Fiona was first elected to Parliament in 2010, for the constituency of Congleton, with a majority of 7,063, and re-elected in 2015 with an increased majority of 16,773.
According to the website theyworkforyou.com, Fiona spoke in 60 debates in the last year — above average amongst MPs; and she received answers to 137 written questions in the last year — well above average amongst MPs.
As an MP in Parliament, Fiona used debates, Parliamentary questions, and meetings with Government Ministers to raise constituents' concerns and to seek improvements for the constituency. She also held a number of positions and responsibilities within Parliament.
Fiona was elected, by MPs, as Chair of a number of Parliamentary policy groups, known as APPGs. These groups provide an opportunity for MPs to discuss policy areas, work on proposals to improve Government policy, and lobby Government and other MPs to enact these changes.
Until this election, Fiona chaired or co-chaired the groups on:
- Strengthening Couple Relationships;
- Alcohol Harm;
- Religious Education;
- North Korea;
- Pro-Life issues;
- and has also served as Chair of the APPG on Children's Centres.
She was also a member of APPGs on:
- Children of Alcoholics;
- Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder;
- Healthy Homes and Buildings;
- Psychoactive Substances and Volatile Substance Abuse;
- Conception to Age Two: First 1001 Days;
- Anti-Epileptic Drugs in Pregnancy;
- Faith and Society; and
- Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases.
In addition to this, Fiona was elected onto the International Development Select Committee in 2012. On this committee she scrutinised the work of the Department for International Development to ensure it improves its effectiveness in spending taxpayers money, so that there is less waste and the Government's international aid work is more beneficial to the some of the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world. On 2015, she was also elected Chair of the Sub-Committee overseeing the Independent Commission for Aid Impact, on which she has served since 2013.
She was also appointed to the Joint-Committee on Human Rights, Parliament's senior human rights committee, which investigates areas of human rights concern in UK society and law, and also scrutinises proposed Government bills for any human rights issues.
In 2015, then Prime Minister David Cameron appointed Fiona as Chair of the Conservative Party's Human Rights Commission, which investigates and highlights human rights abuses and issues in other countries.
As her election to a number of Chairs and Committees shows, Fiona's work has earned her the respect of MPs from across the different parties. Indeed, Sir David Amess says of her:
'Since Fiona entered Parliament as your MP I have come to admire and respect her for being a woman of the highest moral integrity and someone who has great courage in pursuing what she truly believes in. Since my own election to Parliament in 1983 I have known so many colleagues and in my judgement Congleton could not have a finer representative in Parliament than Fiona.’
Here you can read Fiona's most recent speeches and questions in Parliament, and some of her questions (provided by theyworkforyou; the complete record of all Fiona's Parliamentary speeches, written questions, and oral questions can be found here):