Jo Churchill MP

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A sensible society would value the social capital of men and women as well as their economic capital.

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Biography

Jo Churchill was brought up in East Anglia and has lived in Suffolk since 2014. 

She spent the first ten years of her career working in retail for both regional, national and global companies, which led Jo into site development and the building industry. Since 1994, Jo has run two highly successful contracting companies specialising in scaffolding in the heritage sector.  

Jo served as a County Councillor and was a member of the County’s Health and Wellbeing Board in addition to an executive position with responsibility for the environment and economic development. 

In May 2015 she was elected the Conservative Member of Parliament for Bury St Edmunds, the first female MP for the seat. 

In September 2016, Jo was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) for Defence, before becoming PPS to the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Health in 2017.  

In January 2018, Jo was appointed Assistant Government Whip. 

A woman who has inspired me

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity." - Amelia Earhart

My proudest achievement

My four daughters.

My thoughts on feminism and women’s suffrage

There is a beautiful place off Westminster Hall, St Marys Undercroft, it houses the cupboard in which Emily Wilding Davison hid for the 1911 census.  My grandmother was alive then; she cleaned and worked in a factory and had no vote. Her daughter, my mother, attended a Grammar school and became a nurse; she had a voice.  When I attended school, this experience taught me we could be whatever we wanted to be, but understanding the fight for this is long and hard and we need the support of others.  The feminism of my generation, is not that of my grandmothers, mothers nor of my daughters. It is dynamic.  Yet, if we want a more equal society women have to step up to the roles our forebears fought for.  I am only the 435th women to enter the UK Parliament and I joined in 2015. More women in all levels and aspects of public life and business, can only be a good thing. But, at the same time, it is incumbent on all of us to seek to understand, support and respect the choices women make. The skills a women gains childrearing are skills valuable in the workplace. With careers spanning, for some, up to 50 years, a sensible society would value the social capital of men and women as well as their economic capital. This, 100 years on we have yet to accomplish. When I knock on doors and am told by residents “politics… that’s not for me”, I wonder what the women who endured hunger strikes, incarceration and invasive state tactics would have to say today. To me, my vote is and always will be a privilege. It is the responsibility of all of us to share this. 

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