Fabian Women MPs
MP for Lewisham East since the 2010 general election.
Prior to Parliament, was a Councillor at the Lewisham Council (2004-10), Deputy Mayor (2006-2010) and Cabinet Member for Regeneration (2006-10) and worked as a parliamentary researcher for Joan Ruddock MP (1999-05).
Lives in Lewisham with her partner Martin.
Rushanara Ali MP
Member of Parliament (MP) for Bethnal Green and Bow since 2010.
In October 2010, appointed as Shadow Minister for International Development.
Since 2005, Associate Director of the Young Foundation in Bethnal Green, a think-tank focussed on social innovation.
Chair of Tower Hamlets Summer University, Commissioner on the London Child Poverty Commission, Board Member of Tower Hamlets College, Trustee of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and member of the Tate Britain Council.
First person of Bangladeshi origin to have been elected to the House of Commons and ,along with Shabana Mahmood and Yasmin Qureshi, one of the United Kingdom’s first female Muslim MPs.
Worked at the Communities Directorate of the Home Office from 2002 to 2005, at the Foreign Office on human rights issues from 2000-2001, as a Research Fellow focussing on anti-discrimination issues at the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) from 1999-02.
Began her career as a Research Assistant to Michael Young, working on a project which paved the way for the establishment of Tower Hamlets Summer University.
Between 1997 and 1999 worked as Parliamentary Assistant to Oona King, MP for Bethnal Green and Bow at the time.
Rt Hon Margaret Beckett MP
Member of Parliament for Derby South since 1983. Previously MP for Lincoln 1974-79.
Prior to Parliament, worked as a Metallurgist at Manchester University.
Research Assistant for the Labour Party in 1970 and Political Advisor to the Ministry for Overseas Development in 1974. PPS to Minister of Overseas Development (Judith Hart) 1974-75. Government Whip (1975). Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Education and Science 1976-1979.
Principal Researcher for Granada Television 1979-83.
Shadow Minister for Social Security 1984-89, shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury 1989-92, shadow Leader of the House 1992-94.
Deputy Leader of the Labour Party 1992-94 and Leader between May and July 1994 after the death of the Rt Hon John Smith MP.
Shadow Secretary of State for Health 1994-95, and shadow Secretary of State for Trade and Industry 1995-97.
Appointed President of the Board of Trade and Secretary of State for Trade and Industry after the 1997 election. Appointed President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons in July 1998.
Honorary President of Labour Friends of India.
Anne Begg DBE MP
MA History and Politics, University of Aberdeen. Secondary Teaching Qualification, Aberdeen College of Eduaction.
Member of Parliament (MP) for Aberdeen South since 1997
Since July 2010 she has chaired the Work and Pensions Select Committee.
Before entering Parliament, taught at Abroath Academy as Principal Teacher of English (1991-97), Assistant Principal Teacher of English (1988-91), and taught English and History at Webster’s High School in Kirriermuir (1978-88).
Elected MP for Aberdeen South in May 1997. Member of Scottish Affairs Select Committee (1997-01).
Patron of the National Federation of Shopmobility, Scottish Motor Neurone Disease Society, Angus Special Playscheme, and Honorary Vice Chair of Aberdeen Opera Society.
Disabled Scot of the Year (1988). Prior to becoming a MP, was active in the Educational Institute of Scotland and an elected member of the General Teaching Council for Scotland.
Luciana Berger MP
MP for Liverpool Wavertree since 2010.
Junior shadow minister for Energy and Climate Change since 2010.
Prior to Parliament, was the Director of Labour Friends of Israel and, until 2005, member of the National Executive Committee of the National Union of Students.
Worked in public affairs for the management consultancy Accenture before moving to the public sector joining the NHS Confederation as their government and parliamentary affairs manager.
Hazel Blears MP
Born and brought up in Salford. Prior to Parliament was a senior solicitor and a North West Councillor. Chair of the Salford Community Health Council 1992-96.
