DR Thérèse COFFEY was elected Member of Parliament for Suffolk Coastal in 2010, succeeding John Selwyn Gummer, who had been the MP since 1979. She served on the Culture, Media and Sport Committee untill she was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to Michael Fallon, Minister for Business and Energy and was then promoted to become an Assistant Whip. After retaining the seat at the 2015 General Election, the then Prime Minister David Cameron promoted Thérèse to the role of Deputy Leader of the House of Commons and upon Theresa May becoming Prime Minister in July 2016, Therese was appointed to a ministerial position in the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs.
Thérèse has campaigned on stopping the A14 toll, improving NHS experience for patients and better broadband. Ongoing priorities include fairer share of funding, Sizewell C, Felixstowe Port, preventing coastal and estuary erosion, off gas grid consumers, rail improvements, agriculture, STEM takeup, women in business and educational attainment.
Thérèse grew up in the North West and after graduating from UCL with a PhD in Chemistry, joined the international company Mars. Qualified as a chartered management accountant, she became Finance Director for a UK subsidiary and has also worked at the BBC. She contested Wrexham in 2005 and European elections in 2004 and 2009. Outside politics, she enjoys watching football, gardening, is a CAMRA member and enjoys music, especially Muse.