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Anne Main

Anne Main
Member of Parliament
for St Albans
Assumed office
5 May 2005
Preceded by Kerry Pollard
Majority 12,732 (23.4%)
Personal details
Born (1957-05-17) 17 May 1957
Glamorgan, Wales
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Andrew
Children 4
Alma mater University of Sheffield, Swansea University

Anne Margaret Main (born 17 May 1957) is a Conservative Party politician in Britain. She was elected at the 2005 general election as the Member of Parliament (MP) for St Albans, defeating the Labour incumbent Kerry Pollard, and was re-elected in 2010 and 2015.


  • Early life 1
  • Political career 2
  • Expenses 3
  • Personal life 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

Main was born in Cardiff, Wales. She went to the Bishop of Llandaff Church in Wales High School in Rookwood Close in Llandaff, Cardiff. She read English at Swansea University obtaining a BA Hons, where she met her first husband, Stephen. She then obtained a PGCE from Sheffield University. She moved to the London area and taught English and drama at an inner London comprehensive school.

Political career

Main's political career began in 1999 when she became a town councillor in Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire.[1] She also served on South Bucks Council from 2001. In May 2005, she was elected as the Member of Parliament for St Albans.

On 13 August 2009, the local St Albans conservative association voted by a large margin (140 to 20 according to some sources[2]) to keep her as its candidate for the forthcoming general election, which had to be held before 3 June 2010. The local party vote was the consequence of a deselection bid, led by the association's chairwoman, in connection with public criticism over her parliamentary expenses.[3][4][5][6]

In the 2010 general election she held on to her seat with an increased majority, despite a 3.75% swing to the Liberal Democrats.[7] She increased her majority in May 2015 to 12,732, picking up some votes from the Liberal Democrats as part of the collapse of that party's national support.

As of 29 April 2013, she is the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Bangladesh.[8]


Main was investigated by The Daily Telegraph in May 2009 for claiming a second home allowance and a council tax discount for an apartment for a constituency home which was also lived in full-time and rent-free by her daughter.[9] On 26 June it became apparent that she would be facing a Parliamentary inquiry into these allegations under John Lyon, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, following a formal complaint thought to be from a constituent.[10]

In February 2010 Lyon concluded that the public should not have been expected to meet living costs for Main's daughter and Main was ordered to repay £7,100 (being £2,100 wrongly claimed for food, along with an additional £5,000 to reflect the daughter's use of the flat), and to provide a written apology to the committee.[11][12][13] Main had argued the Fees Office had told her it was permissible for her daughter to share the second home.

Main claimed £22,000 a year for a second home, despite being able to commute both from her taxpayer-funded flat in St Albans, 26 miles from Westminster, or from her family house in Beaconsfield, 31 miles from Westminster.[14]

Personal life

Main married Stephen Tonks in 1978, and they had a son and two daughters: Nick, Claire, and Jennifer. Stephen died of cancer, aged 34. In 1995, she married Andrew Jonathan Main, an IT director, with whom she had a fourth child, Alexander.[15]


  1. ^ - St Albans MP Anne Main's full interview with John Lyon, November 2009St Albans & Harpenden Review, in which she states that "My family are based in our main home [in Beaconsfield] and I like to get home and see my husband in the evening."
  2. ^ Conservative Home Blogs - Anne Main MP faces deselection vote ... and survives
  3. ^ - Anne Main: expenses de-selection battle descends into dirty tricks rowThe Daily Telegraph
  4. ^ BBC News - Tory MP faces deselection battle
  5. ^ - Tory MP Anne Main wins fight against deselectionThe Daily Telegraph
  6. ^ BBC News - Tory MP survives deselection bid
  7. ^ BBC Election 2010 - St Albans constituency result
  8. ^ Register Of All-Party Groups
  9. ^ - Anne Main and a rent-free flatThe Daily Telegraph
  10. ^ - MPs' expenses: Anne Main facing inquiryThe Daily Telegraph
  11. ^ - Tory MP Anne Main ordered to repay £7,100 after flat probeThe Independent
  12. ^ - St Albans MP Anne Main's expenses payback: the full storySt Albans & Harpenden Review
  13. ^ House of Commons Standards and Privileges Committee - Eighth Report: Mrs Anne Main, February 2010)
  14. ^ Sawyer, Patrick (12 July 2008). "MPs claim expenses for unnecessary homes". Telegraph (London). Retrieved 26 October 2014. 
  15. ^

External links

  • Anne Main official website
  • Conservative Women
  • - Anne Main MP
  • Meet the MP
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Kerry Pollard
Member of Parliament for St Albans
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