Victoria Prentis is the Member of Parliament for North Oxfordshire.
Victoria was born at the Horton General Hospital. She grew up on the mixed family farm in Aynho and has always lived locally.
She attended universities in both London and Cambridge, and has degrees in English and Law. It was at Cambridge University that she met her future husband Sebastian.
In 1995 she qualified as a barrister. For seventeen years Victoria worked in the Civil Service as a lawyer, and until November 2014 was head of the Government’s Justice and Security team. This involved providing advice on the military, prisons and national security matters, and representing the Government in court.
Victoria founded the Oxford Hospital Trust’s Benefactors’ Board, which she chaired for over nine years. She has also been involved with a number of other local charities, including Leonard Cheshire, the Northamptonshire Parent Infant Partnership (NorPIP), and her parish church. She has acted as Churchwarden and has been deeply involved in several campaigns about local issues, particularly the fight to retain vital services at the Horton General Hospital.
Victoria loves living in the village of Somerton, right in the centre of the constituency, with her husband and two daughters. The family are active members of the village community and take part in, and host, many events, including May Day and an annual cider making festival.
In Parliament, Victoria sat on the Justice Select Committee, and makes regular appearances in the House of Commons. She helped organise two national campaigns – Singing for Syrians, raising money for charities working in Syria, and the Great British Spring Clean. She was also Vice-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Baby Loss.