Sarah Teather was elected MP for Brent Central in May 2010 with a majority of 1,345 votes.
She read Natural Sciences at St John's College, Cambridge. She worked in science policy both in the public and private sectors, first at the Royal Society advising the UK government on controversial aspects of science, and later at a science policy consultancy, evaluating public policies on science and innovation for governments across Europe. Before becoming an MP, Sarah worked for Macmillan Cancer Relief, where she advised on health and social policy; she also served for a year as an Islington borough councillor [2002-03]. In her spare time (not much of it!), Sarah enjoys catching up with friends and music - she also sings soprano in the Parliament Choir.
As an MP her work on local issues includes: campaigning against the Council Tax, ID cars and tuition fees; and for local Post Offices and Jamil el-Banna's return to the UK; improving access to GPs; and the housing crisis. Brent East is said to be the most ethnically diverse constituency in the country and to communicate better with her constituents Sarah is taking Gujarati and Urdu lessons.
In the 2001 Parliament she was a member of the Health team [2003-04] and spokesperson on London issues [2004-05]; she continues to take a particular interest in mental health issues in London. She became the Shadow Secretary for Community & Local Government in 2005 and Shadow Education Secretary in 2006. Following the splitting of the Education department in July 2007 Sarah became Shadow Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills. After becoming the new leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg appointed Sarah as Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, a post she held until her appointment as Shadow Minister for Housing in October 2008. After the formation of the coalition she became children's minister in the Department for Education.
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Date of Birth
1 June 1974