MP for Salford and Eccles since 2010 and previously MP for Salford since 1997.
Served in the Cabinet as Minister without Portfolio and Labour Chair between 2006 and 2007, and Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government from 2007 to 2009, when she resigned.
PPS to Alan Milburn 1998-99. Appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health in June 2001, and promoted to Minister for Public Health in May 2002.
Moved to the Home Office June 2003 and promoted to Minister of State with responsibility for crime reduction, policing, community safety and counter-terrorism.
During the 1997-01 Parliament: Vice President of the Local Government Association, Vice Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee, Party Development Coordinator and a member of the Health and Culture, Media and Sport backbench committees. Played an active role in a number of All-Party Parliamentary Groups, including the Rugby League Group. (A keen supporter of the Salford Reds!)
Member of the T&G, and Co-operative Action. Former member of the Labour Party’s National Policy Forum. Appointed to the National Executive Committee of the Labour Party in October 2003.
Author of: The Politics of Decency (Mutuo 2004), Communities in Control (Fabian Society 2003), Making Health Care Mutual (Mutuo 2002).
Interests outside of Parliament include motorcycling, tap dancing, going to the cinema and theatre and fell walking.
Lyn Brown MP
Elected member for West Ham 5th May 2005.
Was previously a policy officer for Waltham Forrest.
Former Constituency Agent in Newham CLP.
Founder of the London Library Development Boards.
Member of the London Region Sports Board, London Arts Board and the Museums, Libraries and Achieves Council, London.
Member of the Cooperative Party.
Recreations include walking and reading.
Karen Buck MP
Elected MP for the new seat of Westminster North in 2010, MP for Regents Park and Kensington North since 1997 and former Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport.
Educated at the London School of Economics – BSc, MSc, MA.
Prior to Parliament worked for: a charity specialising in employment for disabled people; the London Borough of Hackney in the same field; the Labour Party Head Office as a Policy Officer specialising in health; and from 1992 until election in 1997 worked in the Labour Party’s Campaigns Unit.
Served on the Select Committee on Social Security, 1997–01, and the Work and Pensions Select Committee, 2001-present. Chair of the London Group of Labour MPs. Served as a member of the Mayor of London’s Affordable Housing Commission. Board Member of constituency SRB projects.
Special Interests include: housing, protected tenants and leasehold reform, urban regeneration, refugees and asylum-seekers, welfare, children.
Ann Clwyd MP
MP for Cynon Valley since by-election in 1984. Previously MEP for Mid and West Wales (1979-1984).
Educated at Holywell grammar and University College of Wales, Bangor.
Previously a freelance journalist and Welsh Correspondent for the Guardian and The Observer.
Currently Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Human Rights Group and the All Party Parliamentary Iraq Group. Vice-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Coalfield Communities, and Secretary of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Cambodia
Member of the International Development Select Committee (1997-01).
Former Shadow Secretary of State for International Development. Former assistant to John Prescott as Deputy Leader of the Labour Party.
Member of the NUJ and T&G.
Former member of the NEC (1983-84).
Main leisure interests include walking and boating.
Rt Hon Yvette Cooper MP
Member of Parliament (MP) for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford since 2010, having previously been MP for Pontefract and Castleford since 1997.
Educated at Eggars Comprehensive, Alton Sixth Form College, Oxford University, Harvard University and the London School of Economics.
Worked as economic columnist and leader writer on the Independent newspaper. Also worked as Economic Researcher for late John Smith MP, Policy Advisor to Labour’s Treasury Team in opposition between 1
990-94 and as Policy Advisor to the Bill Clinton Presidential Campaign in 1992.
She is currently Shadow Home Secretary and Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities.
Served as Housing Minister, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Shadow Foreign Secretary.
Minister in Lord Chancellor’s department 2002-03. Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Public Health 1999-02. Previously member of Education and Employment Select Committee. Member of Employment Sub-Committee and Member Intelligence and Security Committee
Political interests include unemployment, energy (coal industry), and child poverty.
