Selaine Saxby

Selaine Saxby

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Member of Parliament
for North Devon
Assumed office
12 December 2019
Preceded byPeter Heaton-Jones
Majority14,813 (26.6%)
Personal details
Selaine Rachel Saxby

(1970-11-25) 25 November 1970 (age 49)[1]
Coventry, England
Political partyConservative
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge

Selaine Rachel Saxby[2] (born 25 November 1970) is a British Conservative Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for North Devon since the 2019 general election.

Early life[]

Saxby studied mathematics and management at the University of Cambridge. She founded the independent sports bra retailer, Lessbounce Ltd. in 2000, and ran the business until 2016 when it went into liquidation.[3][4][5][6] She also founded Pink Aerobics, which organised aerobics events to raise money for breast cancer charities.[7] It raised over £500,000.[3] Saxby was the chief of staff for Bath MP Ben Howlett between 2015 and 2017.[8] Saxby retrained as a secondary school mathematics teacher and taught at Bideford College in Devon.[9][10]

Parliamentary career[]

Saxby stood as the Conservative candidate for Llanelli in the 2015 general election. It is a notionally safe Labour seat as it has elected a member of the party as its MP since 1922.[11] She finished in fourth place behind the Labour, Plaid Cymru, and UKIP candidates.[12]

She was selected as the Conservative candidate for North Devon on 11 November 2019.[9] Saxby had previously been the Instow ward councillor on the North Devon Council having been elected in 2019.[13] Saxby was elected as North Devon MP in the 2019 general election with a majority of 14,813 (26.6%). She is the first female MP of the constituency.[14] Saxby has been a member of the Work and Pensions Select Committee since March 2020.[15]


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  2. ^ "Members Sworn". 18 December 2019. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  3. ^ a b Bond, Daniel (16 December 2019). "Class of 2019: Meet the MPs". Politics Home. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  4. ^ Neilan, Catherine (27 April 2015). "General Election 2015: At least six of the small business owners who signed the Conservative letter of support are also Tory candidates". City A.M. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  5. ^ " in liquidation". Underlines. 13 April 2016. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  6. ^ "Lessbounce Limited". Companies House. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  7. ^ Ross, Corey (26 June 2010). "Honour for Selaine". Salisbury Journal. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  8. ^ Saxby, Selaine (19 November 2019). "Selaine Saxby: In North Devon, there is great concern about traffic congestion on local roads". ConservativeHome. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  9. ^ a b Smart, Matt (12 November 2019). "General Election 2019: Conservatives announce new North Devon candidate". North Devon Gazette. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  10. ^ "Selaine Saxby". North Devon Conservatives. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  11. ^ "Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood: 'We have to defeat these pernicious Tories'". The Argus. 13 May 2017. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  12. ^ "Llanelli". UK Polling Report. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  13. ^ "North Devon District full election 2 May 2019". North Devon Council. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  14. ^ "North Devon". BBC News. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  15. ^ "Work and Pensions Committee membership agreed". 2 March 2020. Retrieved 3 March 2020.

External links[]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Peter Heaton-Jones
Member of Parliament for North Devon