Congratulations to Anthea McIntyre MEP on being appointed Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party with responsibility for Training and will focus on making improvements to the training provided for the voluntary party including activists and young people. The Prime Minister has also appointed her to the Party Board.
This appointment is a new initiative by Party Chairman, Patrick McLoughlin. Like Patrick himself, Anthea is an experienced political campaigner who cut her political teeth as a member of the Young Conservatives, and is a long-time West Midlands activist.
As Conservative MEP for the West Midlands since 2011 Miss McIntyre is the Party’s Employment spokesman in Europe and sits on the European Parliament's Agriculture and Employment and Social Affairs Committees. She has drafted Parliamentary reports on subjects including smart farming, encouraging entrepreneurs and re-shoring jobs and recently piloted legislation through the Parliament to tackle deadly plant pests by stopping them arriving from abroad.
Prior to becoming an MEP, she stood for Westminster in the Redditch seat in 1997 and the Shrewsbury and Atcham seat in 2001.
Outside politics she is a director of MCP Systems, a consultancy specialising in business intelligence systems, as well as having a share in a family smallholding and vineyard in Herefordshire.
A lifelong Conservative activist, she described herself as "delighted and deeply honoured" to become vice-chairman.
She said: "I was thrilled to be asked by the Party Chairman to take on these roles and particular responsibilities. I believe firmly that training and skills are the key to lasting success - whether you are looking at a new enterprise, a major employer or the world's oldest political organisation.
"I am delighted and deeply honoured to have been entrusted with this task and look forward to playing a part in determining the future direction and strategy of our Party."