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Sarah Teather MP


Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Housing
Incumbent
Assumed office 
8 October 2008
Leader Nick Clegg
Preceded by Lembit Opik

Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
In office
20 December 2007 – 8 October 2008
Leader Nick Clegg
Preceded by Lembit Opik
Succeeded by John Thurso

Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Innovation, Universities and Skills
In office
4 July 2007 – 20 December 2007
Leader Menzies Campbell
Preceded by Department Created
Succeeded by Stephen Williams

Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Education and Skills

Member of Parliament
for Brent East
Incumbent
Assumed office 
18 September 2003
Preceded by Paul Daisley
Majority 2,712 (8.7%)

Born 1 June 1974 (1974-06-01) (age 35)
London Borough of Enfield
Political party Liberal Democrats
Alma mater St John's College, Cambridge
Website Official site

Sarah Louise Teather (born 1 June 1974[1], Enfield, London) is a British Liberal Democrat politician, Member of Parliament for Brent East, Liberal Democrat Shadow Housing Minister[2], and Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Guantanamo Bay.[3][4]

She was first elected on 18 September 2003 in the Brent East by-election and re-elected with an increased majority on 5 May 2005 in the 2005 general election.[1]

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Early life

She was educated at the independent Leicester Grammar School and St John's College, University of Cambridge, where she gained a 2:1 degree in Natural Sciences specialising in pharmacology.[5]

Teather initially embarked on a PhD at University College London, but left the course at the end of her first year. She went on to work as a policy advisor for a number of prominent groups including the Royal Society and the charity Macmillan Cancer Relief.[6]

Member of Parliament

Teather first contested an election on 7 June 2001 in the seat of Finchley and Golders Green. On 3 May 2002 she became a councillor on Islington London Borough Council.[7]

In 2003 she was selected as the party's candidate in the Brent East by-election, which was called after death of the Labour MP Paul Daisley.[8]

The by-election took place during the early stages of the Iraq War. The Liberal Democrats came from third place behind Labour and the Conservatives, with a 39.12% share of the total and 1,118 majority.[9]

The by-election was Labour's first by-election defeat in 15 years. Teather was the youngest member of the House, informally known as the "Baby of the House".[10]

She subsequently resigned her seat on Islington Council, as well as her candidature for the GLA seat in North East London.

At the 2005 general election, Teather retained her seat and increased her majority.[1]

In May 2009, she was listed by The Telegraph as one of the "Saints" in the expenses scandal[11]

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Lib Dems Frontbench Team

In parliament Teather became one of the highest profile Liberal Democrat MPs. Initially acting as her party's spokesperson on London, after the 2005 general election she was promoted to the front bench to serve as the Liberal Democrat Spokeswoman on Community and Local Government. [12 ]

On 6 January 2006, 25 Liberal Democrat MPs signed a letter drafted by Teather and fellow frontbencher Ed Davey, indicating their unwillingness to continue working under party leader Charles Kennedy. The Guardian claimed the letter to be "the most damning" of the publicly expressed sentiments regarding Kennedy's position,[13] and later that day Kennedy announced his resignation. Teather supported Menzies Campbell in the subsequent leadership election.[14][15]

She was promoted again to Education Spokeswoman[16] following Menzies Campbell's election as leader on 2 March 2006 and now acts as the party's spokesperon for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform.[12 ]

Other activities

In Autumn 2006, she spent a week observing in schools, writing a daily blog of the experience for Guardian Unlimited.[17]

She established the All Party Parliamentary Group on Guantanamo Bay in March 2007, and has used the group to campaign against the detention without charge of Jamil el-Banna, a constituent. She has visited Washington twice to lobby on his behalf, and also works closely on the case with the anti-death penalty charity, Reprieve and Amnesty International.[18][19]

Boundary changes

Brent East and neighbouring Brent South are to be abolished at the next general election. On 31 August 2006 Teather announced her intention to stand for the new Brent Central constituency.[20] She will face Labour MP Dawn Butler, the member for Brent South.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Paul Daisley
Member of Parliament for Brent East
2003–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
David Lammy
Baby of the House
2003–2005
Succeeded by
Jo Swinson

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