Heather Wheeler

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Heather Wheeler

MP
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Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State
for Housing and Homelessness
Assumed office
9 January 2018
Prime Minister Theresa May
Sec. of State Sajid Javid
James Brokenshire
Preceded by Marcus Jones
Lord Commissioner of the Treasury
In office
15 June 2017 9 January 2018
Prime Minister Theresa May
Chancellor Philip Hammond
Preceded by Guy Opperman
Succeeded by Rebecca Harris
Assistant Government Whip
In office
17 July 2016 15 June 2017
Prime Minister Theresa May
Chief Whip Gavin Williamson
Member of Parliament
for South Derbyshire
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Mark Todd
Majority11,970 (22.7%)
Personal details
Born (1959-05-14) 14 May 1959 (age 59) [1]
Norwich, Norfolk, England [2]
NationalityBritish
Political party Conservatives
Spouse(s)Bob
ChildrenHarriet
Website www.heatherwheeler.org.uk

Heather Kay Wheeler [3] (born 14 May 1959) is a British Conservative Party politician, who was first elected at the 2010 general election as the Member of Parliament (MP) for South Derbyshire, taking the seat from the Labour Party after 13 years. [4] She currently serves as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Conservative Party (UK) Political party in the United Kingdom

The Conservative Party, officially the Conservative and Unionist Party, is a centre-right political party in the United Kingdom. The governing party since 2010, it is the largest in the House of Commons, with 313 Members of Parliament, and also has 249 members of the House of Lords, 18 members of the European Parliament, 31 Members of the Scottish Parliament, 12 members of the Welsh Assembly, eight members of the London Assembly and 9,008 local councillors.

South Derbyshire (UK Parliament constituency) Parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom

South Derbyshire is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Heather Wheeler, a Conservative.

The Labour Party is a centre-left political party in the United Kingdom which has been described as an alliance of social democrats, democratic socialists and trade unionists. The party's platform emphasises greater state intervention, social justice and strengthening workers' rights.

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Early life and local government career

Wheeler, nee Wilkinson, was born in Norwich on the 14 May 1959. She was brought up and privately educated in Wandsworth and was elected a Conservative member for West Hill ward on Wandsworth London Borough Council at the age of 22 in May 1982. [5] After serving a full council term, she married her husband Bob, moving in 1986 to Bretby, south Derbyshire. [6]

Wandsworth district of south-west London, England

Wandsworth Town is a district of south London within the London Borough of Wandsworth. It is situated 4.6 miles (7.4 km) southwest of Charing Cross. The area is identified in the London Plan as one of 35 major centres in Greater London.

Wandsworth London Borough Council local authority for the London Borough of Wandsworth in Greater London, England

Wandsworth London Borough Council is the local authority for the London Borough of Wandsworth in Greater London, England. It is a London borough council, one of 32 in the United Kingdom capital of London. Wandsworth is divided into 20 wards, each electing three councillors. After the May 2018 election, 33 of these councillors were Conservatives and 26 were Labour, with 1 independent. Since 1978, the Conservatives have had an overall majority on the council.

Bretby village and civil parish in South Derbyshire, England

Bretby is a village and civil parish in the south of Derbyshire, England, north of Swadlincote and east of Burton upon Trent, on the border between Derbyshire and Staffordshire. The population of the civil parish as of the 2011 census was 893. The name means "dwelling place of Britons". On the A511 road, there is a secondary settlement, Stanhope Bretby, which was the site of Bretby Colliery.

After working for Lloyds insurance brokers for 10 years, she joined The Chartered Insurance Institute as an Associate. [6]

Wheeler was first elected to South Derbyshire District Council in 1995 for the safe Conservative seat of Repton. She went on to became leader of the council's Conservative group and became Leader of the Council between 2007-2010. She was successfully re-elected as a councillor for Repton ward until 2011: her daughter, Harriet, unsuccessfully stood as a Conservative candidate in Swadlincote ward in 2011, whilst husband Bob successfully defended his marginal Linton ward and continued as Leader of the council. [7]

