- Caroline Spelman
name = Caroline Spelman
honorific-suffix = MP
Chairman of the Conservative Party
term_start = 2 July 2007
constituency_MP2 = Meriden
term_start2 = 1 May 1997
majority2 = 7,009 (15.1%)
birth_date = Birth date and age|1958|05|04|df=yes
nationality = British
spouse = Mark Spelman
party = Conservative
Queen Mary, University of London
Caroline Alice Spelman MP, born (4 May 1958,
Bishop's Stortfordas Caroline Alice Cormack) is a Conservative politicianin the United Kingdomwho has served as MP for Meriden, West Midlands since 1997. In July 2007 she replaced Francis Maudeas Conservative Party Chairman in a Shadow Cabinetreshuffle by David Cameron.
Spelman attended Herts and Essex High School for Girls, [http://www.hertsandessex.herts.sch.uk/] in Warwick Road, Bishop's Stortford, and received a BA First Class in
European Studiesfrom University of London's Queen Mary College.
Sugar Beetcommodity secretary for the National Farmer's Union from 1981-4. She was deputy director of the International Confederation of European Beetgrowers (actually La Confédération Internationale des Betteraviers EuropéensCIBE) in Parisfrom 1984-9, then a research fellow for the Centre for European Agricultural Studies from 1989-3. She has been Director of Spelman, Cormack and Associates (a food and biotechnology consultancy) from 1989.
Iain Duncan Smithappointed Spelman Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, a post she maintained until Duncan Smith's departure as Conservative Party leader. Duncan Smith's successor, Michael Howard, opted for a streamlined Shadow Cabinetand omitted Spelman; however, he later appointed her as a front bench spokeswomanon Environmental Affairs working for Theresa May. In March 2004, Spelman re-entered the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Secretary of State for Local and Devolved Government Affairs, succeeding David Curry. Under David Cameron's leadership of the Conservative Party, in 2007 she was promoted further to become Conservative Party Chairman.
On 6 June 2008, Spelman was the subject of some controversy when it was suggested that for around twelve months from May 1997 she paid her child's nanny, Tina Haynes, from her parliamentary staffing allowance, contrary to the rule governing such allowances and fears of the misuse of them. Spelman claims that her nanny also acted as her constituency secretary and was paid from the public taxpayers' purse for this aspect of her further employment. Haynes confirms that occasionally she would answer phonecalls and post documents but initially she denied such happenings when interviewed on the
BBC's " Newsnight" via telephone. The accusations came at a time when Conservative Party leader David Cameronhad tasked Spelman with reviewing the use of parliamentary allowances by Conservative MPs and MEPs in the wake of the Derek Conwayaffair. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7441360.stm BBC article] ] The claim against Spelman came shortly after two Conservative MEPs, Giles Chichester(Leader of the Conservatives in the EU Parliament) and Den Dover(Conservative Chief Whip in the EU Parliament), were forced to resign amid claims they misused their parliamentary allowances. Spelman has not been urged to resign by party leader, David Cameron, and of her own accord has referred the matter pertaining to herself, her nanny and parliamentary funds to the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner, who is currently John Lyon CB. [http://www.parliament.uk/about_commons/pcfs.cfm] Senior Conservative colleagues including former Shadow Home Secretary David Davishave confederated support for Spelman in a bid to dispel the allegation that she abused her parliamentary allowance. [ [http://uk.news.yahoo.com/pressass/20080608/tuk-tories-rally-round-spelman-6323e80.html Tories rally round Spelman Yahoo! News8 June 2008] ] New revelations were exposed on BBC Two's Newsnight programme that nine years previously Mrs Spelman's secretary, Sally Hammond, complained to the Conservative Party leadership that she was using Parliamentary allowances to pay her nanny and that the arrangement with the nanny was over a two year period and not one. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/7476527.stm BBC NEWS | Politics | MPs call for Spelman to be sacked ] ]
She married Mark Spelman, a senior partner at
Accenture, on April 25 1987 in south-east Kent. They have two sons (born October 1992 and November 1994) and a daughter (born May 1991). She is a trustee of the Conservative Christian Fellowship.
Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet (UK)
* [http://www.carolinespelman.com Caroline Spelman] (official site)
* [http://www.epolitix.com/EN/MPWebsites/Caroline+Spelman/ ePolitix.com - Caroline Spelman] profile
* [http://politics.guardian.co.uk/person/0,9290,-4915,00.html Guardian Unlimited Politics Ask Aristotle - Caroline Spelman MP]
* [http://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/caroline_spelman/meriden TheyWorkForYou.com - Caroline Spelman MP]
* [http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/mp.php?mpn=Caroline_Spelman&mpc=Meriden The Public Whip - Caroline Spelman MP] voting record
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/2120878.stm BBC News - Caroline Spelman] profile 16 October 2002
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/mpdb/html/400.stm BBC Politics page]
* [http://www.dmoz.org/Regional/Europe/United_Kingdom/Society_and_Culture/Politics/Parties/Conservative/MPs/Spelman,_Caroline/ Open Directory Project - Caroline Spelman] directory category
* [http://www.wpradio.co.uk/mp3s/CarolineSpelman.mp3 Discussing forced marriages] On
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