Enjoys swimming, painting portraits (badly) and watching the West Wing between Disney videos.
Mary Creagh MP
MP for Wakefield since 2005 and elected to the shadow cabinet on 7 October 2010 as Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Leader of the labour Group on Islington council 2000-04.
Political interests include Europe, employment, social policy, disability issues and the Irish community.
Educated at Pembrook College, Oxford and the LSE.
Memberof the European Movement, the Cooperative Party and Amnesty International.
Recreations include yoga, cycling, swimming food and spending time with her family.
Stella Creasy MP
MP for Walthamstow since 2010.
Educate Colchester County High School, and Madgalene College, University of Cambridge.
Has a PhD from the London School of Economics in Social Psychology.
Prior to Parliament, worked as Deputy Director of the think tank Involve, and as a researcher and speech writer to three Labour ministers: Douglas Alexander, Charles Clarke and Ross Cranston.
Former Waltham Forest councillor, served as Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Chief Whip.
Was a member of the Young Fabians and served on their Executive.
Angela Eagle MP
Elected to the Party’s National Women’s Committee in 1989 and chaired the National Conference of Labour Women in 1991. Elected in 1992 to become the first ever Labour MP for Wallasey
Educated at Formby High School (comprehensive) and St John’s College Oxford, BA (Hons) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics.
Worked for CoHSE (now UNISON) as researcher, Press Officer and Parliamentary Liaison Officer.
Following the 1997 Election was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the department of Environment and Transport under the Deputy Prime Minister.
Moved to the Department of Social Security in 1998 as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State. Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Home Office 2001-02.
Minister of State at the Department for Work and Pensions in the June 2009.
Elected to Ed Miliband’s shadow cabinet in October 2010 and appointed to be Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury.
Twin sister Maria Eagle is MP for Liverpool Garston.
Natascha Engel MP
Elected member for North East Derbyshire in 2005.
National Trade Union Policy Coordinator.
Was the national Trade Union General Election Coordinator.
Policy Director for the John Smith Institute.
Organiser TUC Organising Academy.
Has published several pamphlets including ‘Shop Stewards’ Pocket Policy Guide’, ‘Trade Union Links with the Labour Party’, ‘Rights Won By Unions’, ‘Age of Regions’, ‘Learning to Organise’.
Caroline Flint MP
BA (Hons) in American Literature and History, University of East Anglia.
Prior to becoming an MP in 1997, was senior researcher for GMB and before that a principal officer in local government.
Elected for Don Valley, South Yorkshire in 1997. Home Office minister 2003-. Previously PPS to MPs John Reid and Peter Hain. Member of House of Commons Administration Committee. Chair, All-Party Childcare Group. Labour Parliamentary Adviser to the Police Federation (1999-01). Member, Education and Employment Select Committee (1997-99).
Served as the Minister of State for Housing and Planning in 2008, and later as the Minister for Europe.
2010, was elected to the Shadow Cabinet, and appointed to be Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.
Member of GMB. Former founder board member of Sure Start Denaby Main & Conisborugh; former patron of RSPCA Doncaster, Rotherham & District branch.
Particular policy interests are family policy, crime and anti-social behaviour, foreign affairs, education and welfare to work.
Personal interests include cinema, leisure time with her family and tap-dancing. She is a member of the Division Bells, a parliamentary tap-dancing troop.
Helen Goodman MP
Elected member for Bishop Aukland in 2005.
Shadow Minister at the Ministry of Justice with responsibility for prisons, probation, sentencing policy and youth justice since October 2010.
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for in the Department for Work and Pensions from 2009 until 2010 with responsibility for Child Poverty and childcare.
Educated at Somerville College, Oxford.
Chief executive National Association of Toy and Leisure Libraries 2002-05.
Member of Amnesty International and Christian Socialist Movement.
