|Member of Parliament |
|Assumed office |
12 December 2019
|Preceded by||David Drew|
|Born||28 August 1981|
Crawley, West Sussex, England
Siobhan Kathleen Baillie (born 28 August 1981) 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.
Baillie was born in Crawley, West Sussex, on 28 August 1981, and grew up in North Yorkshire. She left school at the age of 17, and worked as a legal secretary. Baillie attended a law school at weekends, and qualified as a family law solicitor in 2010. Baillie also worked as the head of policy and communications for the charity, OnePlusOne.
Baillie was a councillor in the London Borough of Camden from 2014 to 2018, 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.
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. 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.
Baillie was selected as the Conservative candidate for Stroud on 31 July 2018. 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. 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. Baillie is the first woman to represent the constituency. She was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister of Justice in February 2020. She has been a member of the Work and Pensions Select Committee since March 2020.
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.
Baillie is married. The couple have a daughter.