Who are the new 155 MPs?

January 6, 2020 Andrew Niblett

Political Backgrounds

As you would expect with a new intake of MPs, a large proportion of them have a background in politics, with around half having previously held elected office. This includes a significant number of councillors, a sitting MEP (Alun Smyth), two London Assembly Members (Gareth Bacon and Florence Eshalomi), and four members of the Northern Ireland Assembly. 15 of the new intake, roughly 10%, had already previously served as MPs, with the most prominent of these being former Education Minister Edward Timpson.

Around 1/3rd also have direct experience of working in Westminster politics, including many who worked for MPs as assistants, researchers and caseworkers. The new MPs also come with a vast array of experience in political roles, including the Secretariat for the APPG on Adult Social Care Charlotte Nichols, the Campaign Director for Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership campaigns Sam Tarry, and Richard Thomson, who had been Head of Research for the SNP at Westminster, and Head of Campaigns at the SNP’s Headquarters.

Following in the footsteps of the likes of Matt Hancock and Jonathan Ashworth, seven of the new MPs have worked as Special Advisers in Government. Claire Coutinho had been working for Sajid Javid in the Treasury, while Danny Kruger worked closely with Boris Johnson and Laura Trott had been Director of Strategic Communications for David Cameron.

Law

The General Election saw many MPs with legal backgrounds lose their seats, such as ex-Attorney General Dominic Grieve, ex-Justice Secretary David Gauke, and former leader of The Independent Group for Change Anna Soubry. However, they have been swiftly replaced by another set of around 15 legal professionals looking to make an impact on the political scene, such as the new MP for Darlington Peter Gibson. Gibson had acquired and grown his own legal practice, before it was taken over by national law firm Kingly Solicitors earlier this year.

Finance and Business

Upwards of 20% of the new intake also have experience working in business and finance related industries, ranging from those who founded and ran their own companies, to accountants and financial advisers. Some of these new MPs may look to cut their teeth in Parliament by attempting to get a seat on the Treasury Committee or Public Accounts Committee.

Health

The NHS was, as always, an issue widely spoken about during the election, with Labour repeatedly accusing the Conservatives of preparing to ‘sell off’ the NHS as part of a trade deal with the United States. It was somewhat ironic, then, that the first concrete sign of the dramatic election result was NHS worker Ian Levy winning Blyth Valley for the Conservatives from Labour.

Around 10% have worked in professions related to healthcare, such as social care workers, an A&E doctor, a GP, and an oncology nurse.  As with law, these new MPs will be replacing some former high-profile MPs with backgrounds in the same sector, such as Phillip Lee and Chair of the Health Committee Sarah Wollaston.

Journalists

Following in the footsteps of Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove in swapping media for politics are a small grouping of journalists and ex-journalists. Approximately 5% of those elected have worked in a mix of television, radio and news media.  Whether this grouping contains a future Prime Minister remains to be seen…

Defence

From our understanding, four of the new intake have military experience, serving in the British Army and the RAF. Stuart Anderson, the new MP for Wolverhampton South West, was shot in the foot during his first year of service, but continued his career and undertook three operational tours with the Royal Green Jackets. MPs returning to the Commons include Flick Drummond, who established the APPG on Cyber Security, and Jason McCartney, who had served on the NATO Parliamentary Assembly UK Delegation.  Other MPs elected include a cyber-security expert, an MOD contractor who supported veterans into employment, and a Commander of the Army Engagement Unit.

Best of the Rest

This new set of MPs also contains some who have far from orthodox backgrounds, with an entertaining mix of careers and jobs represented. The highlights include Virginia Crosbie, who worked as a dolphin trainer for Terry Nutkin; safari tour guide Katherine Fletcher; and serial game show contestant (and winner), Aaron Bell.

See the full list, by sector, below:

Local Government Abena Oppong-Asare Labour
Alex Davies-Jones Labour
Alexander Stafford Conservative
Allan Dorans SNP
Andy Carter Conservative
Ben Everitt Conservative
Brendan Clarke-Smith Conservative
Carla Lockhart DUP
Caroline Ansell Conservative
Cherilyn Mackrory Conservative
Chris Loder Conservative
Christian Wakeford Conservative
Claudia Webbe Labour
Colum Eastwood SDLP
Craig Williams Conservative
Darren Henry Conservative
Dave Doogan SNP
David Simmonds Conservative
Duncan Baker Conservative
Feryal Clark Labour
Fleur Anderson Labour
Flick Drummond Conservative
Florence Eshalomi Labour
Gagan Mohindra Conservative
Gareth Bacon Conservative
Gary Sambrook Conservative
Greg Smith Conservative
Holly Mumby-Croft Conservative
Ian Byrne Labour
James Daly Conservative
James Davies Conservative
James Grundy Conservative
Jamie Wallis Conservative
Jane Hunt Conservative
Jane Stevenson Conservative
Jo Gideon Conservative
John Finucane Sinn Fein
Julie Marson Conservative
Kate Osborne Labour
Lia Nici Conservative
Marco Longhi Conservative
Marco Longhi Conservative
Mark Jenkinson Conservative
Mary Foy Labour
Miriam Cates Conservative
Munira Wilson Liberal Democrat
Nickie Aiken Conservative
Nicola Richards Conservative
Olivia Blake Labour
Paul Bristow Conservative
Paul Holmes Conservative
Paul Howell Conservative
Rachel Hopkins Labour
Robbie Moore Conservative
Robert Largan Conservative
Robin Millar Conservative
Sally-Ann Hart Conservative
Sarah Atherton Conservative
Scott Benton Conservative
Selaine Saxby Conservative
Simon Baynes Conservative
Stephen Farry Alliance
Stephen Flynn SNP
Steven Bonnar SNP
Suzanne Webb Conservative
Tahir Ali Labour
Parliamentary/Party Staff Abena Oppong-Asare Labour
Alex Davies-Jones Labour
Alexander Stafford Conservative
Amy Callaghan SNP
Anthony Browne Conservative
Anthony Mangnall Conservative
Bell Ribeiro-Addy Labour
Cherilyn Mackrory Conservative
Claire Coutinho Conservative
Claudia Webbe Labour
Daisy Cooper Liberal Democrat
Danny Kruger Conservative
Dehenna Davidson Conservative
Elliot Colburn Conservative
Gary Sambrook Conservative
Ian Byrne Labour
James Murray Labour
James Sunderland Conservative
James Wild Conservative
Jane Hunt Conservative
John Nicolson SNP
Joy Morrissey Conservative
Kenny MacAskill SNP
Laura Trott Conservative
Lee Anderson Conservative
Margaret Ferrier SNP
Mark Fletcher Conservative
Navendu Mishra Labour
Nicola Richards Conservative
Owen Thompson SNP
Paul Holmes Conservative
Richard Holden Conservative
Richard Thomson SNP
Robert Largan Conservative
Ruth Edwards Conservative
Sam Tarry Labour
Sarah Olney Liberal Democrat
Sarah Owen Labour
Scott Benton Conservative
Selaine Saxby Conservative
Simon Jupp Conservative
Taiwo Owatemi Labour
Tom Hunt Conservative
Virginia Crosbie Conservative
Special Adviser Andrew Griffith Conservative
Anthony Mangnall Conservative
Claire Coutinho Conservative
Craig Williams Conservative
Danny Kruger Conservative
James Wild Conservative
Laura Trott Conservative
Richard Holden Conservative
Simon Jupp Conservative
Business Aaron Bell Conservative
Andrew Griffith Conservative
Chris Clarkson Conservative
Claire Coutinho Conservative
David Simmons Conservative
Imran Ahmad-Khan Conservative
Jerome Mayhew Conservative
Jo Gideon Conservative
Julie Marson Conservative
Karl McCartney Conservative
Katherine Fletcher Conservative
Nick Fletcher Conservative
Owen Thompson SNP
Richard Fuller Conservative
Richard Thomson SNP
Sara Britcliffe Conservative
Sarah Olney Lib Dem
Selaine Saxby Conservative
Simon Baynes Conservative
Steven Bonnar SNP
Suzanne Webb Conservative
Theo Clarke Conservative
Financial Services Angela Richardson Conservative
Antony Higginbotham Conservative
David Simmonds Conservative
Duncan Baker Conservative
Felicity Buchan Conservative
Gareth Davies Conservative
Julie  Marson Conservative
Miriam Cates Conservative
Paul Howell Conservative
Richard Fuller Conservative
Rob Roberts Conservative
Robert Largan Conservative
