Helen Grant MP

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Helen Grant is the Minister for Sport, Tourism and Equalities, in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Between 2012 and 2013 she held the joint ministerial post of the Minster of Justice and for Women's and Equalities issues. She became the first black female Conservative MP in 2010 when she won the seat for Maidstone and the Weald at the May general election, stepping into the shoes of well-known Ann Widdecombe, who stood down. Helen retained the seat in the 2015 General Election.

Before standing as a prospective Parliamentary candidate, Helen was the senior partner in her firm, Grants Solicitors, based in Croydon, which is now managed by her husband. She established the firm in 1996 and it specialises in dealing with the problems of family breakdown and the victims of racial, ethnic, homophobic and religious hate. Helen was born in London and grew up on a council estate in Carlisle for much of her early childhood. She graduated in Law from the University of Hull and attended the College of Law in Guildford before qualifying as a solicitor in 1988.

She is a member of the following All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG): for the Armed Forces Army Division, Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme, Commonwealth, Entrepreneurship and Women in Parliament. Helen is involved with a number of organisations, including the Maidstone region of national charity Tomorrow’s People, whose mission is to break the cycle of unemployment and dependency and the Maidstone MENCAP Trust.

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The Legal History and the Legal Eves sections.