Siobhan Baillie

Baillie in 2019
Member of Parliament
for Stroud
Assumed office
12 December 2019
Preceded byDavid Drew
Majority3,840 (5.8%)
Personal details
Born (1981-08-28) 28 August 1981 (age 40)[1]
Crawley, West Sussex, England[2]
Political partyConservative
Children1
Websitewww.siobhanbaillie.org.uk

Siobhan Kathleen Baillie[3] (born 28 August 1981)[4] is a British Conservative Party politician who has served as Member of Parliament (MP) for Stroud since the 2019 general election. Prior to her parliamentary career, she was a family law solicitor, a councillor, and worked for a charity.

Early life

Baillie was born in Crawley, West Sussex, on 28 August 1981,[2] and grew up in North Yorkshire.[5] She left school at the age of 17, and worked as a legal secretary.[6] Baillie attended a law school at weekends,[5] and qualified as a family law solicitor in 2010.[7][8] Baillie also worked as the head of policy and communications for the charity, OnePlusOne.[9]

Political career

Baillie was a councillor in the London Borough of Camden from 2014[10] to 2018,[11] representing the ward of Frognal and Fitzjohns. As an opposition member she served on the Children, Schools and Families Scrutiny Committee and during the 2016-2017 civic year she chaired a review of mental health service provision for young people.[12][13]

She stood for the Bermondsey and Old Southwark seat at the 2017 general election. She was third behind the Labour and Liberal Democrat candidates with 13% of the vote.[14] She had previously unsuccessfully sought selection for the Hampstead and Kilburn constituency for the same election, and for the Barnet and Camden London Assembly seat at the 2016 election.[15][16]

Baillie was selected as the Conservative candidate for Stroud on 31 July 2018.[17] Baillie supported the UK remaining within the EU in the 2016 UK EU membership referendum, but during her 2019 election campaign indicated that she now supported Brexit, to honour the result of the referendum.[18][19] At the 2019 general election, she was elected as an MP with a majority of 3,840 (5.8%). The seat had been represented by David Drew (Labour) since the 2017 election.[20][21] Baillie is the first woman to represent the constituency.[22] She was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister of Justice in February 2020.[23] She has been a member of the Work and Pensions Select Committee since March 2020.[24]

Baillie opposes the removal of an 18th century statue in the centre of Stroud which has been described by "Stroud Against Racism" as a racist caricature of a black boy striking a bell on the side of a building. Baillie said in August 2021 that the best way to understand history is to leave all statues in place and commission others to reflect the UK's journey towards equality. She suggested that adding factual information to the side of the building would be a compromise.[25]

Personal life

Baillie is married.[22] The couple have a daughter.[26]

References

  1. ^ "Baillie, Siobhan". Politics.co.uk. Retrieved 25 March 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 8 March 2020.
  3. ^ "Members Sworn". parliament.uk. 18 December 2019. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  4. ^ Brunskill, Ian (19 March 2020). The Times guide to the House of Commons 2019 : the definitive record of Britain's historic 2019 General Election. p. 347. ISBN 978-0-00-839258-1. OCLC 1129682574.
  5. ^ a b Hinsliff, Gaby (21 November 2019). "'I'm not going to be bullied into silence.' The women defying abuse to stand as MPs". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  6. ^ Strimpel, Zoe (22 December 2019). "The new wave of Tory MPs proves elitism is dead". The Daily Telegraph.(subscription required)
  7. ^ "Siobhan Kathleen Baillie". The Law Society. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  8. ^ "What the new parliament means for health and social care" (PDF). NHS Confederation. p. 15. Retrieved 8 March 2020.
  9. ^ Weakley, Kirsty (13 December 2019). "Former charities adviser elected as a Tory MP as party wins a big majority". Civil Society. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  10. ^ "Frognal and Fitzjohns". Camden Council. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  11. ^ Osley, Richard (15 February 2018). "Conservative candidate quits council elections over Brexit". Camden New Journal. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  12. ^ "Review of mental health service provision in the London Borough of Camden for young people aged 11–19" (PDF). Camden Council. 23 March 2017. p. 1. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  13. ^ Scott, James (29 March 2017). "Camden Council pledges to put mental health at forefront of agenda for young people living in borough". Ham & High. Retrieved 8 February 2020.
  14. ^ "Bermondsey and Old Southwark". parliament.uk. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  15. ^ Osley, Richard (25 April 2017). "Tory candidate search in Hampstead and Kilburn: The final three". Camden New Journal. Retrieved 8 February 2020.
  16. ^ Osley, Richard (8 September 2015). "The search for a Tory to follow Brian Coleman: Siobhan Baillie and Tom Smith bow out". Richard Osley. Retrieved 7 January 2020.
  17. ^ Watson, Sarah Phaedre (31 July 2018). "Conservatives select their candidate to become Stroud MP". Stroud News & Journal. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  18. ^ "Camden Tory insists she hasn't been 'parachuted in' to Bermondsey & Old Southwark". Southwark News. 1 June 2017. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  19. ^ Boobyer, Leigh (5 December 2019). "Siobhan Baillie: The Conservative challenger hoping to turn Stroud blue". Gloucestershire Live. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  20. ^ "Election results 2019: Conservatives gain Stroud from Labour". BBC News. 13 December 2019. Retrieved 2 February 2020.
  21. ^ "Stroud". BBC News. Retrieved 4 February 2020.
  22. ^ a b Lal, Tamash (13 December 2019). "Meet your new Stroud MP Siobhan Baillie". Stroud News & Journal. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  23. ^ "Parliamentary Private Secretaries – April 2020" (PDF). Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  24. ^ "Work and Pensions Committee membership agreed". parliament.uk. 2 March 2020. Retrieved 3 March 2020.
  25. ^ Wall, Tom (15 August 2021). "Is time up for the 'Blackboy clock'? Racism row divides Cotswolds town". The Observer. Retrieved 15 August 2021.
  26. ^ "Conservative MP Siobhan Baillie gives birth to daughter". Express & Star. 22 May 2020. Retrieved 22 May 2020.
Parliament of the United Kingdom Preceded byDavid Drew Member of Parliament for Stroud2019–present Incumbent