Rachel Maclean (politician)

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Rachel Maclean

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Member of Parliament
for Redditch
Assumed office
9 June 2017
Preceded byKaren Lumley
Majority7,363 (16.3%)
Personal details
Born (1965-10-03) 3 October 1965 (age 53)
Madras, Madras State, India
Political partyConservative
David Maclean (m. 1992)
Alma materSt Hugh's College, Oxford,
Aston University

Rachel Helen Maclean[1] (born 3 October 1965) is a Conservative Party politician who is Member of Parliament for Redditch in Worcestershire, who was elected in the 2017 snap general election.

Early life and education[edit]

Rachel Helen Cooke was born on 3 October 1965 in Madras (now Chennai), India to David and Anthea Cooke.[2] She studied Experimental Psychology at St Hugh's College, Oxford and obtained a master's degree in Work and Occupational Psychology at Aston University. After graduation, she entered a fast track management scheme in 1989 at HSBC which involved working in Australia, Japan and China. In 2005, Maclean founded a publishing company specialising in information technology with her husband, David.[3]

Parliamentary career[edit]

Maclean contested the Birmingham Northfield seat in the 2015 general election, where she finished second behind the incumbent Labour Party MP Richard Burden.[4][5] She voted for the United Kingdom to remain within the European Union in the June 2016 membership referendum,[3] but has consistently said it is her 'duty' to work with the Government to deliver Brexit after 62% of voters in Redditch who voted in the referendum voted to leave the European Union.

In April 2017, Karen Lumley, Conservative MP for Redditch announced that she would not contest her seat in the June snap general election due to ill health.[6] The following month, Maclean was selected to be the Conservative candidate in the election.[7] She won the seat at the election with 23,652 votes and a majority of 7,363 (16.3%).[8] In the same year, Maclean also co-chaired Andy Street's successful campaign to become the Mayor of the West Midlands.[3] In July, in her maiden parliamentary speech, she commented that her main priority would be 'to fight to protect and strengthen local health services' especially the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch.[9]

In February 2018, Maclean was elected to be the chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Women in Parliament.[10] She is also the chair of the APPG on Carers and the APPG on Endangered Species.[11] The following month, she was appointed as a Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) within the Home Office.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Rachel lives in the Redditch County constituency and has been married to David Maclean since 1992.[2] They have four children.[3][13]


  1. ^ "No. 61961". The London Gazette. 19 June 2017. p. 11786.
  2. ^ a b "Who's Who (online edition)". Oxford University Press. 1 December 2017. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d Carr, Tim; Dale, Iain; Waller, Robert (7 September 2017). The Politicos Guide to the New House of Commons 2017. Biteback Publishing. pp. 341–342. ISBN 978-1-78590-278-9.
  4. ^ "Birmingham, Northfield". General Elections Online. Retrieved 8 February 2018.
  5. ^ Wright, Oliver (7 May 2014). "General election 2015: A Birmingham seat where the Tories come up against their race problem". The Independent. Retrieved 8 February 2018.
  6. ^ "Redditch MP Karen Lumley to stand down due to ill health". BBC News. 29 April 2017. Retrieved 8 February 2018.
  7. ^ Phibbs, Harry (6 May 2017). "Exclusive: Rachel Maclean is selected as the Conservative candidate for Redditch". Conservative Home.
  8. ^ "Election 2017: Redditch". BBC News. 9 June 2017. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  9. ^ Maclean, Rachel (3 July 2017). "Air Travel Organisers' Licensing Bill". Hansard. Retrieved 10 February 2018.
  10. ^ Russell, Ben (8 February 2018). "Redditch MP Rachel Maclean elected chairman of influential parliamentary women's group". Redditch Advertiser. Retrieved 10 February 2018.
  11. ^ "Register of All-Party Parliamentary Groups" (PDF). parliament.uk. 31 January 2018. pp. 302, 423. Retrieved 10 February 2018.
  12. ^ "Rachel Maclean MP promoted to Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) within the Home Office". Redditch Advertiser. 6 March 2018. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  13. ^ "About Rachel". Rachel Maclean. Retrieved 13 March 2018.

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Karen Lumley
Member of Parliament for Redditch