Who is Esther McVey, is the former Cabinet minister running for prime minister and why did she resign over Brexit?

ESTHER McVey resigned as Work and Pensions Secretary over Theresa May's "soft" Brexit deal in November 2018, but she's found herself back in the headlines.

Here's what we know about the Tory MP who was appointed by the Prime Minister in January 2018.

Sportsphoto1 Mrs McVey represented the Conservatives in Wirral West before winning George Osborne's old seat
Who is Esther McVey?

Esther McVey was born in Liverpool and graduated in law before becoming a graduate trainee with the BBC in 1991.

She went on to work in media for the next 10 years as a broadcaster and a journalist for GMTV, numerous BBC shows and Channel 4.

In 2010, Esther became the first and only Conservative MP on Merseyside since 1997.

In 2012 she was appointed Minister for Disabled people and in 2013 she was made the Minister of State for Employment.

In the 2015 general election McVey was defeated by Labour candidate Margaret Greenwood.

Ms McVey successfully defended the Tory seat of Tatton in Cheshire, the former constituency of George Osborne, at the 2017 General Election,

She took up "roles in business" including "Chair of British Transport Police Authoriy, Honorary Fellow of Liverpool University and Senior Advisor to an international communications company", according to her website.

Ms McVey then successfully defended the Tory seat of Tatton in Cheshire, the former constituency of George Osborne, at the 2017 General Election.

In January 2018, she was appointed Work and Pensions Secretary by Theresa May.

Is going to run for prime minister?

McVey put herself forward to take May's job on May 9, 2019.

The ex-Cabinet minister revealed she is putting her name forward to become the next PM.

And she vowed to reopen talks on Brexit to remove the hated Irish backstop from the existing deal.

Asked if she would throw her hat in the ring, she told talkRADIO: "I've always said quite clearly that if I got enough support from colleagues then yes I would, and now people have come forward and I have that support."

Why did she resign?

McVey quit her role as Work and Pensions Secretary on November 15, 2018, over the PM’s soft Brexit deal with the EU.

The Liverpool-born MP was described as the most “aggressive” opponent to May’s divorce agreement during a cabinet meeting the day before she resigned.

In her resignation letter, McVey told the Prime Minister that she could “no longer support” the deal, reports the Telegraph.

She wrote: “Repeatedly you have said that we must regain control of our money, our borders and our laws and develop our own independent trade policy.

"I have always supported you to deliver on those objectives.

“Even after Chequers when you knew I shared the concerns of a very significant number of colleagues, I believed that we could still work collectively to honour the will of the British people and secure the right outcome for the future of our country.

“This deal fails to do this.”

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What has Labour's John McDonnell called her in the past?

In 2016, Labour Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell refused to apologise for saying McVey should be lynched.

Two years earlier he called, then jobs minister, Esther McVey a "stain on humanity" because of disability benefit cuts.

The staunch Jeremy Corbyn ally stood by his insult and said it was OK to "express honest anger".

Ms McVey accused him of "whipping up a culture of bullying" and "linking politics with violence".

John McDonnell defends his attack on ex-Tory MP Esther McVey

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