|Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State
17 July 2016
|Prime Minister||Theresa May|
|Preceded by||Claire Perry|
|Member of Parliament
for Blackpool North and Cleveleys
6 May 2010
|Preceded by||Constituency Created|
|Born||Paul Christopher Maynard
16 December 1975 
Crewe, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom
|Alma mater||University College, Oxford|
Paul Christopher Maynard (born 16 December 1975) is a British Conservative Party politician. He was elected at the 2010 general election as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Blackpool North and Cleveleys. In July 2016 he was made Rail Minister by new PM Theresa May.
Born in Crewe, Cheshire, Maynard was left with cerebral palsy when he was strangled by the umbilical cord at birth, and he was also left with a speech defect. He attended a special school between the ages of three and five before transferring to a local primary school. He attended St. Ambrose College, in Altrincham, and obtained a First Class History degree at University College, Oxford.
Maynard was a lay reader at his local church and was also a governor at his local Catholic primary school.
Maynard worked as an adviser to Liam Fox and as a speechwriter for William Hague, and stood as the Conservative Party candidate for Twickenham in the 2005 general election, finishing second with 32.4% of the vote.
Maynard was selected for Blackpool North and Cleveleys despite having no connection to the Fylde nor Blackpool in December 2006, having been on the "A-List". He moved to Blackpool before being elected and has remained living in the constituency since. Maynard was elected to the House of Commons in the 2010 general election with a majority of 2,150. He is the second person who has cerebral palsy to become a British MP after Terry Dicks.
During February 2011, Maynard told The Times about abuse he suffered from Labour Party MPs, who mocked his disability. He said "some were pulling faces at me, really exaggerated gesticulations and faces. Only they know for certain whether they were taking the mick out of my disability. But it certainly felt like it. That is why politics is held in such low esteem." The Mail on Sunday reported a senior Labour MP as saying "What they did was disgusting. It was obvious that Paul was upset but they sensed a weakness and went for the kill like a pack of hyenas." When Maynard refused to give way in a Parliamentary debate to Stella Creasy, male Labour MPs started mocking Mr Maynard openly by pulling faces and imitating his speech and mannerisms.
Subsequently, Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow issued a written statement warning MPs that such abuse was unacceptable. However, it was revealed Bercow had known about the incident for more than three months and did not speak to Maynard about it.
Maynard has been an active campaigner on keeping fuel prices low. He regularly pressed the Chancellor of the Exchequer george osborne to freeze the price of fuel duty on petrol. This came to fruition in the Autumn Statement 2013 when the Chancellor delivered on his promise to continue freezing fuel duty 
Maynard has long been an advocate for disabilities, with active links to the RDA, Scope and Trailblazers. In May 2016 Paul Maynard played an active role in improving accessibility of apprenticeships for people with learning disabilities. Engaging with a task force he produced a list of recommendations to be reviewed by the BIS and DWP for future consideration.
In July 2016, new Prime Minister Theresa May appointed Maynard to replace Claire Perry as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Transport. He will have responsibility for major rail projects, rail safety and security, passenger services, transport funding, accessibility, and rail fares and ticketing.
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- Paul Maynard MP Conservative Party profile
- Blackpool Conservatives
- Voting record at Public Whip
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|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|New constituency||Member of Parliament for Blackpool North and Cleveleys
|Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport