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Biography

Sarah Teather became MP for Brent East in September 2003, when she won a landmark by-election on a dramatic swing from the Labour party. She remained the MP for Brent East until the 2010 election when she was re-elected to the new seat of Brent Central with an 13% swing. When elected to Parliament, Sarah was the youngest MP in Britain.

In parliament, Sarah has been a passionate and active advocate for her constituents. She campaigned for better provision of health services locally and against Post Office closures, ID cards, the war in Iraq and for action on the housing crisis and environmental issues. Sarah works closely with local campaign groups, and has a constituency office open to the public every day. She has helped many thousands of local people with their problems, and finds this part of an MP's work particularly rewarding.

When her constituent was held in Guantánamo Bay without charge or trial Sarah led the campaign to bring him justice. She organised a vigil outside Downing Street, visited Washington to lobby US senators, and established the All-party Parliamentary Group on Guantánamo Bay.

Brent Central is said to be the most ethnically diverse constituency in the country, and to communicate better with her constituents Sarah learnt some elementary Gujarati, Hindi and Urdu.

Sarah lives in her constituency in Willesden Green, and enjoys music. Until her appointment as a minister she was a member of the parliament choir and continues to sing soprano with a small group of friends known as the north London Ensemble.

Following the formation of the coalition government Sarah was appointed Minister of State for Children and Families, a position she held until September 2012. During that time she had responsibility for early learning and development, child care and children's centres, special educational needs, disabled children, young carers and child poverty.

Experience

Before her election to parliament, Sarah read Natural Sciences at St John's College, Cambridge. She worked in science policy both in the public and private sectors, first at the Royal Society advising the UK government on scientific aspects of public policy, and later at a science policy consultancy, evaluating public policies on science and innovation for governments across Europe. Immediately before her election Sarah was working as a health and social policy analyst for Macmillan Cancer Relief.

Parliamentary Experience

Spokesperson for Health (2003-04); Spokesperson on London (2004-05); Spokesperson for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (2005); Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Skills (2006); Shadow Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (2007); Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (2007 - 2008); Shadow Minister for Housing (2008 - 2010); Minister of State for Children and Families (2010 - 2012)

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