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Dr. Phyllis Starkey
Policy Adviser on Middel East issues
Member of Parliament 1997-2010
Dr. Starkey was Member of the House of Commons from 1997 to 2010.
Before entering Parliament, Dr. Starkey had a double career as a distinguished research scientist and as a politician in both local and national politics. She qualified as a biochemist and followed a career in medical research, leading her own research group in Oxford. She won a seat on Oxford City Council, was Chair of Finance for six years, and Council leader for three years. From 1993-19977, Dr. Starkey was the National Chair of the Local Government Information Unit, which represents over 120 Councils across the country.
Dr. Starkey has held a number of important Parliamentary posts since she was elected in 1997: Between 1999-2001 she was a member of the Modernisation of the House of Commons Select Committee; in 2002 she became PPS to Denis MacShane, the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs; in 2005, Dr. Starkey was made Chair of the Select Committee for Communities and Local Government.
She is now working as a Policy Adviser on Middle East issues.