Jo Churchill

Johanna Peta Churchill[1] (born 18 March 1964)[2] is a British Conservative Party politician who currently serves as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health.

Jo Churchill

Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Prevention, Public Health and Primary Care
Assumed office
26 July 2019
Prime MinisterBoris Johnson
Preceded bySeema Kennedy
Member of Parliament
for Bury St Edmunds
Assumed office
8 May 2015
Preceded byDavid Ruffley
Personal details
Born (1964-03-18) 18 March 1964
Political partyConservative
WebsiteOfficial website

Early life

Johanna Churchill was born on 18 March 1964. She was educated at Dame Alice Harpur School.[3]


Churchill was the finance director of a scaffolding company and served on Lincolnshire County Council.[4]

Churchill is the Member of Parliament (MP) for the constituency of Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, which encompasses Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket, having first taken her seat at the 2015 general election.[5] She has previously sat on the Women and Equalities Committee and the Environmental Audit Select Committee.[6]

Churchill was opposed to Brexit prior to the 2016 referendum.[7] She has since stated that the EU referendum result must be respected and therefore supported Theresa May in triggering Article 50 (the formal process of leaving the EU).

She entered government when she was made an assistant government whip during the reshuffle on 9 January 2018, having previously served as PPS to Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for the Department of Health.[8]


  1. "No. 61230". The London Gazette. 18 May 2015. p. 9125.
  2. "Jo Churchill MP". MyParliament. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  3. ‘CHURCHILL, Johanna Peta’, Who's Who 2016, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2016
  4. "Director selected as Tory candidate for Bury St Edmunds". BBC News. 4 November 2014.
  5. "Bury St Edmunds". BBC News. 8 May 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  6. "Environmental Audit Committee". UK Parliament. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  7. Goodenough, Tom (16 February 2016). "Which Tory MPs back Brexit, who doesn't and who is still on the fence?". The Spectator. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  8. correspondent, Peter Walker Political (9 January 2018). "Theresa May's junior ministerial reshuffle: who's in and who's out". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
David Ruffley
Member of Parliament
for Bury St Edmunds

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