Saqib Bhatti Conservative
Simon Baynes Conservative
Steven Bonnar SNP
Suzanne Webb Conservative
Law Alyn Smith SNP
Daisy Cooper Lib Dem
Edward Timpson Conservative
James Daly Conservative
Jerome Mayhew Conservative
John Finucane Sinn Fein
Karl McCartney Conservative
Laura Farris Conservative
Matt Vickers Conservative
Natalie Elphicke Conservative
Peter Gibson Conservative
Sally-Ann Hart Conservative
Sarah Dines Conservative
Shaun Bailey Conservative
Siobhan Baillie Conservative
Tom Randall Conservative
Public Affairs Alex Davies-Jones Labour
Alex Stafford Conservative
Elliot Colburn Conservative
Fay Jones Conservative
Florence Eshalomi Labour
Laura Trott Conservative
Munira Wilson Liberal Democrat
Nicki Aiken Conservative
Nicola Richards Conservative
Olivia Blake Labour
Paul Bristow Conservative
Paul Holmes Conservative
Healthcare Ian Levy Conservative
James Davies Conservative
Kieran Mullan Conservative
Kim Johnson Labour
Luke Evans Conservative
Mary Foy Labour
Nadia Whittome Labour
Neale Hanvey Independent (Suspended from SNP)
Olivia Blake Labour
Sarah Atherton Conservative
Sarah Owen Labour
Taiwo Owatemi Labour
Trade Union Charlotte Nichols Labour
Jonathon Gullis Conservative
Kate Osborne Labour
Kim Johnson Labour
Mick Whitley Labour
Paula Barker Labour
Sam Tarry Labour
Tahir Ali Labour
Consultancy Andy Carter Conservative
Ben Everitt Conservative
Chris Clarkson Conservative
Jamie Wallis Conservative
Richard Fuller Conservative
Education Brendan Clarke-Smith Conservative
Caroline Ansell Conservative
Jonathan Gullis Conservative
Virginia Crosbie Conservative
Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly Carla Lockhart DUP
Claire Hanna SDLP
Colum Eastwood SDLP
Stephen Farry Alliance
Police Allan Dorans SNP
Darren Henry Conservative
Kieran Mullan Conservative
Wendy Chamberlain Liberal Democrat
Defence James Sunderland Conservative
Jason McCartney Conservative
Sarah Atherton Conservative
Stuart Anderson Conservative
Wendy Chamberlain Liberal Democrat
Cyber Ruth Edwards Conservative
Simon Fell Conservative
Diplomats Imran Ahmad-Khan Conservative
Mark Logan Conservative
Housing Bethan Winter Labour
James Murray Labour
Natalie Elphicke Conservative
Journalism Andy Carter Conservative
Jason McCartney Conservative
John Nicolson SNP
Richard Thomson SNP
Rob Butler Conservative
Simon Jupp Conservative
Charity Sector David Johnston Conservative
Felicity Buchan Conservative
Siobhan Baillie Conservative
The Arts Jane Stevenson Conservative
Joy Morissey Conservative
International Development Claire Hanna SDLP
Theo Clarke Conservative
Scientist Feryal Clark Conservative
Virginia Crosbie Conservative
Misc.
Safari Tour Guide Katherine Fletcher Conservative
Project Management Darren Henry Conservative
Taxi Driver Ian Byrne Labour
IT Cherilyn Mackrory Conservative
Development Fleur Anderson Labour
Car Factory Worker Mick Whitley Labour
Human Resources Rachel Hopkins Labour
Civil Engineer Marco Longhi Conservative
Electronic Engineer Mark Jenkinson Conservative
Engineer Robin Millar Conservative
Media Producer Lia Nici Conservative
Mining Lee Anderson Conservative
Property Gagan Mohindra Conservative
Marketing and Digital Communications Dean Russell Conservative
Manufacturing Mark Eastwood Conservative
Hospitality Kate Griffiths Conservative
Communications Mark Logan Conservative
Merchant Navy Mick Whitley Labour
Sales Mark Eastwood Conservative
Dolphin Trainer Virginia Crosbie Conservative
Counter Terrorism Expert Alicia Kearns Conservative
Equine Vet Neil Hudson Conservative
Media Relations Manager Tom Hunt Conservative
Consultant Psychiatrist Ben Spencer Conservative
Postal Service Tahir Ali Labour
Rail Chris Loder Conservative
Retail Management Amanda Solloway Conservative
Sales Margaret Ferrier SNP
Financial Recruitment Gareth Bacon Conservative
Social Mobility Expert David Johnston Conservative
Technical Author Mark Jenkinson Conservative
Member of the European Parliament Alyn Smith SNP
Council Worker Paula Barker Labour