A look at five new faces on the Conservative benches.
- Nigel Huddleston, Mid-Worcestershire
Nigel Huddleston replaced Sir Peter Luff as the MP for the safe seat of Mid-Worcestershire. He previously worked for Google. He is expected to take an interest in business and technology issues in the House of Commons, but as the MP representing the area on which The Archers’ Borsetshire is based, farming and rural issues will be a priority too.
- Andrea Jenkyns, Morley and Outwood
Andrea Jenkyns became a Conservative star after defeating then Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls. A former Miss UK, finalist, she worked in the retail sector and education as a music teacher and a soprano singer. She recently graduated as a mature student with a degree in international relations and economics. She helps run a charity focused on reducing the risk of MRSA and antimicrobial resistance as well as number of children’s charities.
- Tom Pursglove, Corby
At 25 Tom Pursglove is the youngest Conservative MP. A councillor by the age of 18, he won the marginal seat of Corby which had fallen to Labour in the 2012 by-election following Louise Mensch’s decision to stand down. A former staffer to Peter Bone, the leader of the so-called ‘awkward squad’ of Conservative MPs, Pursglove has already made is voice heard as a Eurosceptic and opponent of wind turbines.
- Dr Tania Mathias, Twickenham
Dr Mathias won Twickenham from the former Business Secretary Vince Cable. She has a background as refugee worker for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Gaza and before her election she was an NHS doctor. She is likely to be a high profile voice on health, social care, education and international development.
- Lucy Frazer QC MP, South East Cambridgeshire
Lucy Frazer replaced Sir James Paice, increasing the majority in what is now a very safe seat. The Cambridge educated barrister, who took silk in 2013, was once described as ’successful at everything’ and she is expected to be a quickly rising star.