Clive Lewis

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BornClive Anthony Lewis
11 September 1971
London, United Kingdom
Alma materUniversity of Bradford
English Labour Party politician

Employment.png Shadow Minister for the Treasury

In office
12 January 2018 - 9 April 2020
Appointed byJeremy Corbyn

Employment.png Shadow Secretary of State for Defence Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
27 June 2016 - 6 October 2016
Appointed byJeremy Corbyn
Preceded byEmily Thornberry
Succeeded byNia Griffith

Employment.png Member of Parliament for Norwich South

In office
7 May 2015 - Present
Preceded byNick Harvey, John Thurso

Clive Lewis[1] is an English Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Norwich South since winning the seat at the 2015 General Election from the sitting Liberal Democrat Simon Wright.[2]

Appointed to Jeremy Corbyn's Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Secretary of State for Defence in June 2016,[3] Lewis became Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in the October 2016 reshuffle. He left the Shadow Cabinet on 8 February 2017 in protest over the Labour Party's decision to whip its MPs into voting to trigger Article 50 of the Treaty on the European Union.[4] On 12 January 2018, Jeremy Corbyn appointed Clive Lewis Shadow Treasury Minister.[5] When Keir Starmer became leader, Lewis returned to the backbenches.

Clive Lewis stood in the 2020 Labour Party leadership contest, but withdrew shortly before close of nominations having failed to receive the required 22 nominations from MPs and MEPs.[6]

After the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, Clive Lewis demanded the Tory government send weapons and helicopters to Ukraine.[7] He is a strong defender of NATO.[8]

Army officer

Clive Lewis was born in London but grew up on a council estate in Northampton. He studied economics at the University of Bradford before being elected to various student union roles and then serving as vice-president of the National Union of Students. Lewis then worked as a TV reporter for BBC News, becoming BBC Look East's chief political correspondent. He was also one of the Labour government's National Black Role Models. In 2006, he passed out of Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst as an infantry officer with the Territorial Army, and he served a three-month tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2009.


Selected as a candidate for Norwich South in 2011, Lewis often broke the party line on issues including nuclear weapons, tuition fees and immigration. Describing himself as a "proud socialist", he was elected by a comfortable margin as a MP for Norwich South. He was subsequently appointed as the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Humanist Group. During the 2015 Labour leadership election, he was one of 36 MPs to nominate Jeremy Corbyn, and remains a strong Corbyn supporter.[9]

Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show on 18 September 2016, Clive Lewis said deselection of MPs was a 'democratic election' for representatives in Parliament.[10]


On 22 November 2018, BBC Question Time tweeted Clive Lewis' criticism of Theresa May's Brexit negotiations:

"She had an opportunity to bring the country together and she has comprehensively failed".[11]


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