|Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Sport, Heritage and Tourism|
12 May 2015
Leave of absence: January-June 2016
|Prime Minister||David Cameron
|Preceded by||Helen Grant|
|Member of Parliament
for Chatham and Aylesford
6 May 2010
|Preceded by||Jonathan Shaw|
24 July 1975 |
Ashford, Kent, England
|Alma mater||Hull University|
Tracey Elizabeth Anne Crouch (born 24 July 1975) is a British Conservative Party politician. She is Member of Parliament (MP) for Chatham and Aylesford, having won the seat at the 2010 election.
Crouch was a parliamentary researcher from 1996 to 1998 before working in PR for Harcourt Public Affairs from 1999 to 2000. She returned to Westminster and held posts as chief of staff to three shadow ministers, including the shadow Home Secretary between 2003 and 2005. Crouch then moved to Aviva where she was the head of public affairs between 2005 and 2010. Before becoming a minister, she coached a junior girls' football team.
Crouch was elected as the Conservative MP for Chatham and Aylesford with a majority of 6,069 - the largest majority since the creation of the constituency. She won with a 46.2% share of the vote - a swing of 9.4% to the Conservatives. The Daily Telegraph listed her as one of their "pragmatic, Eurosceptic" new MPs who seeks to "anchor the [Conservative] party to the right of centre". Crouch describes herself as a "compassionate, One-Nation Conservative" 
Crouch voted against the badger cull, speaking during the debates on the subject in October 2012 and June 2013. She congratulated other Conservative MPs for voting against or abstaining on the vote, describing the cull as "barbaric and indiscriminate".
She has also rebelled against the government in voting against press regulation and in support of mesothelioma victims. She voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 . In 2015 she won the Aylesford & Chatham election with 50% of people voting for her.
On 12 May 2015 she was made Minister for Sport.
Crouch had always wanted to be sports minister, but had a miscarriage during the 2015 general election campaign, leaving her initially uncertain as to whether to take up David Cameron's offer of the post. She gave birth to her first child in February 2016, and became the first Conservative minister ever to take maternity leave. 
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|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
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