Thérèse Coffey was appointed Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions on 8 September 2019.
Thérèse was previously Minister of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs between 25 July 2019 and 8 September 2019.
She was previously Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from 17 July 2016 to 25 July 2019. She was elected the Conservative MP for Suffolk Coastal in May 2010.
Thérèse graduated from University College London (UCL) with a PhD in chemistry.
Thérèse Coffey served as Deputy Leader of the House of Commons from May 2015 until July 2016.
Thérèse served on the Culture, Media and Sport Committee until she was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to Michael Fallon, Minister for Business and Energy.
Thérèse has campaigned on stopping the A14 toll, improving NHS experience for patients and better broadband.
Career outside politics
Thérèse worked for the international company Mars. When Thérèse qualified as a chartered management accountant, she became Finance Director for a UK subsidiary of Mars. She has also worked at the BBC.
Thérèse enjoys watching football, gardening and music, especially Muse. She is a CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) member.