Jessica was born in Nottingham in 1976. Her mother worked in the NHS for over 40 years as a children's nurse and her father worked as a sales assistant. Jessica was the first person in her family to study A Levels and go on to university. Despite there being no lawyers or politicians in her family, at the age of 14 Jessica decided that she wanted to be a barrister and an MP! She read History & Politics at Royal Holloway, University of London before studying her law exams at the College of Law. Jessica was Called to the Bar in 2000 and built up a family law practice in chambers in London and Nottingham. Jessica has specialised in cases about child protection, adoption and private law cases between parents.
Jessica joined the Conservative Party aged 15 and has served in a wide number of voluntary roles for the Party for the last 20 years. She has also contributed to research work for the Party on adoption and social work and contributed to the Centre for Social Justice Report on Breakdown Britain. Jessica was selected for the Erewash constituency in 2007 and was elected in 2010 with a 2501 majority. Jessica achieved one of the biggest swings from Labour to the Conservatives at the General Election, with a swing of 10.5%.
Once in Parliament, Jessica was appointed as Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Attorney General, Dominic Grieve QC MP until he was replaced in July 2014.
Jessica has been an active member of the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme, joining the RAF division and has learnt a great deal visiting RAF stations and has even been to Camp Bastion in Afghanistan.
Jessica enjoys standing up for Erewash in debates and questions in Parliament, emphasising the strong industrial heritage in Erewash, the drive for Apprenticeships and vocational training, supporting SMEs, as well as speaking on looked after children, education reform and many other issues.
In her (limited!) spare time, Jessica enjoys reading historical books, cookery and after an inspired birthday present from her mum, has recently had her first flying lesson.