Pauline Latham

Pauline Elizabeth Latham, OBE (born 4 February 1948)[1] is a British Conservative Party politician, who was elected at the 2010 general election as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Mid Derbyshire.

Pauline Latham

Latham in 2020
Member of Parliament
for Mid Derbyshire
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded byConstituency created
Majority15,385 (31.2%)
Personal details
Born (1948-02-04) 4 February 1948 (age 73)
Lincolnshire, England
Political partyConservatives
Spouse(s)Derek Latham
WebsiteOfficial Website

Early life

Latham was born on 4 February 1948 in Lincolnshire.[2] She grew up in Nottinghamshire, and her early education was at Bramcote Hills Technical Grammar School.[2][3] Latham moved to Derbyshire in 1970.[3]

Political life

She was a Conservative member of Derbyshire County Council from 1987 to 1993, and was a Derby City Councillor from 1992 to 1996 and from 1998 to 2010. She held the position of Mayor of Derby during 2007/08.[4] She was also a governor of Ecclesbourne School for 12 years.[5] She was a candidate for Broxtowe at the 2001 general election, and stood as a European candidate in 1999 and 2004 for the East Midlands.[6]

Parliamentary career

Latham's name was added to the A-List of high priority Conservative candidates created by David Cameron,[7] and she was selected as the candidate for Mid Derbyshire, a new constituency created as a result of changes proposed by the Boundary Commission for England.[8] She was elected to Parliament at the 2010 general election, with 48.3% of the votes and a majority of 11,292.[9]

Latham voted for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union in the 2016 referendum. She is a member of the European Research Group.[10] Latham voted for then Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit withdrawal agreement on 29 March 2019.[11] She supported Esther McVey in the 2019 Conservative Party leadership election.[12] In February 2017, Latham said that other governments across Europe should be looking after refugee children from Calais in their jurisdictions, not Britain. She said that refugee children were not under threat of murder, that they were in safe countries, and other governments should deal with them.[13]

In Parliament, she has served on the select committee for International Development.[14]

Following an interim report on the connections between colonialism and properties now in the care of the National Trust, including links with historic slavery, Latham was among the signatories of a letter to The Telegraph from the "Common Sense Group" of Conservative Parliamentarians. The letter accused the National Trust of being "coloured by cultural Marxist dogma, colloquially known as the 'woke agenda'".[15]

In the Fifty-seventh parliament, she sponsored the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) Bill, which would raise the legal age for marriage from 16 to 18.[16]

Honours and Awards


  1. Brunskill, Ian (19 March 2020). The Times guide to the House of Commons 2019 : the definitive record of Britain's historic 2019 General Election. p. 166. ISBN 978-0-00-839258-1. OCLC 1129682574.
  2. "Pauline Latham MP". BBC News. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016.
  3. "Joint Delegation of Whips from the Parliaments of Ghana & Kenya" (PDF). p. 15.
  4. "Profile: Pauline Latham". Telegraph Website. Archived from the original on 31 August 2011.
  5. "MP Pauline Latham backs University of Derby Youth Work Programme". University of Derby. 21 November 2018. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  6. "Profile: Pauline Latham". Archived from the original on 25 April 2010. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
  7. "Where are the original A-Listers now? The 18 who have been selected for Conservative seats". Conservative Home.
  8. "Election 2010: Mid Derbyshire". Belper News. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
  9. "Election 2010 | Derbyshire Mid". BBC News. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  10. Sutherland, Rachel (2 April 2019). "Derbyshire MP calls for Theresa May's resignation over Brexit shambles". Derby Telegraph. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  11. "Division 395, United Kingdom from the European Union". Hansard. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  12. Latham, Pauline. "Pauline Latham: Why I am voting for McVey". Conservative Home.
  13. O'Carroll, Lisa (23 February 2017). "Stop being sentimental about child refugees, says Tory MP". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
  14. "Pauline Latham". Parliament UK. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  15. "Britain's heroes". Letter to the Daily Telegraph. 9 November 2020. Retrieved 30 January 2021.CS1 maint: others (link)
  16. "MP Pauline Latham's bid to criminalise child marriage under 18". BBC News. 7 October 2020. Retrieved 17 June 2021.
  17. "Jack Laurenson: Ukraine's Friend and Foe of the Week". KyivPost. 5 September 2019. Retrieved 25 February 2020.