Tessa Munt was born in 1959 in Surrey, the eldest of four children. Initially convent educated, she attended a girls' grammar school before finishing her education at an independent school and college.
She married Martin in 1992. They live on the Somerset Levels with Martin's daughter, their two children and three dogs.
Tessa was the candidate for Suffolk South in the 2001 General Election and for Ipswich in the November 2001 Parliamentary by-election. She was elected as MP for Wells in May 2010.
Tessa is vegetarian, listing among her interests reading, horseriding, walking, listening to music and radio, entertaining, East African history and researching her family's history.
Following the appointment of Jo Swinson as PPS to the Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg, Tessa was appointed as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Liberal Democrat Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Vince Cable.
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