Alison McGovern

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Clatterbridge, England
Alma materUniversity College London
SpouseAshwin Kumar
Member ofBritish-American Project
British Labour Party politician

Employment.png Chair

In office
October 2015 - Present

Employment.png Member of Parliament for Wirral South

In office
6 May 2010 - Present

Alison McGovern (born 30 December 1980) is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament for Wirral South since the 2010 United Kingdom General Election. She currently chairs the right wing Progress movement, which is opposed to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Parliamentary career

Alison McGovern made her maiden speech in the House of Commons on 3 June 2010 in a debate on European Affairs.[1]

She became former Prime Minister Gordon Brown's parliamentary private secretary in July 2010 and was selected by the Parliamentary Labour Party to become a member of the International Development Select Committee (IDSC) in November 2010.[2]

In December 2010, she introduced a Private Member's Bill before Parliament that would amend the Public Libraries Act to broaden the scope of the general duty of library authorities so as to include a duty to provide related cultural facilities alongside the library service. In March 2011, she visited India as part of an IDSC delegation.[3]

In the 2013 Labour reshuffle, she was added to the Shadow International Development team.[4] In 2014, she was moved to the Shadow Children and Families portfolio.[5]

In May 2015, McGovern was appointed as Shadow City Minister in Labour’s treasury team,[6] but did not stay on the Opposition Frontbench after Jeremy Corbyn was elected Labour leader in September 2015.[7] In October 2015, McGovern was appointed as Chair of Progress, the Blairite faction of the Labour Party.[8]

Flouncing out

In January 2016, Alison McGovern resigned from Labour's policy review on child poverty and combating inequality, as a protest against Progress being described by Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell as having "a hard right agenda". She commented that she had been "backed into a corner". A Labour Party spokesperson stated "She is resigning from something that doesn't exist", as the initiative had not been confirmed or launched yet.[9]

Friend of Syria

In September 2016, Alison McGovern was elected co-chair of the all-party parliamentary group Friends of Syria.[10]


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