Family life the bedrock for new Tory hopeful

Bury St Edmunds Conservative constituency candidates at the King Edward VI School last night for the

Bury St Edmunds Conservative constituency candidates at the King Edward VI School last night for the election that will see the winner fight the next general election. Jo Churchill - Credit: Archant

Jo Churchill’s political ambitions have been on hold while she juggled bringing up a family with a demanding job, not to mention two battles with cancer.

The 50-year-old is married to Peter and has four daughters, aged 21, 20 and 17-year-old twins. She is finance director for her family’s Lincolnshire business and is now preparing to move to Suffolk in her new role.

She said: “I’ve always been interested in politics. My father and grandfather had roles in the party locally. I’ve been a member of the party on and off for 25-30 years.”

In May 2013 she stood for election to Lincolnshire County Council and won a seat. She has had an ambition to get to Westminster for some time.

She said: “My husband is wonderful. He’s known for some time that I have this ambition and is very supportive.

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“I’ve put this off while we brought up the girls, but this is the right time for me to do this. The twins are just finishing their A levels at about the same time as the election, so it has fallen right.”

Mrs Churchill and her family will be looking to move to the constituency if she wins the seat at the general election and in the meantime she will be living in a property in the area.

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“We don’t know exactly where we will live, but it will probably be in the country – we like living in the countryside and we have dogs that need to be taken for long country walks,” she said.

She has been used to juggling her business, council and charity work for Breakthrough Breast Cancer while bringing up the family.

“It was not an option for us to have me staying at home. Like many people it was necessary for both of us to work, but it will be a bit different if things go well in May next year,” she added.

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