Helen Grant MP was elected to represent the Parliamentary Constituency of Maidstone & the Weald on 5th May 2010.
Helen is a true hard worker. She tenaciously campaigned against the downgrading of Maternity Services at Maidstone Hospital. She’s a powerful advocate of equal rights, and a patron and supporter of local charities, community groups and business across the Constituency. Helen has a particular affinity with Maidstone’s armed forces and military heritage. As well as looking after her ministerial responsibilities and managing a team of Parliamentary and Constituency staff, Helen holds open surgeries in her Maidstone office as well as other venues across the Weald.
On 5th September 2012 she was appointed Joint Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice and for Women’s and Equalities issues in David Cameron’s first ministerial re-shuffle since the general election.
On October 7th 2013 she was promoted in the Prime Minister’s second reshuffle to the high profile role of Minister for Sport whilst also retaining her equalities brief within the Department for Culture Media and Sport. She has rocketed up the ranks of Government – unheard of for such a new face to politics.
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.
Business & 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 has acted for over 15,000 clients since the outset 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 gave Helen 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 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 Equalities
For more information about Helen go to her personal website: www.helengrant.org