "General Election: The battle for Solihull". Birmingham Post. 6 April 2010. Archived from the original on 22 October 2017. Retrieved 22 October 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Erewash". UK Polling Report. Archived from the original on 22 October 2017. Retrieved 22 October 2017.
  5. ^ Gildea, Samantha (6 June 2017). "General Election 2017 - Erewash will be contested by these candidates". Derby Telegraph. Archived from the original on 22 October 2017. Retrieved 22 October 2017.
  6. ^ a b "About Maggie". Maggie Throup. Archived from the original on 22 October 2017. Retrieved 22 October 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Maggie Throup's CV". Democracy Club. Archived from the original on 23 October 2017. Retrieved 22 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Colne Valley". BBC News. Archived from the original on 24 December 2006. Retrieved 4 December 2016.
  9. ^ "Solihull". BBC News. Archived from the original on 15 January 2016. Retrieved 4 December 2016.
  10. ^ "Erewash". BBC News. Archived from the original on 20 May 2017. Retrieved 22 October 2017.
  11. ^ a b "Maggie Throup MP". parliament.uk. Archived from the original on 22 October 2017. Retrieved 22 October 2017.
  12. ^ "EU vote: Where the cabinet and other MPs stand". BBC News. 22 June 2016. Archived from the original on 3 October 2017. Retrieved 22 October 2017.
  13. ^ "Erewash". BBC News. Archived from the original on 20 May 2017. Retrieved 22 October 2017.
  14. ^ "Maggie Throup MP". GOV.UK. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  15. ^ "Obesity". parliament.uk. Archived from the original on 22 October 2017. Retrieved 22 October 2017.
  16. ^ "Register of All-Party Parliamentary Groups" (PDF). parliament.uk. 8 November 2017. pp. 508, 533, 652.
  17. ^ "Election Expenses Exposed". Channel 4 News. 23 June 2016. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  18. ^ "No charges over 2015 Conservative battle bus cases". BBC. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  19. ^ "Housing Bill: Tories aren't the only party whose MPs are landlords". International Business Times. 21 January 2016. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  20. ^ "Three Tory Derbyshire MPs claim £10k on first-class train tickets in a year". Derby Telegraph. 8 September 2017. Retrieved 8 August 2018.

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Jessica Lee
Member of Parliament
for Erewash

2015–present
Incumbent