Helen Grant entered Parliament at the 2010 General Election after successfully defending the seat left vacant by Ann Widdicombe. She was the UK Minister for Justice 2012-13 with special responsibility for victims, Minister for Women and Equalities 2012-2014 and Minister for Sport and Tourism from 2013-2015, notably championing the growth of female participation in sport in the UK.
She returned to the backbenches after the 2015 general election to become a member of the International Development select committee, charged with examining the expenditure, policy and administration of HM Government’s Department for International Development and associated public bodies.
Helen has travelled extensively as a Parliamentarian across the globe and continues to do so, focussing upon issues concerning women and girls, equality, inclusivity, social cohesion, racism and religious discrimination.
She is the Conservative Party Ambassador for African Communities, a former Deputy Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Women in Parliament and a Patron of Women in Racing.
Born in London to a single mum, she was brought up on the Raffles council estate in Carlisle for much of her early childhood. She attended the local comprehensive school and 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. She 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.
In 1996 Helen set up Grants Solicitors, a specialist firm focused on dealing with the problems of family breakdown. From humble beginnings in her front room at home, the practice developed dramatically, at its peak looking after well over 15,000 clients in the South London, Surrey and West Kent area.
Helen is married and has two adult children.