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Who is Esther McVey’s husband Philip Davies and do they have any kids?

Esther McVey, who served as the work and pensions secretary in 2018, has returned to the Government.

Officially she has been given the title of minister without portfolio in the Cabinet Office.

Unofficially she has been dubbed the “minister for common sense”.

Who is Esther McVey?

Esther McVey was born in Liverpool in 1967 and almost immediately put into a Barnardo’s foster home by her young parents who didn’t have the money to look after her.

She stayed in the charity’s care for the first two years of her life, before returning to her parents.

Speaking to the Political Thinking with Nick Robinson podcast, she said she didn’t feel any resentment towards her family for their decision.

“That, to me, is love at its utmost – knowing you can’t look after someone as much as you’d like to so you dare to give up your little child.”

Esther McVey

She was educated at a private girls’ school where she became head girl. Faced with a choice being ballet and law school, she picked the latter.

However, while waitressing in a showbiz restaurant in London she decided she wanted to be a TV presenter instead.

In the course of her media career she worked on a range of programmes, including a documentary about naturists on Channel 5, the religious Heaven and Earth Show on BBC One and ITV’s breakfast show GMTV.

In the early 2000s she began pursuing a career in politics and in 2010 won the Merseyside seat of Wirral West for the Conservatives.

In David Cameron’s government, she served as a minister in the work and pensions department, where she became a lightning rod for much of the anger about cuts to benefits.

She lost her seat in the 2015 election, but returned to Parliament two years later, this time as the MP for the Tatton constituency in Cheshire. She was made work and pensions secretary in Theresa May’s government.

Ms McVey has been open about her political ambitions, telling ITV’s Loose Women that she would like to be prime minister and in 2019 she had a tilt at the leadership job.

However after her dismissal from Boris Johnson’s ministerial team in 2020, she returned to her media career, co-hosting a show on GB News alongside her husband, Philip Davies, also a Conservative MP.

Earlier this year, Ofcom ruled that their show breached impartiality rules when they interviewed Chancellor Jeremy Hunt.

Esther McVey
Esther McVey presents a show on GB News alongside her husband Philip Davies, also a Conservative MP

What is Esther McVey’s new job?

Following her return to government, Ms McVey is expected to give up her TV role.

Her appointment was one of the last to be announced on Monday and has been seen as a way of appeasing Conservative MPs on the right of the party upset at the appointment of Lord Cameron and the sacking of former Home Secretary Suella Braverman.

The government has not set out exactly what her role will involve – Downing Street has promised details in the coming days.

Pushed on the question, Conservative Party chair Richard Holden said it would include looking at issues such as freedom of speech on university campuses.

He added that Ms McVey was a “plain-speaking northerner” who would be a “great addition” to cabinet.

Joining her in the club of ex-ministers making a governmental comeback, will be Andrea Leadsom and Damian Hinds.

Dame Andrea has held senior jobs under David Cameron, Theresa May and Boris Johnson, and in 2016 ran to be leader of the Conservative Party.

She becomes a junior health minister, while Mr Hinds, a former education secretary, returns to the department from the Ministry of Justice, as minister of state.

About Esther McVey husband –

Esther McVey
Esther McVey presents a show on GB News alongside her husband Philip Davies, also a Conservative MP

Who is Esther McVey married to?

Esther McVey is married to her Conservative colleague, Philip Davies.

Who is Esther McVey husband Philip Davies?

Philip Davies was born in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, and attended a state boarding school in Stourbridge, West Midlands, before heading to Huddersfield Polytechnic.

He graduated with a 2:1 in History and Politics in 1993 before getting a job with ASDA where he stayed until 2005.

After an unsuccessful election bid in 2001 for the seat of Colne Valley, in 2005 he successfully won the seat of Shipley in West Yorkshire.

In his maiden speech to the commons Davies vowed to remain a backbencher and not seek a ministerial role so he could speak for his constituents.

Filibustering Philip has a history of trying to talk out legislation, having voted against the Tory whip more than 250 times.

When did Esther McVey and Philip Davies get married?

The couple tied the knot in Parliament’s historic St Mary Undercroft chapel in 2020.

They met in 2011 and announced in April 2019 that they were planning to marry.

Esther revealed that Philip had asked her to marry him to the Daily Mail and was attracted to his “cracking sense of humour”.

She said: “I haven’t got a date and I haven’t got a ring, but we hope to marry sometime next year.”

Esther McVey kids: Do Esther McVey and Philip Davies have children?

Esther McVey and Philip Davies do not have any children together.

Ms McVey previously revealed she would like children but has never met anyone to “wind up” her biological clock.

She told Grazia magazine: “I always thought as I was growing up that I’d be married with children. That hasn’t happened.

“So I guess that is a sacrifice because I do actually love kids: I just haven’t got them myself.

“Why? Because I obviously never met the person I was going to have children with, and I had to be realistic.”

Davies shares two sons with his previous partner Deborah Gail Hemsley.


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