| Member of Parliament |
6 May 2010
|Preceded by||Ann, Lady Winterton|
Fiona Claire Riley
26 March 1957
Wick, Caithness, Scotland
|Spouse(s)||Richard John Bruce|
|Alma mater||University of Manchester|
|Website|| Official website |
Fiona Claire Bruce(born 26 March 1957) is a British Conservative Party politician who was elected the Member of Parliament (MP) for Congleton in the 2010 general election.
Fiona Claire Riley was born on 26 March 1957 in Wick, Caithness, Scotland to Allan Stewart and Greta Riley (née Scott).She attended Burnley High School for Girls, and the independent Howell's School, Llandaff. Riley then studied law at the University of Manchester and further studies at Chester Law College.
She was admitted as a solicitor in 1981, and has been senior partner of the firm, Fiona Bruce & Co, since its formation in 1988.
Bruce was elected in 2004 to Warrington Borough Council, on which she served as Executive Member for Finance from 2006-2009. She stepped down from the Council upon her election to Parliament in 2010.
She had unsuccessfully contested Warrington South at the 2005 general election, finishing second to the sitting Labour MP, Helen Southworth.
She was awarded the title Small Businesswoman of the Year in 2003 and gained a place on the Conservative A-List in 2006.
Following her selection as the Conservative Party candidate for the constituency, she denied that she had been chosen as a result of an orchestrated campaign by religious groups sympathetic to her evangelical Christian beliefs.Bruce is an Evangelical Alliance council member and describes "defending and fighting for the sanctity of human life" as her priority in Parliament.
She has been a member of the Scottish Affairs Select Committee since 2010.
In February 2015, Bruce introduced an amendment to the Serious Crime Bill 2014 to make abortion on the grounds of the sex of the baby illegal.The amendment was rejected by 292 votes to 201.
Bruce supported Brexit in the 2016 referendum.
In 2018 Bruce said the government's decision not to ban anti-abortion protests outside clinics was a "win for mothers".
In 2019 Bruce chaired an inquiry for the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission into prostitution, which concluded that replacing the present soliciting laws with laws making paying for sexual services a criminal offence is the most effective way of reducing the size of the prostitution market.
She married Richard John Bruce in 1990, and they have two sons.
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|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
| Member of Parliament for Congleton |