A lucky thirteen
With the dissolution of Parliament on April 12th 2010 I ceased to be, after thirteen years in office, the Member of Parliament for Stevenage. I remained Minister of State for the East of England and a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at Communities and Local Government until the then Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP, tendered his resignation to the Queen on May 12th 2010.
It was an enormous honour to represent the constituency of Stevenage and to serve my country as a government minister. But, after thirteen years in the House of Commons I am enjoying spending more time with my husband, our five children, six grandchildren and very large extended family.
Ken and I will continue to live in Old Knebworth and work in Stevenage where the Follett Office is now based. I became the Chief Executive Officer of my husband’s growing business in 2015.
I hope to remain involved in community politics but, for the next year or so, I will be fully occupied catching up on my long neglected personal life.
– Barbara Follett