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Fiona Bruce (politician)

Fiona Claire Bruce[1] (born 26 March 1957) is a British Conservative Party politician who was elected the Member of Parliament (MP) for Congleton in the 2010 general election.[2][3]

Fiona Bruce
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Member of Parliament
for Congleton
In office
6 May 2010 – 6 November 2019
Preceded byAnn, Lady Winterton
Succeeded byElection in progress
Majority12,619 (22.4%)
Personal details
Born
Fiona Claire Riley

(1957-03-26) 26 March 1957 (age 62)
Wick, Caithness, Scotland
NationalityBritish
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Richard John Bruce
Children2
Alma materUniversity of Manchester
WebsiteOfficial website
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Early lifeEdit

Fiona Claire Riley was born on 26 March 1957 in Wick, Caithness, Scotland to Allan Stewart and Greta Riley (née Scott).[4] She attended Burnley High School for Girls, and the independent Howell's School, Llandaff.[5] Riley then studied law at the University of Manchester and further studies at Chester Law College.

She was admitted as a solicitor in 1981, and has been senior partner of the firm, Fiona Bruce & Co, since its formation in 1988.

Political careerEdit

Bruce was elected in 2004 to Warrington Borough Council, on which she served as Executive Member for Finance from 2006-2009. She stepped down from the Council upon her election to Parliament in 2010.

She had unsuccessfully contested Warrington South at the 2005 general election, finishing second to the sitting Labour MP, Helen Southworth.

She was awarded the title Small Businesswoman of the Year in 2003 and gained a place on the Conservative A-List in 2006.[6][7]

Following her selection as the Conservative Party candidate for the constituency, she denied that she had been chosen as a result of an orchestrated campaign by religious groups sympathetic to her evangelical Christian beliefs.[8] Bruce is an Evangelical Alliance council member and describes "defending and fighting for the sanctity of human life" as her priority in Parliament.[9]

She has been a member of the Scottish Affairs Select Committee since 2010.[10]

In February 2015, Bruce introduced an amendment to the Serious Crime Bill 2014 to make abortion on the grounds of the sex of the baby illegal.[11][12] The amendment was rejected by 292 votes to 201.[13]

Bruce supported Brexit in the 2016 referendum.[14]

In 2018 Bruce said the government's decision not to ban anti-abortion protests outside clinics was a "win for mothers".[15]

In 2019 Bruce chaired an inquiry for the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission into prostitution, which concluded that replacing the present soliciting laws with laws making paying for sexual services a criminal offence is the most effective way of reducing the size of the prostitution market.[16][17]

Personal lifeEdit

She married Richard John Bruce in 1990, and they have two sons.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "No. 59418". The London Gazette. 13 May 2010. p. 8740.
  2. ^ "Fiona Bruce". theyworkforyou.com.
  3. ^ "BBC News - Election 2010 - Constituency - Congleton". bbc.co.uk.
  4. ^ a b "Bruce, Fiona Claire". A & C Black. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  5. ^ "The GDST Difference - Annual Review 2015". GDST. 7 April 2016. p. 15. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  6. ^ *Who is on the A-list? at conservativehome web site
  7. ^ Conservative A-List and selections Archived 28 March 2010 at the Wayback Machine dated 4 June 2006 at colin-ross.org.uk
  8. ^ "Christian Tories rewrite party doctrine". The Financial Times. Retrieved 28 March 2011.
  9. ^ "Question Time". Evangelical Alliance. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  10. ^ "Fiona Bruce". parliament.uk. 6 May 2010. Retrieved 15 January 2012.
  11. ^ Bruce, Fiona. "Sex-selective abortion is unacceptable – we must make the law clear". Conservative Home. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  12. ^ Ditum, Sarah (20 February 2015). "Against the Fiona Bruce amendment: why feminists should oppose the ban on sex-selective abortion". New Statesman. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  13. ^ "MPs reject backbench bid to amend abortion laws". BBC. 24 February 2015. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  14. ^ Goodenough, Tom (16 February 2016). "Which Tory MPs back Brexit, who doesn't and who is still on the fence?". The Spectator. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  15. ^ Chaplain, Chloe (14 September 2018). "Tory MP Fiona Bruce says not banning anti-abortion protests is a 'win for mothers'". i News. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  16. ^ Mullin, Frankie (29 July 2019). "How can the Tories' moralising report on prostitution completely ignore austerity?". The Guardian. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  17. ^ Hymas, Charles (25 July 2019). "Decriminalise prostitutes selling sex but prosecute buyers, says Tory commission". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 1 August 2019.

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