Helen Grant MP was first elected to represent the Parliamentary Constituency of Maidstone & The Weald on 5th May 2010 after spending two and a half years campaigning for the role as the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate. She has since been returned as the MP in the general elections of May 2015 and June 2017 with ever growing local support.
Under David Cameron's government Helen served as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice and for Women's and Equalities, subsequently being promoted Minister for Sport and Tourism, whilst retaining the Equalities portfolio. She stood down from this role after the General Election in May 2015.
Born in London, Helen was brought up on the Raffles council estate in Carlisle for much of her early childhood. She quickly showed sporting talent, becoming captain of the school tennis and hockey teams, and representing the County in Hockey, Tennis, Athletics, and Cross-Country. She later became under-16 Judo Champion in North of England and Southern Scotland.
Helen moved on to obtain a law degree at the University of Hull, undertook solicitors' finals at the College of Law in Guildford and qualified as a solicitor in 1988.
Helen is married with two sons and enjoys tennis, movies, sporting events and family life.