- Anne Milton
name = Anne Milton
honorific-suffix = MP
constituency_MP = Guildford
term_start = 5 May 2005
majority = 347 (0.7%)
birth_date = Birth date and age|1955|11|3|df=yes
Cuckfield, West Sussex
nationality = British
spouse = (1) Neil Milton (div.)
(2) Graham Henderson
party = Conservative
Anne Frances Milton (born Anne Turner 3 November 1955) is a British nurse and politician who has been the Conservative MP for Guildford since 2005. After service on the Health Select Committee, in November 2006 she was appointed Shadow Minister for Tourism. [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/6125858.stm BBC] ]
Milton was educated at
Haywards HeathGrammar School (became Haywards Heath Sixth Form College in 1980, then Central Sussex College[http://www.centralsussex.ac.uk/campuses/haywards%20heath/index.asp Sixth Form Campus] in 2005) on "Harlands Road" in West Sussex. She married Neil Milton in 1979 in Haywards Heath, whom she divorced. She later trained as a nurseat St Bartholomew's Hospitalin London and worked for the NHS for 25 years, as a district nurse and for people with terminal cancer. Her husband, Dr Graham Henderson, whom she married in February 2000 in Surrey, also works in the NHS in the field of community medicine, and is Director of Public Health for the [http://www.eastsurrey-pct.nhs.uk East Surrey PCT] . She has four children: including a son born in July 1987 and a daughter born in August 1993
Milton was a councillor in the Borough of
Reigate and Banstead1999 – 2004 and led the Conservative Group on the council. She was a member of the South East Regional Assemblyand Vice Chairman of the [http://conservativemedicalsociety.blogspot.com Conservative Medical Society] . She applied to go on the Conservative Party's list of Parliamentary candidates in 1999, and was rated highly by the party. In the selection for Bexhill and Battle in August 2000 and at Bridgwater, she was among the three finalists but lost out narrowly and did not find another seat for the 2001 general election.
In 2002, Milton was selected for Guildford, a seat which the Conservatives had unexpectedly lost in 2001 to the Liberal Democrats. This was one of the first selections to be made and Milton stood out not only because few women had been selected. Her connection to health care, an area in which the Conservatives felt weak, and her lack of interest in issues such as British membership of the
European Unionand asylum-seekers, meant that she was thought of as a member of the modernising wing of the Conservative Party.
Following Conservative leader
Iain Duncan Smith's 2003 conference speech, Milton was interviewed in the " Sunday Herald" newspaper published in Glasgow. She stated that the priority she heard from the people of Guildford was crime, but lamented the poor press reaction to Duncan Smith's speech. After Duncan Smith was defeated in a vote of confidence among Conservative MPs, she immediately backed Michael Howardas the new leader; following his election, she played host to his wife Sandra on a campaign trip to Guildford.
There was a good deal of interest in the result at Guildford in the 2005 general election, prompted not only by the fact that the seat was highly marginal but also by the relatively rare phenomenon of two women candidates contesting for the victory. [Rod Liddle, " [http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article387310.ece Battle of the Guildford Gals] ", "The Sunday Times", 1 May 2005.] Milton highlighted Conservative plans to abolish regional planning bodies and reduce the amount of new housing built in the area, especially on green field sites. The then sitting Liberal Democrat MP
Sue Doughtyhighlighted the fact that Milton lived outside the constituency in Reigate, prompting Milton to respond that "It isn't in Tierra del Fuego!"
Some attention during the campaign was paid to a
blogset up by Tim Ireland, a left-wing activist who lived in the Guildford constituency and was opposed to Milton. Milton, who described the author as "an angry young man", refused to discuss the blog. Damian Whitworth, " [http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,19809-1573631,00.html A strange case of espionage and warfare inside the commuter belt] ", "The Times", 18 April 2005.]
On election day, Milton won by just a small 347 votes, after two recounts. In Parliament she was swiftly appointed to the Health Select Committee, serving until December 2006, following her appointment as Shadow Minister for Tourism. She announced her backing for
David Cameronin the Conservative Party leadership election on 11 October 2005, becoming the 29th Conservative MP to support him. She offered herself as a candidate for the 1922 Committeeexecutive in January 2006 but was not elected.
In February 2006, Milton was among a minority of Conservative MPs to oppose exceptions for private clubs from the proposed
Smoking ban in England. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/4714660.stm In full: How MPs voted] , "bbc.co.uk", 14 February 2006] Milton had previously announced her opposition to a partial ban, stating it was "the worst possible solution". [Ben Russell, " [http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/article334160.ece Partial smoking ban would be 'unfair and unworkable'] ", "The Independent", 20 December 2005] In summer 2007 David Cameron appointed her Shadow Minister for Health.
* [http://www.annemilton.com Anne Milton's official website]
* [http://politics.guardian.co.uk/person/0,9290,-9240,00.html Guardian Unlimited Politics - Ask Aristotle: Anne Milton MP]
* [http://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/anne_milton/guildford TheyWorkForYou.com - Anne Milton MP]
* [http://www.guildfordconservatives.com Guildford Conservatives]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/4657297.stm Ask the MP December 2005]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/mpdb/html/285.stm BBC Politics page]
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