Parliamentary career

Wheeler stood unsuccessfully at the 2001 and 2005 general elections as her party's candidate for Coventry South. [8] Wheeler was a member of the Conservative Party's A-List [9] prior to being selected to contest the South Derbyshire constituency. At the 2010 general election, she gained the seat from Labour with a majority of 7,128; there was a 9.8% swing to the Conservatives. Following her election as a Member of Parliament she stood aside as Conservative council group leader. She was re-elected in 2015 and 2017, with the former defying polling that suggested her seat would be vulnerable following the Conservative Government's failure to award a major contract to local train manufacturer Bombardier. [10] [11]

Coventry South (UK Parliament constituency) Parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom

Coventry South is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since its 1997 recreation by Jim Cunningham of the Labour Party.

The Conservative A-List or Priority List was a list of United Kingdom candidates drawn up by Conservative Central Office at the behest of David Cameron after his election as party leader in December 2005, aimed as a means of broadening the number of Conservative Members of Parliament, potential Peers of the Realm and MEPs from minority groups and women as well as other preferred candidates for candidature. Where the preferred forums for selection were held at least two members from the list were put to every open primary, and where these were not held the A-list were recommended directly, particularly to the top target seats.

In the House of Commons she sat on the Standards and Privileges Committee, the European Scrutiny Committee and the Communities and Local Government Committee. [8] She was also a member of the Public Bill Committee for the Defence Reform Act 2014. [12]

House of Commons of the United Kingdom Lower house in the Parliament of the United Kingdom

The House of Commons is the lower house of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. Like the upper house, the House of Lords, it meets in the Palace of Westminster. Officially, the full name of the house is the Honourable the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Parliament assembled. Owing to shortage of space, its office accommodation extends into Portcullis House.

The Standards and Privileges Committee of the United Kingdom House of Commons was established in 1995 to replace the earlier Committee of Privileges. Ten Members of Parliament sit to make recommendations to the House on complaints of breach of Parliamentary privilege. It was itself replaced on 7 January 2013, when it was split into the Committee on Standards and the Committee of Privileges.

Defence Reform Act 2014

The Defence Reform Act 2014 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It has 51 sections and seven schedules, and is concerned with defence procurement and the UK Reserve Forces, particularly the Territorial Army.

Wheeler was one of 79 Conservative MPs who supported a 2011 rebel motion calling for a referendum on the European Union. [13] She also joined a 2013 rebel amendment expressing regret at not including the referendum in the government's plans. [14] She subsequently backed the government's plans to hold a referendum in 2017 and opposed a proposal to hold it in 2014. [15] Wheeler backed Leave in the referendum. [16]

In January 2018, Wheeler was appointed as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, with responsibility for homelessness and rough sleeping as well as the private rented and leasehold sectors. [17]

Controversies

In August 2016, following the 2016 Rio Olympics, the European Union social media account shared a modified medals table showing its combined member states in first place. Wheeler tweeted in response that the British Empire had won the 2016 Rio Olympics along with a map of former imperial territories. [18] [19] . Her comments were attacked by critics as being "deeply offensive to so many people and their ancestors" and "insensitive and ignorant", but she rejected calls to apologise, instead arguing that her comments were "tongue-in-cheek". [20]

In September 2017, Wheeler was criticised for claiming expenses for first class tickets when she travelled by rail, despite official guidance from parliamentary watchdog IPSA – set up in the wake of the 2009 expenses scandal – saying politicians should “consider value for money” when booking tickets. However, she argued that her claims were permissible within the expenses rules and that the first class tickets were cheaper than some standard class tickets available. [21]

In March 2018, following her promotion to a Government position with responsibility for homelessness, Wheeler told the Guardian newspaper that she did not know why the number of rough sleepers had increased in recent years. Wheeler rejected the suggestion that welfare reforms and council cuts relating to her Government had contributed to the rise. [22] Earlier in the same month, Wheeler promised to resign if the number of people rough sleeping got worse while she was in office. [23]

Personal life

Wheeler's late husband Bob was a Conservative councillor who was made leader of South Derbyshire District Council in 2010, after his wife stepped down from the role on becoming an MP. He stood down as Leader of the Council in January 2018. [24]

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Mark Todd
Member of Parliament for South Derbyshire
2010–present
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