The Rt Hon Esther McVey was Minister of State at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government from 24 July 2019 to 13 February 2020.
She was previously Secretary of State for Work and Pensions from January to November 2018. She was Treasurer of HM Household (Deputy Chief Whip) from November 2017 to January 2018, and Minister of State for Employment from 2013 to 2015.
She was elected Conservative MP for Tatton in June 2017 and was a Conservative MP for Wirral West from 2010 to 2015.
Esther graduated in law before becoming a graduate trainee with the BBC in 1991. She returned to Liverpool John Moore’s university in 2008 to do an MSc in corporate governance.
Esther was the first MP to employ an apprentice and got the House of Commons authorities to introduce the scheme.
Career outside politics
After leaving the BBC, Esther worked as a broadcaster and a journalist, presenting and producing programmes such as GMTV, a legal series for Channel 4, a BBC consumer show and a BBC science show.
In 2000, she established her own business setting up office space for new start-up companies as well as establishing the biggest business women’s network in the north west.
She has written a careers book “If Chloe can”, which was turned into a play and performed at the National Youth Theatre.
Esther is passionate about issues such as careers, youth unemployment, apprenticeships, investment and business growth.