Member of Parliament for Broxtowe
Anna was born on December 7th 1956, in Lincoln County Hospital where her mother worked as a radiographer. Her father had a garage at Ranby and until she was 8, Anna lived at Dunham-on-Trent.
Anna passed the 11 plus and went to the Hartland in Worksop which went Comprehensive two years later where she completed her O and A levels. Anna went on from there to read Law at Birmingham University and subsequently trained as a barrister. It was at Birmingham where Anna first joined the Conservative Party and has been a member ever since. At Birmingham Anna was involved in student politics was elected as the first female Conservative to the National Union of Students Executive.
After working as a reporter at a local newspaper in Stirling, having been elected Rector of Stirling University, Anna got a job at Grampian TV in Aberdeen as a reporter and presenter on North Tonight. After two years at Grampian, Anna joined Central TV as a reporter on Central News East.
During her time at Central, Anna was the shop steward of the National Union of Journalists. At Central, Anna worked on a number of programmes: notably Central Weekend Live and Heart of the Country. Towards the end of Anna’s time in television Anna worked on “This Morning” with Richard and Judy and other programmes for Channel 4 and BBC 1.
In the mid 1990s, Anna left TV and returned to the Bar. Anna began working as a criminal barrister in the Midlands and practised up until three months prior to the 2010 General Election.
Anna lives with her two teenage daughters in Nottingham. Her youngest daughter is at University, and her eldest is currently working in Nottingham. Before he died, Anna’s father worked in Nottingham for Bell Fruit, and her mother retired after 40 years as a radiographer and radio therapist in the NHS and lives in Tuxford.
Anna enjoys gardening when she can, skiing and sailing whilst on holiday and spending as much free time as she can with her daughters and her partner, Neil. Anna likes to cook whenever she gets the chance, and likes to relax watching football, rugby and cricket.