Ones to keep an eye on – who are the Tory rising stars?
by Olivia Meisl on January 31, 2020, posted in Uncategorised categories
With the influx of 109 new Conservative MPs, several are already standing out from the pack. The fall from grace of Conservative MPs such as Jacob Rees Mogg, the rumours of big-name members of cabinet being reshuffled out, and Boris Johnson’s desire to keep the ‘red wall’ blue, means the rising stars of the party have a lot to gain. Here are the six most interesting ones to watch:
Dehenna Davison, MP for Bishop Auckland
Perhaps one of the most well-known MPs of the new intake, Dehenna Davison – already known for marrying the Conservative Hull City Councillor John Fareham and appearing on Channel 4’s Bride and Prejudice – has appeared in several news stories since her election. At only 26 and with the powerful story of her father’s sudden death propelling her into politics, Davison has grabbed national attention, controversially outlining her intention to attend the annual Durham Miner’s Gala. The first Conservative MP for Bishop Auckland since its creation in the 1880s, her brand of blue-collar Toryism will help endear her to Labour-leaning working-class voters. She is rumoured to be ear marked for fast-tracking into Government.
Kieran Mullan, MP for Crewe and Nantwich
Dr Kieran Mullan wasted no time at all in coordinating a letter in support of HS2, signed by dozens of new Northern Conservatives in the first few weeks of this month. He has also lobbied for HS2 during PMQs and through speeches given in the House. Already showing ability to rally large groups of colleagues and champion an issue, Mullan will be one to watching during this term of Government.
Natalie Elphicke, MP for Dover
Natalie Elphicke hit headlines last year for her decision to run in her husband Charlie Elphicke’s constituency after he was accused of sexual misconduct. She was previously an advisor to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, after having been the Chief Executive of the Housing and Finance Institute. Several years ago, she was responsible for authoring an influential policy document that argued for reform in the way local authorities build homes. The current housing crisis and Tory manifesto commitments to housing could see Elphicke in a key role during the next five years.
Danny Kruger, MP for Devizes
Danny Kruger MBE, a well-connected Conservative who previously set the agenda as Boris Johnson’s political secretary, has been described as a ‘close aide’ of the Prime Minister. He has experience working as a journalist for the Telegraph and developing policy (most notably the ‘Big Society’) and was responsible for David Cameron’s ‘hug a hoodie’ speech. Kruger has already shown enough promise to have been favoured from on-high by the Johnson team.
Claire Coutinho, MP for East Surrey
Claire Coutinho’s election comes after her experience in several policy roles, including time spent working at IDS’s Centre for Social Justice. Coutinho was previously Rishi Sunak’s (already a favoured member of Johnson’s cabinet) special advisor at the Treasury. Her experience and connections from working in finance and housing could well land her key roles in the near future.
Andrew Griffith, MP for Arundel and South Downs
Not to be confused with former MP for Burton Andrew Griffiths, Andrew Griffith spent 25 years as a Sky executive and in roles with Rothschild bank and Just Eat prior to being hired as Boris Johnson’s chief business adviser in July. He was named the Sunday Times’ Non-Executive Director of the year in 2018 for steadying the food delivery business through a turbulent period. Griffith also apparently lent the Prime Minister his multi-million-pound Westminster house during the leadership campaign last summer and has experience as a Chairman at the Centre for Policy Studies. His strong profile and relationship with the Prime Minister could see him catapulted to centre stage in the next few years.