Chair of the Camden Cooperative party.
Former head of policy at the Children’s Society.
Kate Green MP
Elected MP for Stretford and Urmston in 2010.
Lives in Stretford and grew up in Scotland.
Prior to Parliament was the Chief Executive of the Child Poverty Action Group, and before that was Director of the National Council for One Parent Families (now Gingerbread).
Served as a magistrate for 16 years.
Chair of Women’s PLP and chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Poverty and Vice Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Children.
Lilian Greenwood MP
MP for Nottingham South since 2010.
In July 2010 appointed to the Transport Select Committee and was subsequently appointed as an Assistant Whip.
Attended Canon Slade School in Bolton before going up to St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge.
Prior to Parliament worked in Nottingham for the public sector trade union, UNISON, for 17 years.
Rt Hon Harriet Harman QC MP
Elected MP for Camberwell and Peckham in a by-election in 1982. Labour Front-bench Spokesperson for Social Services 1984. Labour Front-bench Spokesperson on Health 1987. Elected to Labour’s Shadow Cabinet and appointed Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury in Labour’s economic team after 1992.
Studied Politics at York University and qualified as a lawyer. Worked at Brent Law Centre in London, handling cases on behalf of community groups, trade unions and tenants. Worked as Legal Officer at the National Council for Civil Liberties.
Became Secretary of State for Social Security in 1997, before returning to the backbenches in 1998. Solicitor General from 2001.
In 2007, became the Deputy Leader and Party Chair of the Labour Party, and served in the Cabinet as Leader of the House of Commons, Lord Privy Seal, and Minister for Women and Equality from 2007 to 2010.
Shadow Deputy Prime Minister and Shadow Secretary of State for International Development since 2010 elections.
Deputy Leader of the Labour Party since 2007.
Has campaigned on Child Care, Domestic Violence and Equality for Women. Chair of the Childcare Commission, which presented its findings to the Government at the end of January 2001. Chair of Southwark Early Years & Childcare Partnership.
Margaret Hillier MP
MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch since 2005.
Junior government minister from 2007 to 2010.
Elected to the Labour Frontbench in 2010 and was appointed shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.
Former mayor of Islington.
GLA member for North East London 2000-04.
Educated at St Hilda’s College, Oxford and City University.
Member of the Cooperative party.
Rt Hon Margaret Hodge MP
Councillor in the London Borough of Islington for over 20 years and Leader of the Council from 1982 till 1992.
From 1992-94 worked as a public sector consultant with Price Waterhouse Coopers.
MP for Barking since 1994.
From 1998 to 2001 Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Education and Employment with responsibility for child care, nursery education, Disabled People, Millennium Volunteers and equal opportunities in employment.
From 2001 to 2003, Minister for Lifelong Learning and Higher Education.
During Gordon Brown’s Government, Minister of State at the Department for Education and Skills and Minister for Children, with responsibility for any matters relating to children.
Former Chair of the Fabian Executive Committee. She is patron of several local charities. Her main areas of policy interest are Education, the reform of public services, equality issues and especially gender issues and democratic renewal.
Sharon Hodgeson MP
MP for Washingtonand Sunderland West since 2010. Previously MP for Gateshead East and Washington West.
Shadow Children and Families Minister in October 2010.
Political interests include Anti-social behaviour, regional regeneration (especially North East), education, employment and jobs, social inclusion, child care, transport, child poverty, trade justice/fair trade, welfare, pensions.
Sponsored by the GMB union.
Worked for UNISON Labour Link.
Recreations include reading, cinema, cooking, shopping, travel, family.
Kate Hoey MP
MP for Vauxhall since by-election in 1989. Minister for Sport (1999-01). Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Home Office (1998-99). PPS to Frank Field MP when he was Minister of State at Department of Social Security.
Educated atBelfast Royal Academy, Ulster College of Physical Education and City of London College.
