Chloe Smith gets things done for Norwich North. With years of experience as your MP, she’s an effective, energetic campaigner for the city that you can rely on.
She’s won billions of pounds of investment for Norwich like new trains, new roads, new surgeries and hospital upgrades. She is founder of a project that’s got over 2000 of Norwich young people into work.
And she listens. Chloe’s helped thousands more people in Norwich North with individual issues.
Chloe keeps working to secure a better future for Norwich, listening to constituents to form the priorities for Norwich North:
In the last General Election, more voters backed Chloe than ever before, resulting in the highest vote share of any Conservative candidate in Norwich North since 1951. She is Norwich North's longest serving MP in modern times, and people have placed their trust in her a record number of times.
When first elected in 2009, Chloe set out a contract with the voters of Norwich North, showing what she would do and what kind of MP she would be. She has kept those promises. Chloe has continued to work hard for her constituents ever since; she has worked hard to tackle Norwich’s problems and takes Norwich North’s needs to the heart of Westminster. Her vote in Parliament has supported many improvements which have helped thousands back at home in Norwich.
Chloe's recently beaten breast cancer. She’s back with full health and lots of energy.
During her time as an MP she has also served at the highest levels of Government, in the teams of all Prime Ministers since 2010. She has been Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, building and leading the new government department and breaking ground by providing maternity cover at Cabinet level. She led the Department for Work and Pensions, and before that was Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work. In that role she drew on her 10 years of first-hand experience from the Norwich for Jobs project, which she founded in 2013, focusing on helping young people aged 18-24 into work and supporting those with mild to moderate physical and mental disabilities. She has also been Minister for the Constitution spanning a decade, and a Northern Ireland Minister and a Treasury Minister. Whilst serving as a back-bench MP, her Parliamentary work included scrutiny of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, and two Childcare bills which will provide help to millions of families, and service on two select committees.
She was awarded both “Youth Friendly MP 2014” and “Grassroots Diplomat Initiative - Business Driver 2014”. She has chaired the All Party Parliamentary Group for Youth
Employment, chaired the National Youth Agency’s Commission into Young People & Enterprise (2014-15) and was a commissioner on the Industry and Parliament Trust’s Youth Skills Commission (2014-15). She has played a key role in the All Party Parliamentary Group for Democratic Participation.
Chloe also takes a keen interest in transport, having served on the Commons Transport Select Committee. She has chaired the All Party Parliamentary Group for Air Ambulances, and served as Chair of Trustees of the Air Ambulance Association (Charity). She co-chaired the Great Eastern Mainline Rail Taskforce (2013-2017), which secured £1bn of investment for East Anglia. She’s particularly proud that this work has brought about the new trains which constituents are using now – which in turn will bring thousands of jobs to Norwich.
Chloe has worked internationally too, representing Britain through the Inter-Parliamentary Union and training overseas sister parties in Africa and Eastern Europe through the Westminster Foundation for Democracy. With the UN and other agencies, she has assisted new MPs in Burma in developing their Parliament.
Chloe grew up in Norfolk. She went to two comprehensive schools in West Norfolk, followed by York University where she studied English. Before being elected to Parliament, Chloe worked for Deloitte, a leading international firm which advises private businesses, government departments and public bodies.
She is an active charity volunteer, having attempted to climb Mt Kilimanjaro in 2006 for the British Heart Foundation and Leukaemia Research and having completed fundraising challenges for local charities such as John Grooms Court. She is a trustee or patron of a range of organisations, with lots of experience. Chloe is a member of the Wensum Academy Trust and has been chair of governors for a constituency primary school too. She has helped lead the Norwich Opportunity Area, because she believes in working both nationally and locally to lead improvements for the life chances of the poorest children in Norwich.
Chloe’s a mum of two, committed to her family as well as her community. When there's any spare time left for hobbies she loves cycling and has recently taken up kayaking!