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Anne-Marie Belinda Trevelyan (née Beaton; born 6 April 1969) is a British Conservative Party politician, who was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Berwick upon Tweed in May 2015.[1] An outspoken Eurosceptic, she resigned as a Parliamentary Private Secretary in November 2018 over the Government's draft EU withdrawal agreement.[2][3]

Anne-Marie Trevelyan

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Member of Parliament
for Berwick upon Tweed
Assumed office
8 May 2015
Preceded byAlan Beith
Majority11,781 (27.9%)
Personal details
Born
Anne-Marie Belinda Beaton

(1969-04-06) 6 April 1969 (age 50)
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)John Trevelyan
Alma materOxford Polytechnic
WebsiteCampaign website

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Early life and careerEdit

Trevelyan was born in London on the 6 April 1969,[4] the daughter of Donald Leonard Beaton and Katherine Beaton (née Bougarel).[5] Trevelyan was privately educated at St Paul's Girls' School, Hammersmith.[6] She subsequently studied Mathematics at Oxford Polytechnic.[7][8]

She qualified as a chartered accountant with Price WaterhouseCoopers in London and worked in PwC's corporate finance department before moving to Northumberland in 1996.[9] She is a former Governor of Northumbria Healthcare Trust[10] and of Berwick Academy. Reports prepared by Trevelyan's "Dual the A1 Campaign" were submitted to the consultation to make the road a dual carriageway.[11][12]

She unsuccessfully stood as the Conservative candidate in the Morpeth North ward of Castle Morpeth Borough Council in 1999, finishing last with just under 5% of the vote. She subsequently stood as the Conservative candidate in the Hartburn ward of Castle Morpeth Borough Council in 2003, but failed to get elected. [13]

Trevelyan unsuccessfully stood in the 2010 general election as the Conservative candidate for Berwick upon Tweed, achieving a swing from the Liberal Democrats to Conservatives of 8.3%. In so doing, she reduced Sir Alan Beith’s majority from 8,632 to 2,690.[14]

Parliamentary careerEdit

At the 2015 general election, Trevelyan was elected as the MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed, gaining the seat for the Conservatives with a 4.4% swing, after the sitting MP Alan Beith stood down. She was re-elected with an increased majority in the 2017 general election.

In June 2015, Trevelyan was appointed Vice-Chairman of the newly created All-Party Parliamentary Group on Forestry.[15] In Parliament, Trevelyan served on the Public Accounts Select Committee between July 2015 – May 2017.[16]

In November 2015, she was appointed to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.[17] In January 2018, Trevelyan was appointed as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Gavin Williamson in the Ministry of Defence.[18]

In January 2016, the Labour Party unsuccessfully proposed an amendment in Parliament that would have required private landlords to make their homes "fit for human habitation". According to Parliament's register of interests, Trevelyan was one of 72 Conservative MPs who voted against the amendment who personally derived an income from renting out property. The Conservative Government had responded to the amendment that they believed homes should be fit for human habitation but did not want to pass the new law that would explicitly require it.[19]

In May 2016, it was reported that Trevelyan was one of a number of Conservative MPs being investigated by police in the United Kingdom general election, 2015 party spending investigation, for allegedly spending more than the legal limit on constituency election campaign expenses.[20] In May 2017, the Crown Prosecution Service said that while there was evidence of inaccurate spending returns, it did not "meet the test" for further action.[21]

She has campaigned for improving rural broadband, dualling the A1 road, bringing investment to the county, and for promoting the armed forces covenant,[22] as well as for reducing plastic packaging.[23] She opposes the ban on fox hunting[24] and supports fracking, including voting in support of fracking under Northumberland National Park.[25]

In April 2018, Trevelyan was criticised by the Alnwick Labour Party in the wake of the Poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal over claims that a Russian businessman gave almost £50,000 to fund her 2015 General Election campaign. The Labour Party questioned why the Conservative Party was accepting large donations from such sources. Trevelyan stated that the man in question was now a British citizen who had invested significantly in the region, while she had personally not received any funds from Mr Temerko, with funds going to the Berwick-upon-Tweed Conservative Association.[26]

On 1 November 2018, Trevelyan referred Labour Shadow Minister Kate Osamor to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, stating her "failure to uphold" the code of conduct for MPs.[27] Osamor denied any wrongdoing and called the referral "politically motivated".[citation needed]

On 15 November 2018, Trevelyan resigned from her post as a Parliamentary Private Secretary over Theresa May's draft EU withdrawal agreement.[2][3]

