Mims Davies

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Mims Davies
MP
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Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Wales
Assumed office
26 July 2018[1]
Prime Minister Theresa May
Sec. of State Alun Cairns
Preceded by Stuart Andrew[1]
Assistant Government Whip
Assumed office
9 January 2018
Leader Theresa May
Chief Whip Julian Smith
Member of Parliament
for Eastleigh
Assumed office
7 May 2015
Preceded by Mike Thornton
Majority 14,179 (24.7%)
Personal details
Born (1975-06-02) 2 June 1975 (age 43)
Political party Conservative
Children 2
Alma mater Swansea University
Website Official website

Miriam Jane Alice "Mims" Davies[2] (born 2 June 1975) is a British Conservative Party politician who was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Eastleigh in May 2015.[3] She currently serves as an Assistant Government Whip and a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Wales.[1]

Career[edit]

Davies was educated at the Royal Russell School and studied Politics and International Relations at Swansea University;[4] she was the first in her family to enter higher education.[5] She worked primarily as a local radio presenter, reporter and producer.[4] She later worked as a road safety communications officer with the Automobile Association, the police force and Sussex Safer Roads Partnership.[5]

Davies served as a town councillor and as a District councillor on Mid Sussex District Council for the Haywards Heath Lucastes ward from 2011 to 2015. Davies was initially coopted onto Hurstpierpoint and Sayers Common Parish Council which began her political involvement.

At the 2015 general election on 7 May, Davies was elected as MP for Eastleigh defeating Liberal Democrat incumbent Mike Thornton by over 9,000 votes. She was reelected in the 2017 general election, increasing her share of the vote by 8.2% and receiving over half of the total votes in the constituency;[6] the first majority vote in Eastleigh since the 1992 election.

Personal life[edit]

Davies has two children. She separated from Mark Davies in November 2015 and divorced him in September 2017. She is a keen runner and has completed several long distance races, including marathons.[4] Her ex-husband co-founded and co-runs the retail and commercial real estate NewRiver group of companies.[7] The group owns 29 shopping centres, over 200 pubs and other assets.[8][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-politics-44971564
  2. ^ "No. 61230". The London Gazette. 18 May 2015. p. 9122. 
  3. ^ Eastleigh parliamentary constituency - Election 2015, bbc.co.uk; accessed 8 May 2015.
  4. ^ a b c Carr, Tim; Dale, Iain; Waller, Robert (22 May 2015). The Politicos Guide to the New House of Commons 2015: Profiles of the New MPs and Analysis of the 2015 General Election Results. Biteback Publishing. ISBN 9781849549240. 
  5. ^ a b "About Mims Davies". Mims Davies MP for Eastleigh Constituency. J Jamieson. Retrieved 18 May 2015. 
  6. ^ "Eastleigh parliamentary constituency - Election 2017". BBC News. Retrieved 2018-01-10. 
  7. ^ "Directors Biographies". nrr.co.uk. NewRiver Retail Ltd. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  8. ^ "NewRiver Retail is a specialist REIT focused on the UK retail sector". nrr.co.uk. NewRiver Retail Ltd. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  9. ^ "NewRiver Retail swallows 200 pubs to turn into convenience stores". proactiveinvestors.co.uk. Proactive Investors. 28 November 2013. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Mike Thornton
Member of Parliament
for Eastleigh

2015–present
Incumbent