Parlimentary Battles

Annette Brooke MP
Annette Brooke was elected as a councillor on Poole Borough Council in 1986;
she was the council’s deputy leader 1995-7 and 1998–2000
Parliamentary career
Annette Brooke was elected as a councillor on Poole Borough Council in 1986; she was the council’s deputy leader 1995-7 and 1998–2000, and the Liberal Democrat Group Leader 2000-1. She was the Mayor of Poole in 1998. She contested the Conservative-held seat of Mid Dorset and Poole North at the 2001 General Election. At the previous election the Conservative Christopher Fraser won the seat by just 681 votes. In 2001 the tables were turned and Annette Brooke was elected as the Liberal Democrat MP for Mid Dorset and North Poole by 384 votes and held the seat until 2015 where it was lost to the conservatives. She made her maiden speech on 21 June 2001.
In Parliament she was made both a Liberal Democrat Whip and a Spokeswoman on Home Affairs by Charles Kennedy in 2001. In 2004 she became a spokeswoman on Children. Following the 2005 General Election (at which Annette Brooke held her seat with a much increased majority of 5,482), she became a spokeswoman on Education and Skills, and carried on in a similar position as spokeswoman on Children, Schools and Families.
In the 2010 General Election, Brooke’s majority fell to 269 votes; a reduction of 5,213 votes. Her main challenger for the seat, Nick King (Conservative), secured a swing of 7.7% making her majority one of the smallest of the 2010 Election. Following the defeat of Sandra Gidley in the 2010 General Election Brooke became the longest-serving female Lib Dem MP of the 55th parliament.
Brooke was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for public and political service. Brooke announced in 2013 that she would stand down as a Member of Parliament at the next general election in 2015.
Brooke was elevated to a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2015 Dissolution Honours Lists on 27th August 2015.
General Election 2001: Mid Dorset and North Poole
Liberal Democrat  Annette Brooke  18,358 42.0  +2.7
Conservative   Christopher Fraser  17,974 41.1  +0.4
Labour    James Selby Bennett   6,765  15.5  -0.3
UKIP    Jeff Mager      621  1.4   N/A
Majority         384  0.9  -0.4
Turnout      43,718  65.6  -9.8
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative Swing 1.15
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