JACKIE Doyle-Price joined the Conservative party in 1986, and has held many roles within it since, including Constituency Chairman in South East London and on the national executive of the Conservative Graduates organisation in the 1990s.

She also worked as a press officer for the national party during the 1997 General election.

At the last General Election in 2005 Jackie fought in the Sheffield Hillsborough constituency, which is where she was born, but came third behind Labour and the Liberal Democrats.

Before giving up her job to focus on her campaign, Jackie worked as a consumer advocate within the Financial Services Authority.

Before that she worked as a senior adviser to the Lord Mayor of the City of London, the ambassador for all UK-based financial and professional services.

Outside of politics she enjoys listening to music, going to the theatre, reading and watching the soaps. She also enjoys collecting silver jewellery.

Jackie won the Thurrock seat with a majority of 92, polling 16,869 votes compared to Labour's Carl Morris' 16,777.