Esther Louise McVey (born 24 October 1967) is a British Conservative Party politician, serving as Member of Parliament (MP) for Tatton since 2017. She previously served in the Cabinet as Minister of State for Housing and Planning from 2019 to 2020, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in 2018 and Minister of State for Employment from 2014 to 2015. McVey first entered parliament as the MP for Wirral West in the House of Commons at the 2010 general election. In the 2015 general election, she lost her seat and spent two years serving as the Chair of the British Transport Police Authority before returning to parliament in the 2017 United Kingdom general election, succeeding former Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne in the Tatton constituency. Before entering politics, McVey was a businesswoman and television presenter, and co-presented GMTV with Eamonn Holmes. McVey served in the Cameron–Clegg coalition as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Disabled People from 2012 to 2013, prior to being appointed Minister of State at the Department for Work and Pensions from 2013 to 2015. She was sworn of the Privy Council in February 2014, and attended cabinet as Minister of State for Employment in the 2014 British cabinet reshuffle. She served in the Second May ministry as Deputy Chief Whip from 2017 to 2018. She was appointed Work and Pensions Secretary on 8 January 2018, but resigned on 15 November 2018 in opposition to the Brexit negotiations and the Brexit withdrawal agreement. In July 2018 it was reported by the head of the National Audit Office (NAO) that McVey had misled parliament over the new Universal Credit scheme by claiming that the NAO report showed that it should be rolled out faster when in fact the report concluded that the roll-out should be paused. She apologised to the House of Commons on 4 July 2018 amid calls for her resignation. In June 2019 she stood in the 2019 Conservative Party leadership election. She was eliminated in the first round after finishing in last place with nine votes.