Tania Mathias

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Tania Mathias
MP
Tania Mathias Headshot.jpg
Member of Parliament
for Twickenham
Assumed office
8 May 2015
Preceded by Vince Cable
Majority 2,017 (3.25%)
Personal details
Born (1964-06-21) 21 June 1964 (age 57)
Political party Conservative
Alma mater University of Oxford
Religion Quaker
Website www.tania4twickenham.co.uk

Tania Mathias (born 21 June 1964) is an ophthalmologist and Conservative politician in the United Kingdom. She was elected as the Member of Parliament for Twickenham in May 2015.[1][2]

Early life

Mathias was brought up in Barnes and was educated at St Paul's Girls' School, Hammersmith, before attending the University of Oxford to study medicine.[3]

Her grandfather, Freddie Mathias, played rugby and cricket for Glamorgan and in 1918 was awarded the Military Cross after his exploits flying over enemy lines in Belgium and France.[3]

Professional and political career

Soon after graduating in medicine, Dr Mathias was a refugee worker for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in the Gaza Strip and treated HIV, AIDS and tuberculosis patients in Africa. She has also treated leprosy patients in North Bihar, India and South China. She is currently employed by the NHS as an eye doctor.[4] In 2010, Dr Mathias was elected to the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames as councillor for Hampton Wick.[3]

At the 2015 general election, Mathias was elected as the MP for Twickenham, defeating the Liberal Democrat and coalition Business Secretary, Vince Cable.[5]

References

  1. "Vince Cable loses seat to the Conservatives". BBC. 8 May 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "General election 2015: the winners and losers". The Guardian. 8 May 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Meet Tania Mathias: Your new MP for Twickenham". Richmond and Twickenham Times. 15 May 2015. Retrieved 17 May 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Dr Tania Mathias – about me". Ashley Fraser. 17 May 2015. Retrieved 17 May 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "General Election 2015: Conservative Tania Mathias stunned after defeating Vince Cable in Twickenham seat – South West Londoner". South West Londoner. Retrieved 2015-11-16.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Vince Cable
Member of Parliament
for Twickenham

2015–present
Incumbent