Meet the MPs: Profiling the Conservative 2015 intake

22 May 2015

In the first Parliament to see a Conservative majority in almost 20 years, 73 Conservative MPs have entered the House for the very first time

It does appear that the Conservative party is succeeding in becoming more representative of the British public in some ways.

The proportion of new Conservative MPs who are women is approximately 38 per cent - relatively high compared to the overall proportion in Parliament, which is 29 per cent.

Approximately one in ten of the new recruits come from ethnic minority backgrounds, and approximately four per cent of Conservative MPs are LGBT.

However, in other areas the party continues to struggle. While the recent intake has managed to reduce the number of Conservative MPs who were privately educated, a startling 48 per cent went to independent schools. In addition, 34 per cent attended either Oxford or Cambridge.

Writing before the Election about prospective parliamentary candidates in safe seats, ConservativeHome also noted an increase in the number of Conservative candidates who had studied law or had a background in local government, and a fall in those who had studied PPE or worked as Special Advisers in Government.

With a new phalanx of Conservative MPs entering Parliament, we take a look at the rising stars, and likely rebels, in the 2015 to 2020 Parliament.

James Cleverly

London Assembly Member James Cleverly typifies the modern Conservative ideal, having been educated at state schools before going into the magazine and web publishing industry and establishing his own company.

Mr Cleverly, formerly Chair of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority who presided over an efficiency drive that saw cuts to services, will be balancing his work as an Assembly Member and an MP in the first few months.

However, having secured the safe seat of Braintree, Mr Cleverly is likely to become a prominent figure in this Parliament and could find himself in a ministerial position sooner rather than later.

To read DeHavilland’s interview with Mr Cleverly before the Election, please click here.

Oliver Dowden

One of the few Special Advisers making the transition to being an MP in this Parliament, Mr Dowden is the former Deputy Chief of Staff to Prime Minister David Cameron and also acted as the Deputy Campaigns Director of the party.

Renowned for his skills in the “attacking form of political communications”, Mr Dowden’s close connections to Downing Street are likely to see him join the fast track to a ministerial post.

Among the policy priorities Mr Dowden highlighted in his campaign were improving transport infrastructure, preserving green belt land and improving education.

Lucy Frazer

A barrister with a wide range of experience in financial services, Ms Frazer is the former President of the Cambridge Union Society. She was also appointed to the Serious Fraud Office Panel between 2001 and 2008.

She has expressed a desire to improve state education in her constituency, having previously been a school governor.

Ms Frazer has been noted as one of the “future stars of the Conservative Party” by Justice Secretary Michael Gove.


A notable local campaigner, Anne-Marie Trevelyan has worked for many years to push the Government to make the A1 a dualled road, and has called on ministers to extend the stretch they have said they would dual.

Having already harangued the Transport Secretary on her first day in Parliament, Ms Trevelyan seems more willing to pursue the interests of her constituents than those of her party, and may prove somewhat rebellious in a Parliament where the Conservatives have a relatively small majority.

Ms Trevelyan has also opposed the construction of onshore wind farms and called for an improvement in broadband infrastructure in rural areas.

To read DeHavilland’s interview with Ms Trevelyan before the Election, please click here.

Thomas Tugendhat

Having worked extensively in Defence in both a military and Civil Service role, Mr Tugendhat served in Iraq and has authored reports for Policy Exchange on the impact of civilian norms on military conduct.

He has also served as Adviser to the Governor of Helmand Province and worked as an Energy Analyst

He has notably also indicated an opposition to regulatory and tax burdens on individuals.

Madhav Bakshi, Political Analyst
Madhav Bakshi
Political Analyst

Madhav Bakshi is a Political Analyst within DeHavilland’s Editorial Team and leads on Energy policy. He is a graduate of King’s College London, where he studied International Politics.