Jane was elected to the House of Commons in December 2019 with 27,954 votes - an outright majority of 7,169.
She currently lives in Quorn, in the constituency, where she has lived since 1995. This has given her an in-depth understanding of the local area, as well as the concerns and priorities of local residents.
This understanding was greatly expanded during her time in a number of local roles, including the 10 years she spent working as the Caseworker for the previous Member of Parliament for Loughborough, supporting local residents and businesses with their, often urgent, problems, including housing, education, financial and immigration issues, as well as her role as a Charnwood Borough Council Councillor, under which she held the position of: Champion for Children and Young People; Champion for Play; Lead Member for Democratic Services and Change Management; Lead Member for Housing and Regulatory Services; and Chair of Scrutiny Commission.
Jane has also been Honorary Secretary of Loughborough Chamber of Trade and Commerce, a trustee of three local charities and a school governor at local schools.
Before entering politics, Jane worked in commercial business for 15 years, later moving into the civil service and charity work.
Jane is married with two adult children, both of whom were born at Leicester General Hospital and went to school and college locally.
Jane gave her maiden speech in the House of Commons on 20th January 2020, referring to all areas of the constituency and how they work as a team. Her hashtag on social media is #TeamLoughborough to show how we all work together for the good of the area.
Jane is currently a member of the newly formed Business and Trade Select Committee, which is responsible for scrutinising the work of the Department for Business and Trade and holding inquiries into internal and external business and trade issues.
Jane is also currently a member of a number of All Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs), which bring together MPs and Lords from across the political divide to try to progress a particular policy area or region. These include:
- Midlands Engine
- Mining and Quarrying
- East Midlands
- Town Centres
- Brain Tumours
Along with her work in Parliament, Jane has held a number of roles within Government, including Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and in the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, supporting Ministers with their work to deliver on the priorities of the public.
Jane was also honoured to have been selected to serve as Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Labour Markets, having had responsibility for, amongst other things: small business, enterprise and access to finance; labour markets; retail; hospitality; skills; and levelling up.
Supporting businesses, improving skills and attracting wider investment into the Loughborough Constituency are central to Jane’s mission as an MP so, while she was pleased and grateful to have been promoted whilst in office, she considered this a means to promote Loughborough at a higher level within government and do all she can to support the people of Loughborough, Shepshed and the villages to the very best of her ability.