Before entering Parliament, was educational adviser to Arsenal Football Club (1985-89). Previously senior lecturer, Kingsway College (1976-85).
Parliamentary Candidate in Dulwich (1993 and 1987). Former Councillor for Hackney Borough Council (1978-82) and Southwark Borough Council (1988-89).
Member of Surrey County Cricket Club.
Diana Johnson MP
Member for Hull North since 2005.
Member of the Cooperative party Labour Women’s Network.
Political interests include Employment rights, health, education, animal welfare.
A barrister and member of Labour Lawyers.
Also a member of the Fawcett Society and Amnesty International.
Prior to Parliament was a councillor in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets from 1994 to 2002, serving as Chair of social services.
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State with responsibility for Schools in the Department for Children, Schools and Families until 2010 elections.
Helen Jones MP
MP for Warrington North since 1997. Member of the Education and Employment Select Committee. (to 2001). Secretary Child Abduction Group 1999-02, Secretary Cafod Group (2003- )
Educated at University College, London, Chester College, Liverpool University and Manchester Metropolitan University.
Before entering Parliament worked as an English teacher, a solicitor, a development officer with the mental health charity MIND and a justice and peace officer with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Liverpool.
In the cabinet reshuffle of October 2008, assigned a junior Government role in the position of Assistant Government Whip
Former councillor, Chester City Council.
Leisure interests include cooking, gardening and reading.
Tessa Jowell MP
MP for Dulwich and West Norwood since 1992.
Educated at St Margaret’s School in Aberdeen and the universities of Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Goldsmith’s, London. Visiting fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford.
Currently Shadow Minister for the Olympics and Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office
Secretary of State at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport after the 2001 election
Previous Ministerial appointments include Minister of State for Employment, Welfare to Work and Equal Opportunities at the Department for Education and Employment (1999-01) and Minister of State for Public Health at the Department of Health (1997-99). Appointed Privy Counsellor in 1998.
Previous to 1997 was: Spokesperson on Health (1997-99 and 1994-95); Opposition Spokesperson for Women (1995-96); and Opposition Whip (1994-95).
Before entering Parliament was a child care officer and psychiatric social worker, Assistant Director of the mental health charity MIND and Director of the Joseph Rowntree. Foundation’s Community Care Programme. Governor of the National Institute of Social Work (1985-97) and member of the Mental Health Act Commission (1985-90).
Councillor, London Borough of Camden (1971-86). Chair, Social Services Committee of the Association of Metropolitan Authorities (1978-86).
Member of Friends of the Earth, Amnesty International, Royal Horticultural Society.
Barbara Keeley MP
MP for Worsley and Eccles South from 2010. Represented the predecessor constituency of Worsley from 2005 to 2010.
Educated at Mount St Mary’s College, on Ellerby Road in Leeds, and the University of Salford
Early career in the Information Technology Industry, working as a Systems Engineer and Systems Engineering Manager for IBM.
Served as a councillor for nine years in Trafford.
Elizabeth Kendall MP
MP for Leicester West since 2010
Attended Watford Grammar School for Girls and went up to Queens’ College, Cambridge.
Prior to Parliament, has worked as Director of the Maternity Alliance charity, as a researcher for the King’s Fund, as an associate director for health, social care and children’s early years at the IPPR.
Has been a special adviser to two cabinet ministers, Patricia Hewitt and Harriet Harman.
Currently a Labour Party shadow spokesperson on health.
Fiona Mactaggart MP
MP for Slough since 1997.
BA (Hons) in English, Kings College London. PGCE, Goldsmiths College London. MA, Institute of Education.
Before entering Parliament was Director of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants and press officer for the National Council for Voluntary Organisations. Formerly an inner London primary teacher, a University lecturer and I have worked in a private company. Previously Chair of Liberty.
Held elected offices in the NUS and local student union. Leader of Wandsworth Council Labour Group between 1988 and 1990.
