She was the Minister for Disabled People from 2010 to 2012, and from 2012 to 2014 a member of the Cabinet as Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and Minister for Women and Equalities.
On 19 June 2015, she was returned unopposed to the chairmanship of the Women and Equalities Select Committee.
Maria was invited to become an Hon Vice President of the CWO in 2017.
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