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Esther McVey
Born Esther McVey
24 October 1967 (1967-10-24) (age 42)
Liverpool, England
Residence West Kirby
Nationality British
Education The Belvedere Academy
Alma mater Queen Mary & Westfield College
City University, London
Occupation Company Director
PPC West Wirral
Home town Liverpool
Height 5ft 4.5inches
Known for Television presenter
Businesswoman
PPC Conservative Party (UK)
Political party Conservative Party (UK)
Board member of Making It (UK) Ltd
Winning Women
Website
Esther McVey at the Conservative Party

Esther McVey (born 24 October 1967 in Liverpool) is a British law graduate, TV presenter, businesswoman and Conservative prospective Parliamentary candidate.

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Biography

McVey was educated in Liverpool at The Belvedere School, and under took a law degree at Queen Mary & Westfield University College, London. July 2009 McVey graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a distinction for her MSc in Corporate Governance, on top of which she won the North of England Excellence Award for her studies.

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Career

McVey has worked in the family business all her life which specialises in demolition and site clearance,[1] land reclamation and regeneration.

She returned to the family business after University, while undertaking a post graduate course in radio journalism at City University, London before embarking on a career in the media, both as a presenter and producer. McVey has presented and produced a vast range of programmes, co-hosting GMTV, BBC1's science entertainment series How Do They Do That?, 5's Company, The Heaven and Earth Show, Shopping City, BBC2's Award winning Youth current affairs programme Reportage, and Channel4's legal seriesNothing But The Truth with Ann Widdecombe. McVey has debated at the Oxford Union and took part in Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues at the Liverpool Empire Theatre alongside Jean Boht and Anita Dobson.


McVey curtailed her television career to focus on politics. She returned to Liverpool and set up her own business Making It (UK) Ltd, which provides training for SME's and through which she founded Winning Women.[2]


Winning Women is a business women's network established to support women in business and help women set up in business. WW reaches right across the northwest, holding events, exhibitions, seminars, business debates and discussion groups.

In Jan 2010 Esther's Winning Women joined forces with Etta Cohen's Forward Ladies to create an even bigger business women's organisation that now covers the North of England. The organisation will continue as Forward Ladies. www.forwardladies.com


Making It also provides office and incubator space to help women set up in business and is now working on a project in the north of Liverpool to create a learning centre and business space.


Esther works with Gee Walker and The Anthony Walker Foundation, The Wirral Women's Refuge, Wirral Holistic Cancer Care, Phoenix Survivors and 'Families fighting For Justice'.

McVey was nominated for both Merseyside Woman of the Year and Cheshire Woman of the Year 2004/05.

Political career

A supporter of Conservative Way Forward, in 2005, McVey stood as a Conservative Party candidate in the UK General Election, in the Wirral West constituency losing to the sitting Labour MP Stephen Hesford by 1097 votes. In January 2008, McVey agreed in an out of court settlement to pay Hesford £6,500 in damages and legal costs after a member of her team copied on her blog an article from The Mail on Sunday that the MP was planning to take part in what was described as a cricket “junket” to Australia and New Zealand.[3] Hesford had intended to go on the tour and had paid a substantial deposit but some time later cancelled.

Since 2005, Wirral West has been subject to boundary changes. Therefore it is considered a notional Conservative hold despite having a Labour MP. McVey has been reselected to fight the Wirral West constituency, in any forthcoming election.[1]

Personal life

Presently single, McVey lives in West Kirby. As a long standing friend of Kate McCann - they met aged 18 at Northeast Technical College - McVey helped the family set up the Madeleline McCann Fund and remained part of the board for eight months.[4]

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