Louise Mensch (born 28 June 1971) nee Louise Daphne Bagshawe, is an English author who writes under her maiden name. She was the Conservative Member of the UK Parliament (MP) for Corby from 2010 to 2012. She is also a co-founder of the Hudson Union Society.
She was born in London, England, the daughter of Nicholas Wilfrid and Daphne Margaret Bagshawe (née Triggs). she is the sister of Tilly Bagshawe, a freelance journalist and author, and also has a younger sister Alice and a brother, James. Her father comes from a family of Roman Catholic gentry; his grandfather was the marine artist Joseph Richard Bagshawe, who was himself grandson of one of marine artists Clarkson Stanfield, and a nephew of Edward Gilpin Bagshawe, Roman Catholic Bishop of Nottingham. Her paternal grandmother Mary Frideswide Bagshawe was the daughter of Charles Robertson, a stockbroker and benefactor of St Philip's Priory, Begbroke and one of the co-founders of Westminster Cathedral.
Her family moved to the countryside when she was seven. She was educated at Beechwood Sacred Heart School in Tunbridge Wells, and Woldingham School, a Roman Catholic girls' boarding school in Surrey, and was named "Young Poet of the Year" in 1989 at the age of 18. She read English Language and Literature at Christ Church, Oxford and was Secretary of the Oxford Union. Following a six month internship at MTV Europe she worked as a press officer with EMI Records (a position from which she was formally dismissed), and then as a marketing official for Sony...
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