Jenny Willott

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Jenny Willott - MP for Cardiff CentralJenny was educated at Wimbledon High School before winning a scholarship to Uppingham School. She studied Classics at Durham University and then, following her MSc in Development Studies at the London School of Economics, she became Head of Office for Welsh Liberal Democrat MP, Lembit Opik. Whilst working for Lembit she was elected in 1998 as the youngest councillor on Merton Council, where she sat on the Environment Committee.

Before getting elected in 2005 as the first woman ever to represent central Cardiff, and the first Liberal since the 1920s, she worked for a number of charities. She worked for the children's charity Barnardo's in their Welsh fostering and adoption project, and she was Head of Advocacy for UNICEF UK, part of the UN Children's Fund.

She has also worked overseas, spending part of her gap year living in Switzerland, and later working for a women's organisation in Bihar in Northern India. Immediately before being elected as an MP, she worked as head of Victim Support South Wales, based in Cardiff.

As an MP her work on local issues includes: campaigning against the Council Tax and tuition fees; and for fair pensions for former Allied Steel and Wire workers. She has led the campaign in Parliament for justice for those who received contaminated blood from NHS treatment and has campaigned hard for the Government to invest more in improved energy efficiency and renewable sources of energy. In Parliament, she has been a member of the Work and Pensions Select Committee and the Public Administration Select Committee, as well as being a Deputy Chief Whip and Ministry of Justice spokesperson. In 2007 she chaired the Liberal Democrat Welsh Assembly election campaign. In June 2008 Jenny became Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions before being appointed Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. Following the 2010 election she was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to Rt Hon Chris Huhne MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, but she resigned this position in order to vote against the Government over increasing tuition fees. She is now co-chair of the Lib Dem Parliamentary Committee on Work and Pensions.

Jenny's particular interests include poverty, crime, human rights, social justice, environmental and international development issues.


Various charitable organisations, including head of Victim Support South Wales, Chief Researcher for Lembit Opik MP.

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June 2010 - Co-Chair Lib Dem Work and Pensions Committee, June-Dec 2010 PPS for Chris Huhne MP, Jan 2009-May 2010 Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, 2008-2009 Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, 2006-2008 Deputy Chief Whip, 2005-2010 Work and Pensions Select Committee, 2005-2010 Public Administration Select Committee.


Music, reading and travelling.

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