EuroscepticismEdit

In June 2015, Trevelyan joined the Conservatives for Britain group, a Eurosceptic group within the Conservative Party which has since moved closer to outright opposition to British membership of the European Union. She subsequently joined the European Research Group - the primary Eurosceptic lobbying group within Parliament, which is currently chaired by Jacob Rees-Mogg.[28] Trevelyan advocated a vote in favour of Brexit for the 2016 EU membership referendum.[29] In March 2018, she attended a protest in London organised by the 'Fishing for Leave' group against proposed access to British waters for EU fisherman up to 2021. The event included the UKIP MEP Nigel Farage. The Independent reported that Trevelyan faced calls for her sacking as a Ministerial Aide for attending the event in defiance of an order from Conservative whips for party MPs not to take part.[30]

Personal lifeEdit

Trevelyan lives in Netherwitton Hall, a Grade II Listed Country House near Morpeth, and London.[22][31] Anne-Marie is married to John Trevelyan,[32] owner of the Netherwitton Hall Estates in Northumberland and has two teenage children.[33][34] In October 2017, she said that her teenage son might not have voted for her if he had been old enough to vote.[35] She took part in the Singing for Syrians concert at Westminster in December 2017.[12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "BBC Election 2015: Berwick upon Tweed". BBC News. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
  2. ^ a b Sparrow, Andrew (15 November 2018). "May hit by two cabinet resignations as Raab and McVey quit over Brexit plan". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 November 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Anne-Marie Trevelyan resignation letter". Twitter. 15 November 2018. Retrieved 15 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Trevelyan, Anne-Marie Belinda". Who's Who. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  5. ^ Burke's Peerage, volume 3 (2003), p. 3,932
  6. ^ "TREVELYAN, Anne-Marie Belinda", Who's Who 2016[, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2016.
  7. ^ "Anne-Marie Trevelyan Profile". Linkedin. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  8. ^ Wheatstone, Richard; Wearmouth, Rachel (7 February 2016). "Police 'advised MP not to pursue attempted rape report' due to conviction rates". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  9. ^ "The accountants' election". www.siftmedia.co.uk. 29 April 2010. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  10. ^ "Northumbria Healthcare Trust: Members and Governors". Northumbria Healthcare Trust. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  11. ^ "A1 North of Newcastle Feasibility Study" (PDF). Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  12. ^ a b "MP sings at flagship 'Sing for Syrians' concert". Teamtrevelyan.co.uk. 13 December 2017. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  13. ^ "Castle Morpeth Borough Council Election Results 1973-2007" (PDF). Plymouth University. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  14. ^ "Berwick Tories choose Anne-Marie Trevelyan to be their parliamentary candidate". ConservativeHome. 9 February 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2017.
  15. ^ "Register Of All-Party Parliamentary Groups". GOV.UK. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  16. ^ "Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP". GOV.UK. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  17. ^ Letter from Parliamentary Clerk, 20 November 2015.
  18. ^ "New appointments this week in UK politics, civil service and public affairs". Politics Home. 29 January 2018. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  19. ^ "Tories vote down law requiring landlords make their homes fit for human habitation". Independent. 13 January 2016. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  20. ^ "Election Expenses Exposed". Channel 4 News. 23 June 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  21. ^ "No charges over 2015 Conservative battle bus cases". BBC News. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  22. ^ a b "About Anne-Marie". Personal website. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  23. ^ "As my plastic-free quest continues, I believe only a levy on disposable coffee cups will break a nasty national habit". Independent. Independent. 12 March 2018. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  24. ^ "Your view: Is the hunting ban right". The Telegraph. The Telegraph. 16 February 2005. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  25. ^ "North East MP comes under fire over Northumberland National Park fracking vote". The Chronicle. 2 January 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  26. ^ "MP responds to £50,000 election-donation claims". The Chronicle. 19 April 2018. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  27. ^ "Kate Osamor referred to watchdog over son's drug conviction". BBC News. Retrieved 1 December 2018.
  28. ^ "Letter from European Research Group to PM May". Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  29. ^ Tom Goodenough (16 February 2016). "Which Tory MPs back Brexit, who doesn't and who is still on the fence?". The Spectator. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  30. ^ "Brexit: Ministerial aides demand Gavin Williamson's parliamentary private secretary is sacked over fishing protest". Independent. Independent. 22 March 2018. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  31. ^ "IPSA record". IPSA. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  32. ^ Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP. "About Anne-Marie - Member of Parliament for Berwick-upon-Tweed". Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  33. ^ "Netherwitton Hall, Morpeth". Historic England. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  34. ^ "Victory in wind farm fight". Northumberland Gazette. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  35. ^ Buchan, Lizzy (2 October 2017). "Conservative party conference: Tory MP admits own teenage son might not vote for her amid concerns over lack of youth support". The Independent. Retrieved 6 June 2018.

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