Pauline was elected as the first ever Member of Parliament for Mid Derbyshire in 2010. She has lived in Derbyshire since 1970 and was actively involved in local politics for much of this time. She was first elected as councillor for Breadsall Ward, later renamed as Oakwood on Derbyshire County Council in 1987, then as a member of Derby City Council, and was the Mayor of Derby from 2007-8. She also held the post of Governor for The Ecclesbourne School.
In Parliament, Pauline sits on the International Development Select Committee. As a member of this committee she has been fighting to ensure investigations into the Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in the Aid sector and calling for “sustainable, meaningful change” in the sector to stop the abuse from occurring. The Committee is currently investigating the effectiveness of UK aid abroad. Pauline is also a member of the Joint Committee on Human Rights, a member of the Administration Committee, which looks at, amongst other things, the restoration and renewal of Parliament, and is a Secretary on the 1922 Committee of Conservative backbenchers. Pauline was previously a member of the Committee on Arms and Export Controls.
Pauline was previously a Parliamentary Private Secretary in the Foreign Office to the Minister of State, Rt Hon Sir Hugo Swire then to Rt Hon Sir Alan Duncan MP. She is currently the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Kenya and the Parliamentary Ambassador for the Performing Arts.
Pauline is working on a number of campaigns at the moment including: supporting her Constituent, Jacci Woodcock’s ‘Dying to Work’ campaign to promote the rights of terminally ill workers; advocating to close legal loopholes which permit forced child marriage; calling for a ban on sunbeds to help tackle melanoma; campaigning to raise awareness of aortic dissection and campaigning for the Ukrainian Holodomor (1932-33) to be recognised as a genocide.