Selaine Saxby

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Selaine Saxby

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Member of Parliament
for North Devon
Assumed office
12 December 2019
Preceded byPeter Heaton-Jones
Majority14,813 (26.6%)
Personal details
Born
Selaine Rachel Saxby

(1970-11-25) 25 November 1970 (age 50)
Coventry, England
Political partyConservative
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge
Websitewww.selainesaxby.org.uk

Selaine Rachel Saxby (born 25 November 1970) is a British Conservative Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for North Devon since the 2019 general election. She is also a councillor on North Devon Council.[1]

Early life[edit]

Saxby was born in Coventry in the West Midlands in November 1970 to parents Kenneth Saxby and Pamela Saxby. Her father is a former headteacher.[2]

She atended Eastbourne Sixth Form College, before studying mathematics and management at Magdalene College, University of Cambridge, where she gained a BA First Class Honours degree in Maths and Management Studies in 1992.[1]

She founded the independent sports bra retailer Lessbounce Ltd. in 2000, and ran the business until 2016, when it went into liquidation.[3][4][5][6] During this period, she was one of the signatories to a letter of support from small business owners endorsing the Conservatives at the 2015 general election.[4]

Saxby also founded Pink Aerobics, which organised aerobics events to raise money for breast cancer charities; it raised over £500,000.[7][3] She was the chief of staff for Bath MP Ben Howlett between 2015 and 2017.[8] From 2017 to 2018, she was a Business Support Consultant.[1]

She retrained as a secondary school mathematics teacher and taught at Bideford College in Devon between 2018 and 2019.[9][10]

Parliamentary career[edit]

Saxby stood as the Conservative Party candidate for Llanelli at the 2015 general election, traditionally a safe seat for the Labour Party. She finished in fourth place behind the Labour, Plaid Cymru, and UKIP candidates.[11]

In May 2019, Saxby was elected to represented Instow ward on North Devon Council.[12][13] She was selected as the Conservative candidate for North Devon on 11 November 2019,[9] and was elected as MP for the constituency at the 2019 general election with a majority of 14,813 (26.6%). Saxby is the first female MP for the constituency.[14] She has been a member of the Work and Pensions Select Committee since March 2020.[15]

In October 2020, following a controversial vote in Parliament against a Labour motion to extend free school meals for vulnerable children during the holidays until Easter 2021, Saxby was criticised after she attacked local businesses who stepped in to offer free meals, in a Facebook post that she later deleted. Saxby said in a statement that she regretted any offence that "may have been caused".[16][17][18]

Personal life[edit]

Saxby lists her recreations in Who's Who as "surfing, gig rowing, cycling, running, walking George my labrador".[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Saxby, Selaine Rachel, (born 25 Nov. 1970), MP (C) North Devon, since 2019". WHO'S WHO & WHO WAS WHO. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.u293997. Retrieved 1 May 2021.
  2. ^ "New North Devon MP has a Harlow connection". Your Harlow. 21 December 2019. Retrieved 24 October 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b Bond, Daniel (16 December 2019). "Class of 2019: Meet the MPs". Politics Home. Retrieved 18 January 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ a b Neilan, Catherine (27 April 2015). "General Election 2015: At least six of the small business owners who signed the Conservative letter of support are also Tory candidates". City A.M. Retrieved 18 January 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "LessBounce.com in liquidation". Underlines. 13 April 2016. Retrieved 18 January 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Lessbounce Limited". Companies House. Retrieved 18 January 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Ross, Corey (26 June 2010). "Honour for Selaine". Salisbury Journal. Retrieved 18 January 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ Saxby, Selaine (19 November 2019). "Selaine Saxby: In North Devon, there is great concern about traffic congestion on local roads". ConservativeHome. Retrieved 18 January 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ a b Smart, Matt (12 November 2019). "General Election 2019: Conservatives announce new North Devon candidate". North Devon Gazette. Retrieved 18 January 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "Selaine Saxby". North Devon Conservatives. Retrieved 18 January 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ "Llanelli". UK Polling Report. Retrieved 18 January 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ "North Devon District full election 2 May 2019". North Devon Council. Retrieved 18 January 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ "Councillor Selaine Saxby". North Devon Council. Retrieved 24 October 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ "North Devon". BBC News. Retrieved 18 January 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  15. ^ "Work and Pensions Committee membership agreed". parliament.uk. 2 March 2020. Retrieved 3 March 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  16. ^ Merritt, Anita (24 October 2020). "Apology demanded from Selaine Saxby for 'attacking' hospitality industry for giving children free food". Devon Live. Retrieved 24 October 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  17. ^ Walker, Amy (24 October 2020). "Ben Bradley urged to apologise over free school meals tweets". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 October 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  18. ^ Smart, Matt (24 October 2020). "Selaine Saxby issues statement following 'attack' at businesses offering free meals for children". North Devon Gazette. Retrieved 24 October 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Peter Heaton-Jones
Member of Parliament for North Devon
2019–present
Incumbent