Sarah McCarthy-Fry

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Sarah McCarthy-Fry was the Labour member of parliament for Portsmouth North between 2005 and 2010.

After leaving parliament in 2010 she was appointed financial controller to GKN Aerospace Services.


McCarthy-Fry stood as the Labour candidate for Portsmouth North in the 2005 general election, winning with 40.9 percent of the vote. In the 2010 election she received 27.8 percent of the vote, coming second to Penny Mordaunt of the Conservative Party who received 44.3 percent of the vote.[1] Whilst in parliament she held the roles of parliamentary personal private secretary to John Healey and Geoff Hoon, parliamentary under-secretary to the Department for Children, Schools and Families and Department for Communities and Local Government and parliamentary secretary to HM Treasury.[2]

Whilst parliamentary under-secretary to the Department for Children, Schools and Families she had a salary of £95,617. In 2005-06 she claimed £21,633 for her second home, in 2006-07 she claimed £21,769 and in 2007-08: she claimed £16,792.[3]

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  • Financial Controller, GKN Aerospace Services, September 2010. Approved by ACOBA, who saw "no reason why she should not take up the appointment forthwith, subject to the condition that, for 12 months from her last day in office, she should have no involvement in any bids for new UK Government contracts and should not become personally involved in lobbying UK Ministers or Crown servants, including Special Advisers, on behalf of the company or its clients".[4]



  1. Portsmouth North The Guadian, accessed 4 December 2014
  2. Sarah McCarthy-Fry They Work For You, accessed 4 December 2014
  3. Martin Beckford MPs’ expenses: Sarah McCarthy-Fry claimed for £100 GHD hair straighteners Telegraph, 21 May 2009, accessed 4 December 2014
  4. Twelfth Report 2010-2011 Advisory Committee on Business Appointments, accessed 4 December 2014