Anne was born and brought up in Cardiff, South Wales and her late father George, was a blue collar worker who believed hard work and education was the way to self betterment. Educated in the local comprehensive school, Anne graduated with an Honours degree from Swansea University where she met her late husband Stephen.
After a postgraduate degree in Education from Sheffield University, Anne taught English and Drama at an inner London Comprehensive school. Anne and Stephen married in 1978 and had three children, Nick, Claire and Jennifer, before Stephen sadly died of cancer at the age of 34. Anne has experience of being a carer, homemaker, and single parent with a young family. She feels she can empathise with many of the challenges facing her constituents in their lives.
Now happily remarried to Andrew, an IT director, they have a young son Alexander. Anne devotes much time and energy to public service, council duties, and political fund raising. She is a trustee for a charity, collects for the Red Cross and supports four other charities.
Even with four children living at home, Anne finds time to garden enthusiastically, attempt DIY, and exercise her interest in cookery, antiques and art. Anne is an animal lover with two cats and a Jack Russell dog, Pip, who ensures Anne takes long walks in the countryside she is so keen to protect.
Anne was elected in 1999 as a Town Councillor for Beaconsfield. She fought a District by-election in 2001 and was elected as a District Councillor, ousting the Liberal Democrats with a 33% swing.
Co-opted onto the Southern Region Conservative Women's' executive in 2001, Anne is keen to further their aims to promote women into public life, and served as Editor until her election to Parliament in May 2005. A tireless fund-raiser and activist Anne was Deputy Branch Chairman for Beaconsfield with responsibilities for Membership and Fund Raising where she worked particularly hard to attract younger members and re-engage people with politics.
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