Annette has been the Member of Parliament for Mid Dorset and North Poole since 2001. She was educated at the London School of Economics and then at Cambridge University, where she graduated as a teacher.
Before becoming an MP, Annette was a councillor for Poole Borough Council, where she held posts as the Deputy Leader, the Chair of Planning, Chair of Education and Mayor of Poole. Prior to her career in politics Annette was a tutor with the Open University for 19 years from 1971, and a teacher in colleges of further education and schools from 1974 to 1994.
Record Of Delivery
Annette has a strong record of delivering for local people. As an MP, Annette has:
- Worked in government to give 163,100 people in Dorset a £700 tax cut
- Pressed the Government successfully for capital funding for Montacute School
- Campaigned successfully for a Centre of Excellence for Endometriosis at Poole Hospital
- Continues to campaign for a new maternity wing at Poole Hospital
- Supported Wareham residents in their opposition to the County Council’s plans not to replace the pedestrian crossing at the railway site
Annette continues to campaign on small community issues, in particular local transport issues.
Annette is Chair of the Parliamentary Liberal Democrat Party and is a member of the Chairmen's Panel in Parliament.
Annette was Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Children, Young People and Families before the 2010 General Election, a post she took up in February 2004 and was honoured with the title of Female MP of the Year in 2010 for her work on children and young people’s issues.
While in Parliament, Annette has campaigned on a number of issues, including justice for Park Home owners. As Chair of the APPG on M.E. and Co-Chair of the APPG on Breast Cancer she has worked hard to highlight issues surrounding the illnesses. She has also worked consistently to raise the profile of microfinance, and set up the All Party Parliamentary Group on Microfinance which recently celebrated its tenth birthday.
Annette received an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List 2013 for service to political and public life.
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