Served at the Home Office as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State with responsibility for Criminal Justice, Race Equality and Communities and then Offender Management (2003-06).
Previously National Convenor, Party Chair’s Campaign Team. Chair, Parliamentary Labour Party Women’s Group. Former PPS to Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. Former Leader of the Opposition on Wandsworth Council.
Trustee of the David Hodge Memorial Trust.
Seema Malhotra MP
Founder of the Fabian Women’s and elected as MP for Feltham & Heston in the 2011 by-election. Seema is a management consultant by profession, with over ten years experience with leading consultancies Accenture and PriceWaterhouse Coopers. She is also a campaigner on equality issues, community activist and was the first Asian Chair of the Fabian Society. She is the founder and Director of the Fabian Women’s Network.
She graduated from Warwick University in Politics and Philosophy, with a year spent on scholarship to the USA. She has been a consultant to several government departments and local authorities on public service reform issues, including reform of the civil/criminal justice systems and public advice services. She is a former Chair, Young Fabians, and speaks widely at local societies. Seema has been a candidate in local government and London Assembly elections. She is a contributor to news and radio discussions, and is a regular writer for political magazines. She is currently working as freelance management consultant and studying for an MBA.
Kerry McCarthy MP
Member for Bristol East since 2005.
Former director of London Luton Airport.
Member of the National Policy Forum and the Economic Policy Commission.
Political interests include Economic policy, international trade/aid, crime and justice, community cohesion, transport.
Lawyer. Member of the Howard League for Penal Reform, the World Development Movement and Labour Animal Welfare Society.
Recreational activities include Travel, scuba diving, F1 motor racing.
Madeleine Moon MP
Member for Brigend since 2005.
Founder and a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on furniture in the House of Commons.
Former local government welfare and community officer.
Former national Chairwoman of the British Resorts Association.
Also a member of Amnesty International.
Political Interests include environment, planning, partnerships.
Meg Munn MP
MP for Sheffield Heeley since 2001.
Educated at Mundella Primary School and Rowlinson Comprehensive School and then attended York and Nottingham Universities. City Councillor in Nottingham for the period 1987-91. Trained as a social worker, became Assistant Director for Children’s Services at the City of York Council.
Served as Team Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) at the Department for Education and Skills July 2003 to February 2004, then as PPS to Margaret Hodge, the Minister for Children, from February 2004 to May 2005.
Minister for Women and Equality, based at the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) from May 2005 until June 2007.
Introduced Civil Partnerships in the UK in December 2005.
Responsible for the Equality Act 2006, and involved in the Work and Families Act 2006.
Established the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).
From October 2008 to July 2010, Chair of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, and subsequently elected Vice-Chair July 2010 onwards
Member of the Cooperative Party and sponsored MP.
Speaks fluent French and German and conversational Italian, member of the Methodist Church.
Pamela Nash MP
Studied politics at the University of Glasgow after initially hoping to study anthropology at King’s College, Cambridge.
Prior to becoming MP, was parliamentary officer for the Young Fabians and a member of the Scottish Youth Parliament. Also appointed to work for John Reid as his Researcher for two years.
Chi Onwurah MP
MP for Newcastle upon Tyne Central since 2010 and Newcastle’s first black MP.
Prior to becoming an MP was Head of Telecoms Technology at OFCOM.
Active in the Anti Apartheid Movement, and spent many years on its National Executive
Joined the Advisory Board of the Open University Business School.
Appointed as a junior shadow minister for Business, Innovation and Skills on 10 October 2010.
Rachel Reeves MP
MP for Leeds West since 2010.
Educated at Cator Park comprehensive school in Bromley, South East London, at New College, Oxford and at the London School of Economics.
A patron of Bramley Elderly Action and a trustee of Leeds Healthy Living Network; previously on the board of BARCA – Leeds and a governor of Swallow Hill Community College, and Kirkstall Valley Primary School.
Prior to Parliament, worked as an economist at the Bank of England and British Embassy in Washington, D.C. between 2000 and 2006.
