Wendy Morton is a British politician and a Member of Parliament (MP) from the Aldridge-Brownhills constituency. She is a member of the Conservative Party. Wendy has represented the Aldridge-Brownhills constituency since 2015. The constituency was created in 1974 and at that time, it was won by Labour Party. Since 1979, the constituency has been consistently retained by Conservative Party.
In 2015 general election, Wendy defeated her nearest rival John Fisher of Labour Party by more than 10k votes. In 2017 election, she again defeated John Fisher. In 2019 election, she defeated David Morgan of Labour Party. A notable thing about these elections is that Wendy’s vote share has consistently increased. In 2015, her vote share was 52 percent. It rose to 65.4 percent in 2017 and 70.8 percent in 2019. This is evidence to Wendy’s rising popularity in her constituency.
Wendy’s popularity is quite natural, as she has been actively involved in a wide variety of community projects. She has also been a supporter of social action and volunteering. She has also played a key role in getting critical bills passed through parliament. It includes the ‘Local Audit (Public Access to Documents) Act 2017’, which allows journalists to access and evaluate public documents. This bill is intended to help achieve greater transparency in government affairs.
Early life and education
Wendy Morton was born in Yorkshire, from where she completed her schooling. Later, she did MBA from the Open University. Prior to her political career, Wendy had worked in sales and marketing. She had also launched her own business along with her husband. It was an electronics company that focused on designing and manufacturing specialized electronic products for agricultural industry.
Prior to her win from Aldridge-Brownhills constituency, Wendy had contested elections in 2005 from Newcastle upon Tyne Central constituency. However, she had come third in that election. She contested in 2010 general election from Tynemouth constituency. She came second, having been defeated by Alan Campbell of Labour Party. Her first success in her political career came in 2015 when she won Aldridge-Brownhills constituency.
Wendy has been given important roles and positions in the government since 2015. At the time of Theresa May, Wendy was chosen as an Assistant Government Whip. Earlier to that she had worked as a Parliamentary Private Secretary to Ministers at the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) as well as to the Secretary of State for International Development.
During Boris Johnson government, Wendy was assigned as the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice. After 2019, she was chosen as the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. She is the first MP from Aldridge-Brownhills to be chosen as a Government Minister.
When she is not in office, Wendy likes to engage in charity walks and runs. She is a member of Rotary. Her other interests include collecting art deco ceramics and canal boating.