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Jackie Doyle-Price

Jacqueline Doyle-Price[1] (born 5 August 1969) is a British Conservative Party politician and former civil servant. She was first elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Thurrock in the 2010 general election, retaining the seat in 2015 and 2017. She was appointed Junior Minister in the Department of Health on 14 June 2017. On 10 October 2018, she was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Mental Health, Inequalities and Suicide Prevention) the first minister to be in this post after being created by the Prime Minister in responses to the UK hosting the global mental health summit. She wasn’t included in the current government shuffle after the election of Boris Johnson.

Jackie Doyle-Price

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Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
In office
14 June 2017 – 27 July 2019
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Preceded byposition established
Succeeded byNadine Dorries
Member of Parliament
for Thurrock[1]
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded byAndrew MacKinlay
Majority345 (0.7%)
Personal details
Born (1969-08-05) 5 August 1969 (age 50)
Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Political partyConservative
ResidencePurfleet, England
Alma materUniversity of Durham

Early life and careerEdit

Doyle-Price was born on 5 August 1969 in Sheffield. She was raised on a council estate, her father being a builder and her mother working at Woolworths.[2] She was educated at Notre Dame High School, Sheffield and studied economics at University College, Durham. After graduating she worked for the Sheffield Enterprise Agency and for South Yorkshire Police. She later became Parliamentary Officer at City of London Corporation and then Private Secretary to the Lord Mayor of the City of London [3] before working as a consumer advocate for the Financial Services Authority.

Parliamentary careerEdit

Doyle-Price stood unsuccessfully as the Conservative Party candidate for Sheffield Hillsborough in the 2005 general election, coming third with 15.02% of the vote.[4]

Doyle-Price was elected for the Conservative Party as the Member of Parliament for Thurrock at the 2010 general election, by a majority of 92 (0.2%) after two recounts.[5][6] She retained her seat in May 2015, with a majority of 536 after a recount[7][8] and in June 2017 with a majority of 345.[9]

Doyle-Price made her maiden speech on 28 June 2010, speaking about the need for welfare reform. She was prepared to publicly challenge ministers on behalf of her constituents, particularly on transport issues connected with the Dartford Crossing and on the Government postponement of work to improve Junction 30 of the M25.[10] In June 2010, she was appointed to the House of Commons which is responsible for scrutinising Government spending and whether it is delivering value for money. In May 2012 she was elected Chairman of the All Party Gurkha Welfare Group.[11]

In the 2010 parliament, Doyle-Price was a member of "the forty" – the forty Conservative MPs with the smallest majorities.[12] In 2012, she was named by Conservative Home as one of a minority of loyal Conservative backbench MPs not to have voted against the government in any significant rebellions.[13]

Following the success of UKIP in the 2013 local elections, she said: "To see Parliamentary colleagues who are calling for an ever closer association with UKIP is exasperating for those of us who are at the coalface in the fight against Labour to secure a majority for the Conservative Party".[14]

Doyle-Price was a co-sponsor of the private member's EU membership referendum bill that was given a second reading on 5 July 2013.[15] On 14 January 2014, she led a debate in Westminster Hall on options for the new Lower Thames Crossing.[16]

Doyle-Price was opposed to Brexit prior to the 2016 EU membership referendum.[17] She was criticised by those seeking a full/hard Brexit in September 2018 after she publicly dismissed the concerns of fellow Conservative MP Andrea Jenkyns over the Government plan for leaving the European Union.[18]

In the House of Commons she has sat on the Public Accounts Committee and Committee of Selection.[19]

Government appointmentEdit

Following the 2015 general election, Doyle-Price was appointed as an assistant whip.[20] On 2 December 2015 she was one of the tellers for the "Ayes" (those MPs supporting UK bombing in Syria) and on 1 February 2017 she was the government teller who announced the result of the vote to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon treaty.[21][22] Following the 2017 election she was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department for Health.[23] In July 2017, she spoke in parliament in her new role, answering a question from a DUP "shadow".[24] In October 2018, she was appointed as Minister for Suicide Prevention and Mental Health, a new position in the Department of Health and Social Care, and co-chaired the Women's Mental Health Taskforce.[25][26] Doyle-Price left the government following the election of Boris Johnson as leader of the Conservative Party.[27]

Employment of partnerEdit

Doyle-Price employs her partner Mark Coxshall as her part-time Office Manager on a salary up to £30,000.[28] The practice of MPs employing family members has been criticised by some sections of the media on the lines that it promotes nepotism.[29][30] Although MPs who were first elected in 2017 have been banned from employing family members, the restriction is not retrospective – meaning that Doyle-Price's employment of her partner is lawful.[31]

Coxshall, who has been a Conservative Party Councillor in Thurrock since 2010, has been involved in a number of controversial incidents through his work as an elected member. In August 2013, he was investigated by the Police for allegedly 'racist' comments made about travellers; he denied the allegations and was not subsequently prosecuted.[32][33] In January 2015, he was criticised by rival councillors for swearing on several occasions in formal council meetings, whilst his lack of appearances at meetings of the Essex Fire Authority was criticised in March 2016.[34][35][36]


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  20. ^ "Her Majesty's Government: December 2015". GOV.UK. Archived from the original on 13 May 2015.
  21. ^ Sparrow, Andrew; Perraudin, Frances; MacAskill, Ewen; Sparrow, Andrew (3 December 2015). "Cameron wins Syria airstrikes vote by majority of 174 – as it happened". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 22 December 2016.
  22. ^ "Government sets out Brexit plan". BBC News. 2 February 2017. Archived from the original on 2 February 2017.
  23. ^ "Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle-Price to be health minister under Jeremy Hunt". Thurrock Gazette. Archived from the original on 14 June 2017.
  24. ^ Reporter, Staff (9 July 2017). "Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle-Price probed on mental health". Your Thurrock. Archived from the original on 9 July 2017.
  25. ^ "Minister given task to reduce suicide rate". BBC News. 10 October 2018.
  26. ^ "The Women's Mental Health Taskforce report". GOV.UK. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  27. ^ Speight, Neil (27 July 2019). "MP Jackie looking forward to borough challenges in parliament after leaving government". Thurrock Independent.
  28. ^ "IPSA". Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority. GOV.UK. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  29. ^ "One in five MPs employs a family member: the full list revealed". The Daily Telegraph. 29 June 2015. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  30. ^ Mason, Rowena (29 June 2015). "Keeping it in the family: new MPs continue to hire relatives as staff". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  31. ^ "MPs banned from employing spouses after election in expenses crackdown". London Evening Standard. 21 April 2017. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  32. ^ "Police look into 'racist' comments by councillor". The Independent. 16 August 2013. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  33. ^ "CPS says Thurrock councillor will not face prosecution". The Enquirer. 6 March 2014. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  34. ^ ""Councillor Do-Little" Labour and Fire Officer slam Jackie Doyle-Price's husband councillor over series of no-shows". Your Thurrock. 4 March 2016. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  35. ^ "Councillor "suspended from attending meetings" until the new year". Basildon Echo. 29 September 2017. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  36. ^ "Thurrock Full Council meeting forcibly suspended for the second time in a row". Thurrock Gazette. 28 September 2017. Retrieved 26 September 2018.

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