THere’s Coffee is a Beer, music and soccer-loving MP Lively karaoke parties are a legendary thing in Westminster. Among the regular attendees is her good friend Liz Truss, who has named the Suffolk MP as the new Minister of Health and Welfare – her third in just two months.
She is notorious for being obsessed with work, even by usual Parliament standards. “Her life revolves around Westminster,” a colleague told the Sunday Times recently. Division health DHSC must prepare for a highly demanding new manager. Despite its reputation as a challenging to-do list, it is very popular among its colleagues. “It’s joyful and fun company, and fond of a few drinks,” says someone.
Covey, 50, was born in Lancashire, grew up in Liverpool, attended Oxford University briefly and then earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry from University College London. I qualified as a certified management accountant, worked for a subsidiary of Mars and the BBC, and stood in vain to become a Member of Parliament and Member of the European Parliament. She became a representative for Suffolk Coastal in the 2010 election. She is an unmarried, childless lay person and is close to her mother and sister.
“Her political views are about the free market and the hard right wing, including strong anti-abortion views,” says a colleague. But a Tory insider disagrees. “Her political view of the world is very pragmatic,” they say. Her friends say her Catholicism is a major influence, too.