Wendy was elected in May 2015 as the Member of Parliament for Aldridge-Brownhills and was re-elected in June 2017 with more than a 65% share of the vote and an increased majority. In the 2019 General Election Wendy increased her majority, obtaining 27,850 votes, which was 70.8% of the vote.
During Theresa May’s premiership Wendy was a member of the Government as an Assistant Government Whip between January 2018 and July 2019. In the preceding two years Wendy served as a Parliamentary Private Secretary to Ministers at the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and to the Secretary of State for International Development.
In forming his first administration Prime Minister Boris Johnson appointed Wendy to the Government as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice: the first Member of Parliament for Aldridge-Brownhills to be appointed as a Government Minister. Following the Government’s re-election at the end of 2019 Wendy was appointed as the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. In December 2021 Wendy was appointed Rail Minister at the Department for Transport.
During the premiership of Liz Truss Wendy served as Government Chief Whip – and in doing so became the first female Conservative to hold this position. Wendy returned to the back benches at the end of the Liz Truss administration. She currently serves on the Back Bench Business Committee and is a member of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.
As a backbench Member of Parliament, Wendy successfully steered two Private Members Bills through Parliament, both of which received Royal Assent and became law. The NHS (Charitable Trusts etc.) Act 2016 ensures that Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity retains the royalties to J.M. Barrie’s play Peter Pan. Her second Bill, The ‘Local Audit (Public Access to Documents) Act 2017’ gives journalists the opportunity to examine public documents ensuring that there are greater levels of transparency and open government.
For many years Wendy has supported volunteering and social action, and has been actively involved in local community projects. Before becoming MP for Aldridge-Brownhills, Wendy served as vice-chairman of the Conservative Party and held responsibility for social action. She was also joint-project leader for international social action initiative Project Umubano, which has organised projects in Rwanda, Burundi, and Sierra Leone.
Having always had an interest in defence related issues Wendy successfully completed all the stages of the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme learning more about the Royal Navy ,the RAF and the British Army.
Outside of politics Wendy has taken part in many charity walks and runs. She is a member of Rotary, and she enjoys collecting art deco ceramics. She also enjoys spending time canal boating with family and friends.