Lady Mary has been a resident of Hampshire for over fifty years. From 1994-2014 she was Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire and was a patron or president of many local and national organisations.
Lady Mary is a Dame of the Order of St John, the first Chancellor of the University of Winchester and is High Steward of the City of Winchester. She was appointed a Dame Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in 2009, and a Companion of the Order of St Swithun in 2017. Last year Lady Mary was appointed to be a Lady Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter.
DAME MARIA MILLER DBE MP
Maria Miller is the Conservative MP for Basingstoke
Maria was born in Wolverhampton on 26 March 1964. She is married to Iain Miller and they have three children, one daughter and two sons.
Educated at Brynteg Comprehensive, Bridgend, South Wales, Maria went on to study at London School of Economics.
Maria was first elected to represent Basingstoke in the 2005 General Election.
Before entering Parliament, Maria worked for 20 years in marketing, including board level experience, and appreciates some of the pressures faced by working parents.
On becoming a Member of Parliament, Maria was appointed to the Trade and Industry Select Committee. David Cameron appointed her as Shadow Minister for Education in December 2005, then Shadow Minister for Family Welfare in the Department for Work and Pensions in November 2006. Maria moved back to the Education team as Shadow Minister for the Family in July 2007 and remained in post until the 2010 General Election.
Maria was appointed Minister for Disabled People at the Department for Work and Pensions in the Coalition Government in May 2010 and was promoted to Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, and Minister for Women and Equalities, from September 2012 to April 2014.
In June 2015 Maria was elected as Chair of the newly established Women and Equalities Select Committee. Maria was nominated for the position by MPs across the House in 2017 and was re-elected unopposed.
In June 2022 Maria was recognised in Her Majesty the Queen's Jubilee Birthday Honours with the award of Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for parliamentary and public services.
Select Committee on Administration 2020-,
Panel of Chairs 2020-,
Joint Committee on Fixed-Term Parliaments Act 2020-21
All-party groups (office-holding)
Officer, Learning Disability Group 2015-
Officer, Carbon Monoxide Group 2017-
Vice-chair, Women, Peace and Security Group 2020-
Vice-chair, South Western Railway Group 2020-
Vice-chair, British Hindus Group 2020-
Chair, Women in Parliament Group 2020-
Vice-chair, Digital Regulation and Responsibility Group 2020-
Vice-chair, Chalk Streams Group 2020-
Chair, United Nations Women Group 2020-
Officer, Domestic Violence and Abuse Group 2020-
Vice-chair, Perpetrators of Domestic Abuse Group 2021-
Vice-chair, Global Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT+) Rights Group 2021
Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (unremunerated)
Director & trustee 12 July 2017-
Vice-chair 2020 -
Trustee Belarus Free Theatre (unremunerated) 2017 -
Board of Governors of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (unremunerated) 5 November 2020 -
President Conservative Disability Group 20017 -
Basingstoke & District Disability Forum 2018 -
Basingstoke Ladies Choir 2018 -
Heartburn Cancer UK 2019 -
Conservatives in Communications 2020 -