| Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State |
for Housing and Homelessness
9 January 2018
|Prime Minister||Theresa May|
|Sec. of State|| Sajid Javid |
|Preceded by||Marcus Jones|
|Lord Commissioner of the Treasury|
15 June 2017 –9 January 2018
|Prime Minister||Theresa May|
|Preceded by||Guy Opperman|
|Succeeded by||Rebecca Harris|
|Assistant Government Whip|
17 July 2016 –15 June 2017
|Prime Minister||Theresa May|
|Chief Whip||Gavin Williamson|
| Member of Parliament |
for South Derbyshire
6 May 2010
|Preceded by||Mark Todd|
|Born|| 14 May 1959 |
Norwich, Norfolk, England
Heather Kay Wheeler(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. She currently serves as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.
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 is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Heather Wheeler, a Conservative.
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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.After serving a full council term, she married her husband Bob, moving in 1986 to Bretby, south Derbyshire.
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After working for Lloyds insurance brokers for 10 years, she joined The Chartered Insurance Institute as an Associate.
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.
Wheeler stood unsuccessfully at the 2001 and 2005 general elections as her party's candidate for Coventry South.Wheeler was a member of the Conservative Party's A-List 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.
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In the House of Commons she sat on the Standards and Privileges Committee, the European Scrutiny Committee and the Communities and Local Government Committee.She was also a member of the Public Bill Committee for the Defence Reform Act 2014.
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Wheeler was one of 79 Conservative MPs who supported a 2011 rebel motion calling for a referendum on the European Union.She also joined a 2013 rebel amendment expressing regret at not including the referendum in the government's plans. She subsequently backed the government's plans to hold a referendum in 2017 and opposed a proposal to hold it in 2014. Wheeler backed Leave in the referendum.
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.
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.. 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".
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.
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.Earlier in the same month, Wheeler promised to resign if the number of people rough sleeping got worse while she was in office.
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.
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