Victoria Prentis

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Victoria Prentis

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Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Leader of the House of Commons
Assumed office
11 June 2017
Prime MinisterTheresa May
LeaderAndrea Leadsom
Mel Stride
Preceded byKevin Hollinrake
Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Department for Transport
In office
27 July 2016 – 11 June 2017
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Sec. of StateChris Grayling
Preceded byNeil Parish
Succeeded byBim Afolami
Member of Parliament
for Banbury
Assumed office
7 May 2015
Preceded byTony Baldry
Majority12,399 (20.1%)
Personal details
Born (1971-03-24) 24 March 1971 (age 48)
Banbury, England, UK
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Sebastian Prentis
Alma materRoyal Holloway, University of London
Downing College, Cambridge
WebsiteOfficial website

Victoria Mary Boswell Prentis (born 24 March 1971) is a British Conservative politician who was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Banbury at the 2015 general election, and was re-elected at the 2017 general election.[1] She was Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to junior ministers in the Department for Transport between July 2016 and June 2017. Prentis is currently the Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Leader of the House of Commons a post she has held since June 2017.

Early life and career[edit]

She was born Victoria Boswell, in Banbury, and grew up on the family farm in nearby Aynho. She was educated at Royal Holloway, University of London and Downing College, Cambridge, from where she has degrees in English and Law.[2] She is the daughter of Tim Boswell, Baron Boswell of Aynho, who was MP for Daventry from 1987 to 2010.[3]

Prentis qualified as a barrister in 1995, she joined the Civil Service in 1997, leaving in November 2014. Her last job for the government was leading the "Justice and Security team" at the Treasury Solicitor's Department.[4]

Parliamentary career[edit]

In November 2014, Prentis was selected as the Conservative candidate for the Banbury constituency at the 2015 general election. She retained the safe seat for the Conservatives (held by them since 1922). In Parliament she sits on the Justice Select Committee and the Select Committee on Statutory Instruments. Prentis is an opponent of High Speed 2, believing it will affect her constituency.[5] She rebelled against the Conservative government when the HS2 Bill received its second reading in the House of Commons in March 2016.[6]

Prentis was a founding supporter of Conservatives for Reform in Europe, a group which campaigned in support of the UK’s membership of a reformed European Union. Accordingly, she declared that she would vote remain in the 2016 referendum on the UK's membership of the EU.[7][8]

Prentis supported Theresa May's candidacy during the 2016 Conservative leadership contest.[9] She was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to junior ministers in the Department for Transport in July 2016.

She was re-elected as the MP for Banbury in the 2017 general election.[10]

In May 2019, she endorsed candidate Rory Stewart for the leadership of the Conservative Party.[11]

Personal life[edit]

She is married to Sebastian Prentis, a barrister, whom she met when they were both students at the University of Cambridge. The couple have two daughters and live in Somerton, Oxfordshire.[2][12]


  1. ^ "Banbury parliamentary constituency 2015". BBC News Online. Retrieved 15 May 2015.
  2. ^ a b "About Victoria". Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  3. ^ Wallace, Mark (8 November 2014). "Victoria Prentis selected in Banbury". Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  4. ^ "Banbury Guardian: Top government lawyer chosen as Conservative candidate for Banbury". North Oxfordshire Conservatives. 8 November 2014. Archived from the original on 6 May 2015.
  5. ^ "Victoria's views". Retrieved 28 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Victoria Prentis to vote against HS2". Retrieved 25 July 2016.
  7. ^ "Victoria's Views | Victoria Prentis". Retrieved 23 June 2016.
  8. ^ Goodenough, Tom (16 February 2016). "Which Tory MPs back Brexit, who doesn't and who is still on the fence?". The Spectator. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  9. ^ "Victoria back Theresa May". Retrieved 25 July 2016.
  10. ^ "Banbury parliamentary constituency 2017". BBC News Online. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  11. ^
  12. ^ "General election update: Prentis says Banbury MP role is an 'extraordinary privilege'". Banbury Guardian. 8 May 2015. Archived from the original on 15 May 2015. Retrieved 15 May 2015.

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Tony Baldry
Member of Parliament
for Banbury