Ruth Edwards (née Davis) is a British Conservative Party politician. She was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Rushcliffe in the 2019 general election. Prior to her political career, she worked in cybersecurity policy.

Ruth Edwards

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Member of Parliament
for Rushcliffe
Assumed office
12 December 2019
Preceded byKenneth Clarke
Majority7,643 (12.6%)[1]
Personal details
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)
Owen Edwards (m. 2019)
Alma materLondon School of Theology
University of Bristol

Early life and careerEdit

She studied theology at the London School of Theology.[2] Davis went on to complete a masters degree in International Development and Security at the University of Bristol.[3] After graduation, she worked as a parliamentary researcher for then Shadow Minister for Home Affairs and Counter Terrorism Crispin Blunt. Davis then worked as a strategy consultant for Deloitte.[4]

Davis then worked as a specialist for the Home Affairs Select Committee.[5] She then completed a crime and justice research fellowship at the think tank Policy Exchange.[6] She left Policy Exchange to become Head of Cyber, Justice and Emergency Services at the trade association TechUK.[7][8] After this, Davis worked as the head of commercial strategy and public policy for the telecommunications company BT.[9][10]

Political careerEdit

Davis previously stood as the Conservative candidate for Ceredigion in the 2017 general election.

Edwards was selected as the candidate for Rushcliffe on 16 October 2019.[11] The seat had previously been represented by Father of the House, and former Chancellor of the Exchequer Kenneth Clarke since 1970, who stood down on 27 June.[12] Edwards was elected with a majority of 7,643.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

She married Owen Edwards in July 2019. They met during her 2017 general election campaign when he was the chairman of Ceredigion's Conservative Association.[11][13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Rushcliffe". BBC News. Archived from the original on 13 December 2019. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  2. ^ Bond, Daniel (16 December 2019). "Class of 2019: Meet the new MPs". Politics Home. Archived from the original on 17 December 2019. Retrieved 17 December 2019.
  3. ^ Chamber, Max; Davis, Ruth; McLeod, Charlotte. "Power Down" (PDF). Policy Exchange. Archived (PDF) from the original on 9 November 2019. Retrieved 9 November 2019.
  4. ^ Wallace, Mark (16 October 2019). "The finalists for tonight's candidate selection in Rushcliffe". ConservativeHome. Archived from the original on 6 November 2019. Retrieved 4 November 2019.
  5. ^ "Drugs: Breaking the Cycle" (PDF). parliament.uk. 3 December 2012. Archived (PDF) from the original on 9 November 2019. Retrieved 9 November 2019.
  6. ^ Chambers, Max; McLeod, Charlotte; Davis, Ruth. "Future Courts" (PDF). Policy Exchange. p. 2. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2019-11-09. Retrieved 2019-12-13.
  7. ^ "Pioneering Cyber Security Document Helps Secure Human Rights Abroad". TechUK. 25 November 2014. Archived from the original on 9 November 2019. Retrieved 9 November 2019.
  8. ^ "Ruth Davis" (PDF). SMi. p. 1. Archived (PDF) from the original on 6 November 2019. Retrieved 4 November 2019.
  9. ^ "Ruth Davis on Security Career and Mentoring". BT. 19 November 2018. Archived from the original on 6 November 2019. Retrieved 4 November 2019.
  10. ^ Waugh, Rob (18 June 2019). "Why cybersecurity training is important for your business". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 6 November 2019. Retrieved 4 November 2019.
  11. ^ a b Toulson, Gemma (17 October 2019). "New Conservative parliamentary candidate for Rushcliffe selected to replace Ken Clarke". Nottingham Post. Archived from the original on 28 October 2019. Retrieved 4 November 2019.
  12. ^ Walker, Peter (27 June 2019). "Veteran Tory MP Ken Clarke: 'I'm minded to step down now'". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 23 December 2019. Retrieved 4 November 2019.
  13. ^ Wallace, Mark (17 October 2019). "Edwards selected for Rushcliffe". ConservativeHome. Archived from the original on 25 October 2019. Retrieved 4 November 2019.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Kenneth Clarke
Member of Parliament for Rushcliffe
2019–present
Incumbent