Rebecca Harris was elected as Member of Parliament for Castle Point at the General Election in May 2010.
Rebecca spent the majority of her working life in business, principally with Phillimore & Co, specialist publishers of British local history (including publishing titles on Hadleigh, Thundersley, Canvey Island and Daws Heath). At Phillimore Rebecca worked in various aspects of the firm including warehousing, as a delivery driver and Sales Rep. She joined the Board as Marketing Director in 1997, a position she held until the sale of the firm in 2007.
Having been an employer, Rebecca believes that now, more than ever, we need people with her sort of practical business experience in the House of Commons.
Rebecca also has experience of local government having been a councillor for four years. She is strongly committed to "localism" believing that turnouts at local elections will be higher, and decisions will be better, if local councils exert more power over the decisions that affect their residents.
Prior to the 2001 General Election, Rebecca took a sabbatical to work in the Conservative Research Department where among other things she helped fight the Labour party's mishandling of the Foot & Mouth epidemic and campaigned against damaging greenbelt development.
More recently Rebecca was the Political Special Adviser to the Shadow Secretary of State for DTI, Health, Education, Transport and Environment respectively, in the last Parliament. Before being elected to represent Castle Point in 2010, Rebecca worked at the House of Commons on a part-time basis as a caseworker dealing with constituent's problems, in order to “get a solid grounding in the role of MP, a job for which there isn't any formal training."