Emma Lewell-Buck

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Person.png Emma Lewell-Buck   WebsiteRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
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Born8 November 1978)
South Shields, England
Alma materNorthumbria University, Durham University
Resigned from shadow front bench as part of the deep state campaign against Jeremy Corbyn

Employment.png Member of Parliament for South Shields

In office
2 May 2013 - Present

Emma Lewell-Buck is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament for the safe Labour seat of South Shields since winning a by-election in 2013, caused by the resignation of David Miliband.[1] She is South Shields' first female MP.[2][3]

In January 2016, Lewell-Buck became shadow minister for devolution and local government in Jeremy Corbyn's frontbench reshuffle.[4] On 29 June 2016, she announced her resignation from the post, commenting that she was "heartbroken at the state of the Party".[5] This was part of an orchestrated string of shadow cabinet resignations during the deep state campaign against Corbyn. She later supported Owen Smith in the failed attempt to replace Jeremy Corbyn in the 2016 Labour Party leadership election.[6]

In October 2016, she was re-appointed to Jeremy Corbyn's front bench team as Shadow Education Minister responsible for children and families' policy.[7] She resigned from this position in March 2019 (together with Ruth Smeeth and others) after voting against a second Brexit referendum in defiance of the Labour whip,[8] a move that again weakened the Labour leader.

In October 2019, local party members voted to trigger a reselection contest, because of dissatisfaction with her part in the campaign against Corbyn. She vowed to fight the contest and branded those who voted against her as "bullies and tricksters".[9] She was then successfully re-elected as MP for South Shields in the UK/2019 General Election.[10]

Food Poverty

Lewell-Buck joined the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger and Food Poverty chaired by Frank Field and the Bishop of Truro. The group launched an inquiry into the root causes behind hunger, food poverty and the rise in demand of food banks across the UK, and published its final report in the House of Commons on 8 December 2014. After the report Lewell-Buck said in Parliament "Food poverty is a clear consequence of the Government's ideological assault on the social safety net and the people who rely on it. One hungry person is a complete disgrace, but thousands of hungry people are a national disaster."[11]

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