Victoria was born at the Horton General Hospital. She grew up on the mixed family farm in Aynho and has always lived locally. She has been Member of Parliament for North Oxfordshire since May 2015.
She attended universities in both London and Cambridge, and has degrees in English and Law. It was at Cambridge University that she met her future husband Sebastian.
In 1995 she qualified as a barrister. For seventeen years Victoria worked in the Civil Service as a lawyer, and until November 2014 was head of the Government’s Justice and Security team. This involved providing advice on the military, prisons and national security matters, and representing the Government in court.
Victoria made a longstanding commitment around 15 years ago to commit at least a day a week to a charity or other worthy cause, as much as possible in her local area. She founded and chaired (for nine years) the Oxford Hospital Trust’s Benefactors’ Board, which has raised significant amounts of money to support children’s services across the Trust. Other local charities with which she has been involved include Leonard Cheshire, NORPIP, and her parish church. She has also acted as Churchwarden and has been deeply involved in several campaigns about local issues, including cuts to services at the Horton and opposition to the Ardley wind turbines.
Victoria loves living in the village of Somerton, right in the centre of the constituency, with her husband and two daughters. The family are active members of the village community and take part in (or host!) many events, including May Day and an annual cider making festival. The highlight of Victoria’s year is organising the church nativity service, which includes donkeys, sheep, chickens, a real baby and LOTS of children! She is a passionate advocate of buying locally produced goods and has enjoyed raising pigs, sheep and cattle for the table. The family are also partial to a pub lunch and can speak with knowledge on many pubs in the constituency.
Immediately on being chosen to stand for her home constituency, Victoria resigned her job with the Government to campaign full time. Since being elected in May 2015 she has enjoyed visiting workplaces, schools, hospitals and pubs, and meeting as many of her almost 90,000 constituents as possible.
In Parliament Victoria sits on the Justice Select Committee and the Statutory Instruments Committee, and has made regular appearances in the House of Commons. Since her election she has helped to organise two national campaigns – Singing for Syrians, which has raised money for charities working in Syria; and Clean for The Queen, which organised a national litter pick ahead of the Queen’s 90th birthday. She is also Vice-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Baby Loss.
In July 2016 Victoria was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Ministers in the Department for Transport.