Caroline Spelman has been the Member of Parliament for Meriden, in the West Midlands, since 1997.
In Opposition, she served in the Shadow Cabinet, covering the Environment, International Development and Communities and Local Government portfolios, as well as holding other senior posts.
When the Coalition Government was formed in May 2010 Caroline was appointed Secretary of State for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. In this role she has overall responsibility for a great number of issues. These range from the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy through international biodiversity and on to the management of the marine environment.
In October 2010 she took a prominent role in successfully negotiating new targets to protect the natural environment. All part of the international community’s work on the Convention for Biological Diversity.
Before entering Parliament, Caroline worked in the agriculture sector. She held a number of senior posts in the industry. From 1984 to 1989 she was Deputy Director of the European Beet Growers Confederation. She became a research fellow for the Centre of European Agriculture Studies in 1989. She has also authored a book on the non-food use of agricultural products.
Caroline is fluent in French and German and holds a BA First Class in European Studies from Queen Mary College. She is married with three children.