Here Are A Few Details Missing From The Daily Mail’s “Downing Street Catwalk” Page

Behold, some women with impressive CVs.

Lots of people are tweeting this page from today’s Daily Mail. Here are a few biographical details not on it.

1. Liz Truss, secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs.

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According to Wikipedia:

Holds maths and advanced maths A-levels. Read philosophy, politics, and economics at Merton College, Oxford. After graduation in 1996, worked for Shell as a commercial manager and Cable & Wireless as economics director, and became a qualified management accountant. She then became deputy director at the think-tank Reform in 2008. Has authored and co-authored a number of papers and books, including After the Coalition (2011) and Britannia Unchained (2012).

2. Penny Mordaunt, minister for coastal communities

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According to Wikipedia:

Educated at a comprehensive near Portsmouth. Became carer to her younger brother after their mother died of breast cancer when Mordaunt was just 15. Paid her way through sixth-form college by becoming a magician’s assistant, then became the first member of her family to attend university, studying philosophy at the University of Reading.

Developed an interest in politics when working in the hospitals and orphanages of post-revolutionary Romania before and during her time at university. Has worked in business and communications in the private, public, and charitable sectors for employers such as the Freight Transport Association, a national lottery distributor, and Diabetes UK.

Is a Royal Navy reservist, once talked balls following the Queen’s Speech, and nearly smashed herself to bits on Splash! trying to raise money for Hilsea Lido.

3. Anna Soubry, minister of state at the Ministry of Defence

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According to Wikipedia:

Born to a garage-owner and a nurse in Lincolnshire and brought up in Nottinghamshire. Graduated in law from the University of Birmingham in 1979. Was a regional news journalist from 1981 until 1995. Has also been a trained barrister for decades.

Perhaps it’s also worth pointing out that she once went on The Andrew Marr Show and said UKIP leader Nigel Farage looked “like somebody has put their finger up his bottom and he really rather likes it”. And here is an interview in which she talks about “cupcake bollocks”.

4. Priti Patel, exchequer secretary to the Treasury

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According to Wikipedia:

Born to immigrants who came to the UK after the expulsion of Indians from Uganda in the 1970s: they ran a post office, then a shop. From 1995 to 1997, headed the press office for the Referendum Party, then worked for William Hague in his press office. Also in public affairs for Weber Shandwick. Is on the right wing of the Conservative party: caused particular controversy when she argued for the restoration of capital punishment on Question Time.

5. Claire Perry, parliamentary undersecretary of state at the Department for Transport

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According to and Wikipedia:

Was the first person in her family to stay on at school beyond the age of 16. Studied geography at Brasenose College, Oxford, obtaining two rowing Blues and graduating in 1985, and later obtained an MBA at Harvard. Worked in banking for Bank of America, McKinsey & Company, and Credit Suisse, and started her own small company offering financial advice for women. Moved with her family to Wiltshire in 2000 and gave up full time work to bring up her children, though did lots of local charity work.

Also swears quite a lot. Once got told off on Radio 5 for saying banks have a “big swinging-dick culture”. After House of Commons speaker John Bercow failed to pick her to speak last year, said, “What have I got to do to be called by him? Give him a blowjob?”, for which she later apologised. Also reported to have told Tory MP Douglas Carswell to “fuck off and join UKIP”.

6. Amber Rudd, parliamentary undersecretary of state for climate change

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According to Wikipedia:

Graduated from Edinburgh University with a degree in history, then worked for J.P. Morgan & Co., in London and New York, and worked in venture capital in London, raising funds for small businesses. Founded executive search and human resources consultancy Lawnstone Ltd. Is a trustee of the Snowdon Trust, an organisation that helps young disabled people access education. Vice chair of the all-party political group on female genital mutilation.

7. Baroness Stowell of Beeston, leader of the House of Lords and chancellor of the duchy of Lancaster

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According to Wikipedia:

Educated at Chilwell Comprehensive and Broxtowe College. Was a civil servant between 1986 and 1996, working at the Ministry of Defence, the British Embassy in Washington, and 10 Downing Street. Then worked in the private sector at companies including Paradine Productions and Granada Media. After working for the Conservative party, moved to the BBC and spent time in various roles, including head of corporate affairs between 2008 and 2010.

8. Nicky Morgan, secretary of state for education and minister for women and equalities

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According to BBC and Wikipedia:

Did an undergraduate degree in jurisprudence at St Hugh’s College, Oxford. Qualified as a solicitor, worked as a corporate lawyer and then had an in-house counsel role advising on corporate law.

Morgan was one of the 175 MPs who voted against gay marriage in February 2013. She said her decision was a matter of conscience that she could not reconcile with her faith, and that many more of her constituents had asked her to vote against gay marriage than for.


This post has been corrected to reflect that fact that much of the information came from Wikipedia.

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Alan White is a news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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