In 2007 Sarah Newton was selected to contest her home seat of Truro and Falmouth for the Conservative Party and was subsequently elected in May 2010. Sarah was re-elected in May 2015 and again in June 2017.
On entering Parliament Sarah Newton took her oath of allegiance in Cornish and since then has been a staunch advocate for the beautiful part of the Duchy that she represents.
She has focused on speaking up for Cornwall’s public services, which historically have been underfunded. After repeated representations to Ministers Sarah helped secure year on year above inflation rises for the NHS in Cornwall running up to 2016. She has also helped to deliver health and social care pioneer status for Cornwall, meaning that social care and health professionals will be supported by Government to work together to support vulnerable people to be happy and healthy in their own homes. Sarah also campaigns on better transport links for her constituents, and having protected existing train services, is now pushing to extend and improve them, with frequent and fast Penzance to Paddington trains. In 2011 Sarah succeeded in keeping Falmouth Coastguards open round the clock, in face of Government plans that would reduce the local service.
Sarah has also campaigned tirelessly for local people feeling the pinch as result of the 2008 financial crash, with a focus on helping the poorest. Working with local groups including Community Energy Plus Sarah produces guides on ‘How to Save Money Heating your Home’ every winter, containing a range of advice and help on people can keep their homes warm for less. Sarah also works closely with local charities who help Cornwall’s homeless community and has helped to secure funding that has provided the first night shelters Cornwall has seen for some years. Sarah believes that access to skilled and well paid work is the best way people can transform their lives and works closely with local employers to boost Truro and Falmouth’s employment rate, whilst campaigning alongside the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP for easily accessible skills training and for a Living Wage for Cornwall. She has run a number of campaigns with the National Apprenticeship Service to promote apprenticeships in her constituency and in 2012 completed the ‘100 challenge’, creating 100 local apprenticeship places in a 100 days.
In Parliament Sarah has carried forward her passion for helping the most vulnerable in our society, and those who look after them. She was named as a Parliamentary Ambassador for Carers in 2013 and served on the Care Bill Committee, as well as serving Vice-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Social Care.
Between 2010 - 2015 Sarah regularly spoke in the House of Commons on subjects of importance to her constituents. Since her election Sarah’s record of speaking in the House of Commons has remained above average for MPs, with Sarah leading debates on subjects ranging from bee health to energy provision for households off the main gas grid. In addition to her Social Care role, Sarah also served as Co-Chair of the APPG for Sepsis, and as Co-Chair for the APPG on Arts and Health.
From May 2015 to July 2016 Sarah was a Government Whip with Departmental responsibility for DEFRA.
From July 2016 to November 2017 Sarah was Parliamentary under-Secretary of State at the Home Office for Vulnerability, Safeguarding and Countering Extremism.
Sarah was appointed Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work in November 2017 and served until her resignation in March 2019.
She decided to stand down at the December 2019 General Election.
Sarah's expenses are regularly published online by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) The IPSA website can be accessed at: http://www.parliamentary-standards.org.uk/SearchFunction.aspx
You can view Sarah's votes in the House of Commons in detail via the following link: https://hansard.parliament.uk/search/MemberContributions?memberId=4071&type=Divisions
Sarah grew up in Truro and Falmouth, a part of Cornwall where she has family roots stretching back for generations. She was educated locally at Marlborough Infants, Clare Terrace Primary School and Falmouth School before reading History at King’s College London and as was a Rotary International Scholar at the Graduate School of International Relations at Denver University, USA.
After a successful career with Citibank and American Express, Sarah decided to dedicate her time to raise awareness of the issues affecting older people and their families. In the 1990s she served as a Director of Age Concern England, before helping to set up and run the UK branch of International Longevity Centre - an international ‘think and do tank’ that works with policy makers across all sectors to develop compassionate and sustainable responses to the challenges and opportunities presented by an ageing population. Sarah is a fellow of The Royal Society of Arts.
Sarah married her husband Alan in St Budock Church twenty eight years ago, they have three children and live in Mylor, just outside Falmouth.