Helen Grant 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, June 2017 and December 2019 with ever growing local support.
Under David Cameron's government Helen served as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice and for Women and Equalities, subsequently being promoted Minister for Sport and Tourism, whilst retaining the Equalities portfolio.
In January 2018 Prime Minister Theresa May appointed Helen Conservative Party Vice Chairman for Communities. It is a role that takes her nationwide as a party ambassador; engaging with ethnically diverse, disabled, disadvantaged and LGBT+ groups; listening, acting on concerns and suggestions, and feeding back to the Party and to Government.
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 adult sons and enjoys tennis, movies, sporting events and family life.
Business and community
In 1996 Helen set up Grants Solicitors as a specialist firm focused on dealing with the problems of family breakdown, and Domestic Violence in particular.
The practice acted for over 15,000 clients and, perhaps uniquely, the firm operated free weekly Domestic Violence outreach and advice services in multiple locations across South London, Surrey and West Kent.
Children formed a significant proportion of the work too, which over the years provided Helen with a deep understanding of the many problems relating to the health, well-being and behaviour of children within their families and as members of the community generally.
Helen was a non-executive director of the Croydon NHS Primary Care Trust from January 2005 until retiring in March 2007 to concentrate on becoming an MP. Her role at the Trust involved supervising and overseeing the delivery of integrated healthcare for the community, holding to account the professionally lead executive and helping to ensure best use of financial resources to maximise benefits for patients.
- Articles of Clerkship - Cartmell, Mawson & Main, Carlisle
- Clinical Negligence Solicitor, Hempsons Solicitors, London.
- Equity Partner, Fayers & Co. Solicitors, South Wimbledon.
- Senior Partner, Grants Solicitors LLP, Croydon.
- MP for Maidstone & The Weald
- Joint Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice and for Women and Equality issues
- Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Sport and Tourism
- Conservative Party Vice Chairman for Communities