Elected as the Conservative MP for South Cambridgeshire in 2015 and again in 2017, Heidi Allen lives in Elsworth with her husband Phil. She came to politics from business, having worked for 18 years in a variety of industries. Prior to running her own manufacturing business, she worked in the private sector for organisations such as ExxonMobil and the public sector with the Royal Mail.
This combination of a broad business knowledge, plus a degree in Astrophysics, means Heidi has been able to represent the diverse interests of the constituency and promote the growth of its small and medium sized enterprises and high-tech industries too. Having grown up in rural Yorkshire, she also understands the rural way of life and the importance of maintaining the character and individuality of villages. She has worked with the Housing Minister to explore what further protections might be available to protect local communities from inappropriate speculative housing developments.
Over the last 2 years, Heidi has gained a reputation for being an independently minded backbencher, unafraid to speak out in the House of Commons. A member of the Work and Pensions Select Committee, she has influenced the national debate on the funding of the welfare state, regularly speaking up for families on low incomes and for the disabled. She is very proud to have been awarded the “Conservative Newcomer MP of the Year" in 2016 for her work in representing the vulnerable and marginalised. She was also instrumental in the Government agreeing to take in more child refugees displaced by the war in Syria and was recognised again for her work on this issue winning "Conservative MP of the Year" in 2017.
Although she supported “Remain” in the EU Referendum, she accepts the decision made by the nation. However she maintains Parliament is sovereign and worked with fellow MPs to ensure Parliament has a vote on the final deal.
Heidi said "I believe that representing South Cambridgeshire, the most economically active constituency in the country and one of the very few who contribute positively to the UK tax coffers, we are especially important to the Government. Brexit will only work for the UK if it works for South Cambridgeshire, and if re-elected will leverage this unique quality with every fibre in my being!
"We rely heavily on the skills of EU Nationals in science, agriculture and healthcare and are renowned for our international collaboration. I want to ensure free movement of these precious skills is still possible post Brexit. I know this is something our Prime Minister wants to achieve too, indeed our economy needs it!"
Heidi can be contacted on 01223 830037 (Constituency office) or 020 7219 5091 (Westminster office) or at firstname.lastname@example.org.