Charlotte Leslie is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Bristol North West, the hometown of The Pulse Politics Editor/Pulse Radio Head of News Joe Young.
Charlotte Leslie was born in Liverpool in 1978, and moved to Bristol aged two. She attended Badminton School, an independent girls’ school in the city, and Millfield, an independent co-educational school in Street, in the neighboring county of Somerset. She studied Classics at Balliol College, Oxford.
In 2005, she joined the Policy Exchange think-tank, where she co-authored a report entitled ‘More Good School Places’, which called for a pupil premium of £6,000 for every disadvantaged pupil in the country; a policy which was made real during the 2010-2015 Coalition Government.
She won Bristol North West from Labour in the 2010 General Election, and held the seat with an increased majority in the 2015 General Election. Leslie won the Backbencher of the Year award in 2013 for her work on patient safety in the NHS.
Locally, Leslie’s work focuses on transport – she has campaigned for the re-opening of the Henbury Loop line, which serves impoverished areas in the North of her constituency, as well as campaigning for the introduction of an Oyster-style smartcard for the Bristol bus network.
In 2011, Leslie was voted the sexiest MP in Parliament.