The Rt Hon Anne Milton MP
Member of Parliament for Guildford
I was born in 1955 and brought up in Sussex. After being educated at Hayward’s Grammar School, I trained as a nurse at St Bartholomew's Hospital in London and worked in the NHS for 25 years. Amongst other roles, I was a district nursing sister in Hackney in London, gave advice and support to people newly diagnosed with cancer, helped with early discharge schemes in Lambeth and gave medical advice to social housing providers.
I have lived in Surrey since 1994, have four children and my husband is a local doctor. I became involved in politics in the early 1990s having been a union steward for the Royal College of Nursing; I felt that that there needed to be more women and those with front line experience of the public sector in Parliament. I became a borough councillor in Surrey in 1994, was Conservative Group Leader and was elected as Member of Parliament for Guildford in 2005.
Since becoming an MP, I have served on the Health Select Committee, was Shadow Minister for Licensing, Gambling and Tourism and was also Shadow Minister for Health. I was made Minister for Public Health in the 2010 Coalition Government and in 2012 was appointed as Lord Commissioner in the Government Whips Office. I also served as Vice Chamberlain in the Whips Office and Deputy Chief Whip. I was appointed Minister of State in the Department of Education in 2017, was responsible for skills and apprenticeships and during that time I was also Minister for Women.
I resigned from the Government in July 2019. Having voted against the Government in September 2019, the Conservative Whip was withdrawn and I now sit as an Independent MP
It has been a huge honour and privilege to serve as MP for Guildford, Cranleigh and our villages - this is a wonderful place to live and work. I have always put the needs of my constituents, and the good of our country first and will continue to serve my constituents to the best of my ability.