Chair and Vice-chairs

Honorary president
Stephen Twigg MP

Stephen Twigg is shadow minister for political and constitutional reform. He served as Labour member of parliament for Enfield Southgate for eight years, defeating the then cabinet minister Michael Portillo, which became one of the defining moments of New Labour history. He has served in government first as deputy leader of the House of Commons and then education minister. In 2010 he was elected as Labour and Co-operative MP for Liverpool West Derby and then served as parliamentary private secretary to acting leader, Harriet Harman MP. He was later part of Douglas Alexander’s shadow foreign affairs team before being appointed to the position of shadow secretary of state for education.

John Woodcock MP

John Woodcock is member of parliament for Barrow and Furness. He is a former shadow minister for transport and is a former chair of Labour Friends of Israel. He previously worked as an aide to John Hutton and a political spokesman for Gordon Brown.

Jenny Chapman MP

Jenny Chapman was elected member of parliament for Darlington at the 2010 general election. She is shadow minister for prisons and probation and serves as secretary for the all-party parliamentary group on victims and witnesses of crime.

Stephen Doughty MP

Stephen Doughty is Labour and Cooperative member of parliament for Cardiff South and Penarth and was elected in 2012 in a by-election. He formerly worked at Oxfam and as an adviser to then secretary of state for international development Douglas Alexander MP.

Julie Elliott MP

Julie Elliott was elected member of parliament for Sunderland Central in May 2010. She is shadow minister for energy and climate change and is a former parliamentary private secretary to Caroline Flint MP.

Tristram Hunt MP

Tristram Hunt is shadow secretary of state for education and has served as member of parliament for Stoke-on-Trent Central since May 2010. He is a former member of the select committee on political and constitutional reform and of the joint committee on reform of the House of Lords. After working for Tony Blair and Labour party headquarters on the 1997 general election campaign he became a special adviser to science minister Lord Sainsbury.

Dan Jarvis MP

Dan Jarvis was elected member of parliament for Barnsley Central in January 2011. Prior to his parliamentary career, he rose to the rank of major in the British army, serving in Kosovo, Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan with the Parachute Regiment. He is shadow minister for justice.

Liz Kendall MP

Liz Kendall was elected member of parliament for Leicester West in 2010. She is currently the shadow minister for care and older people. Prior to her election Liz worked for two thinktanks: the Institute for Public Policy Research, where she was associate director for health, social care and children’s early years, and The King’s Fund, where she was a researcher on the public health programme focusing on tackling local health inequalities. She served as an adviser to two members of the cabinet when Labour was in government.

Seema Malhotra MP

Seema Malhotra was elected Labour and Co-operative member of parliament for Feltham and Heston in a by-election in December 2011. In October 2013 Seema was promoted as a whip after serving for a year as a member of the justice select committee and is now shadow minister for preventing violence against women and girls. Seema also chairs the parliamentary Labour party business interest group. Prior to entering parliament, Seema was a freelance business and public service adviser working with the video game and film industries. She has over 10 years’ experience with Accenture and PwC.

Alison McGovern MP

Alison McGovern was elected member of parliament for Wirral South in May 2010. Alison sat on the international development select committee and became PPS to Gordon Brown in July 2010, before joining the whips’ office, and then becoming a shadow minister for international development. She is now shadow minister for children and childcare.

Toby Perkins MP

Toby Perkins is shadow minister for small business. His election in 2010 as the member of parliament for Chesterfield returned the seat to Labour and bucked the national trend of a swing away from Labour. Prior to becoming an MP, Toby ran his own small business for five years.

Lucy Powell MP

Lucy Powell is member of parliament for Manchester Central, elected in a by-election in 2012. She is a former deputy chief of staff to Ed Miliband and former campaign director of Britain in Europe. She was shadow minister for childcare and children before becoming shadow minister for the Cabinet Office and vice-chair of the Labour party’s general election campaign.

Steve Reed MP

Steve Reed is member of parliament for Croydon North, elected in a by-election in 2012. He is a former leader of Lambeth council, leading on the development of the Cooperative Councils Network, and former executive member for children and young people on London Councils. He is currently a shadow minister for local government.

Jonathan Reynolds MP

Jonathan Reynolds was elected as member of parliament for Stalybridge and Hyde at the 2010 general election. Prior to this he was an elected member of Tameside council and a solicitor. In parliament he has served as an opposition assistant whip covering the shadow justice and constitutional affairs team, as parliamentary private secretary to Ed Miliband, and is currently shadow minister for climate change.

Nick Smith MP

Nick Smith is member of parliament for Blaenau Gwent is a member of the public accounts committee and parliamentary private secretary to Douglas Alexander MP.


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