Between 2006 and July 2009, worked as a business planner and analyst for Halifax Bank of Scotland.
Since becoming an MP, has been elected to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee and is now the Shadow Minister of State for the Department for Work and Pensions.
Emma Reynolds MP
MP for Wolverhampton North East since 2010.
Educated at Codsall High School, near Wolverhampton, followed by Wulfrum Further Education College.; then studied at Wadham College at the University of Oxford, where she read Politics, Philosophy and Economics.
Prior to becoming an MP Reynolds worked for the Party of European Socialists as an adviser to Robin Cook; later appointed an aide to Geoff Hoon and in January 2009 joined commercial public affairs consultancy Cogitamus.
In the summer of 2010, elected to the Foreign Affairs Select Committee of the House of Commons.
In October 2010 promoted to the opposition frontbench, as a shadow junior Foreign Office Minister under the then Shadow Foreign Secretary, Yvette Cooper, and continued working in her post under the new Shadow Foreign Secretary, Douglas Alexander.
Likes sports such as running and used to play football and also enjoys pubs and going to the cinema.
Angela Smith MP
MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge, previously MP for Basildon since 1997. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. Assistant Whip June 2001 – October 2002. Previously PPS to Paul Boateng MP.
Educated at Chalvedon School, Pitsea, Basildon and Leicester Polytechnic and holds a BA (Hons) in Public Administration.
County Councillor for Basildon, Pitsea 1989-97, Chief Whip of Labour Group 1991-95, Labour lead on Fire and Public Protection Committee 1992-96 and a Member of the Policy and Resources Committee 1992-96. Former Research Officer to Alun Michael MP, Shadow Minister for Home Affairs and the Voluntary Sector from 1995 to May 1997.
Former Head of Political Affairs at League Against Cruel Sports.
Main leisure pursuits are supporting Basildon Rugby Club, watching Coronation Street, reading political biographies and plays by Oscar Wilde.
Gisela Stuart MP
Contested Worcester and South Warwickshire in 1994 European Elections. Elected to represent Birmingham Edgbaston in 1997.
Educated at Realschule Vilsbiburg; Manchester Polytechnic (Business Studies); London University (LLB).
Deputy Director of London Book Fair (1982); Translator; Law Lecturer at Worcester College of Technology; Researcher into pensions law at Birmingham University.
Member of House of Commons Social Security Select Committee 1997-98. PPS to Paul Boateng MP (Minister of State for the Home Office) 1998. Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health July 1999 – June 2001. Member of Foreign Affairs Committee July 2001.
Presidium Member and UK Parliamentary Representative on Convention for Future of Europe.
Interests include Pensions (particularly provision for women), Constitutional reform and Criminal Justice system.
She is editor of the weekly political magazine The House Magazine.
Emily Thornberry MP
Member for Islington South and Finsbury since 2005.
A shadow health minister, under Shadow Health Secretary John Healey.
Educated at the University of Kent at Canterbury where studied law, and practised as a barrister specialising in human rights from 1985 to 2005 in Tooks Chambers.
Also member of Society of Labour Lawyers, Friends of the Earth, and Family of Shiraz Miah.
She joined the Labour Party at 17 and is a long-time grassroots activist, and a member of the Transport and General Workers’ Union.
She has complained of sex discrimination at the Bar, and says she was one refused a place in chambers on account of her gender; but is a firm supporter, and beneficiary, of women-only selection.
Joan Walley MP
MP for Stoke on Trent North since 1987.
Member, Environment Audit Select Committee.
BA (Hons) in Social Adminstration, Hull University. Post-graduate diploma, University College of Wales, Swansea.
Before entering Parliament was a local government official in Wandsworth and Swansea
Member of Globe UK, Vice-President, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.
Opposition spokesperson on transport (1990-95) and on the environment (1989-90).
Vice Chair of All-Party Football Group.