Bottomley's breaks

Name: Virginia Hilda Brunette Maxwell Bottomley

Born:1948

Education: Putney High School, Essex University and London School of Economics

1971-73: Researcher, Child Poverty Action Group

1973-84: Psychiatric social worker, magistrate and chair of juvenile court 1984: Wins Surrey South West by-election

1988: Under-secretary of state at Department of Employment

1989-92: Health minister

1992-95: Health secretary

1995-97: National heritage secretary

1997-present. Backbench MP, vice-chair British Council, vice-chair National Council for Carers and their Elderly Dependants, governor at LSE and Ditchley Foundation. Married, three children.

Recreations: family