Jacqueline Doyle-Price (born 5 August 1969) is a British Conservative Party politician and former civil servant. She was first elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Thurrock in the 2010 general election.
|Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention|
14 June 2017 – 27 July 2019
|Prime Minister||Theresa May|
|Preceded by||position established|
|Succeeded by||Nadine Dorries|
|Member of Parliament|
|Assumed office |
6 May 2010
|Preceded by||Andrew MacKinlay|
|Born||5 August 1969|
Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
|Alma mater||University College, Durham|
Early life and career
Doyle-Price was born on 5 August 1969 in Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire. She was raised on a council estate, her father being a builder and her mother working at Woolworths. She was educated at Notre Dame High School, Sheffield and studied economics at University College, Durham. After graduating she worked for the Sheffield Enterprise Agency and for South Yorkshire Police. She later became Parliamentary Officer at City of London Corporation and then Private Secretary to the Lord Mayor of the City of London before working as a consumer advocate for the Financial Services Authority.
Doyle-Price was elected for the Conservative Party as the Member of Parliament for Thurrock at the 2010 general election, by a majority of 92 (0.2%) after two recounts. She retained her seat in May 2015, with a majority of 536 after a recount and in June 2017 with a majority of 345.
Doyle-Price made her maiden speech on 28 June 2010, speaking about the need for welfare reform. She was prepared to publicly challenge ministers on behalf of her constituents, particularly on transport issues connected with the Dartford Crossing and on the Government postponement of work to improve Junction 30 of the M25. In June 2010, she was appointed to the House of Commons which is responsible for scrutinising Government spending and whether it is delivering value for money. In May 2012 she was elected Chairman of the All Party Gurkha Welfare Group.
In the 2010 parliament, Doyle-Price was a member of "the forty" – the forty Conservative MPs with the smallest majorities. In 2012, she was named by Conservative Home as one of a minority of loyal Conservative backbench MPs not to have voted against the government in any significant rebellions.
Following the success of UKIP in the 2013 local elections, she said: "To see Parliamentary colleagues who are calling for an ever closer association with UKIP is exasperating for those of us who are at the coalface in the fight against Labour to secure a majority for the Conservative Party".
Doyle-Price was a co-sponsor of the private member's EU membership referendum bill that was given a second reading on 5 July 2013. On 14 January 2014, she led a debate in Westminster Hall on options for the new Lower Thames Crossing.
Following the 2015 general election, Doyle-Price was appointed as an assistant whip. On 2 December 2015 she was one of the tellers for the "Ayes" (those MPs supporting UK bombing in Syria) and on 1 February 2017 she was the government teller who announced the result of the vote to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon treaty. Following the 2017 election she was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department for Health. In July 2017, she spoke in parliament in her new role, answering a question from a DUP "shadow".
In October 2018, she was appointed as Minister for Suicide Prevention and Mental Health, a new position in the Department of Health and Social Care, and co-chaired the Women's Mental Health Taskforce. She left the government following the election of Boris Johnson as leader of the Conservative Party.
Doyle-Price employs her partner Mark Coxshall as her part-time Office Manager on a salary up to £30,000. The practice of MPs employing family members has been criticised by some sections of the media on the lines that it promotes nepotism. Although MPs who were first elected in 2017 have been banned from employing family members, the restriction is not retrospective – meaning that Doyle-Price's employment of her partner is lawful.
Coxshall, who has been a Conservative Party Councillor in Thurrock since 2010, was investigated in August 2013 by the Police for allegedly 'racist' comments made about travellers; he denied the allegations and was not subsequently prosecuted.
In July 2020, Doyle-Price was criticised[by whom?] for calling advancements made in Transgender and LGBT+ rights as "regressive" towards women. She later said that Liberal Democrats received donations from pharmaceutical companies involved in transgender medicine. She also supports a bathroom bill to ban transgender women from woman's facilities.
Doyle-Price criticised Eddie Izzard for asking to be referred to with she/her pronouns, stating: "Being a straight man who likes to cross dress is not being a lesbian in a man's body. No man with respect for women would appropriate female same-sex attraction for themselves."
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