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Jo Stevens

Jo Stevens
MP
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Shadow Secretary of State for Wales
In office
7 October 2016 – 27 January 2017
Leader Jeremy Corbyn
Shadowing Alun Cairns
Preceded by Paul Flynn
Succeeded by Christina Rees
Member of Parliament
for Cardiff Central
Assumed office
7 May 2015
Preceded by Jenny Willott
Majority 17,196 (42.6%)
Personal details
Born Joanna Meriel Stevens
(1966-09-06) 6 September 1966 (age 52)
Swansea, Wales, UK
Political party Labour
Alma mater University of Manchester
Manchester Metropolitan
University
Website www.jostevens.co.uk

Joanna Meriel Stevens[1] (born 6 September 1966)[2] is a Welsh Labour Party politician in the UK House of Commons. She was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Cardiff Central in the May 2015 general election.[3]

Early life and career

Stevens was born in Swansea and grew up in Mold, Flintshire. She attended Ysgol Uwchradd Argoed and Elfed High School.[4]

She studied law at Manchester University and completed the Solicitors' Professional Examination at Manchester Polytechnic in 1989.[5]

Prior to becoming an MP, Stevens was People and Organisation Director of Thompsons Solicitors.[4]

Member of Parliament

Stevens was elected as Member of Parliament for Cardiff Central on 7 May 2015 with a majority of 4,981, defeating incumbent Liberal Democrat Jenny Willott.[3]

In Jeremy Corbyn's January 2016 reshuffle, she was appointed shadow solicitor general and shadow justice minister. In October 2016 reshuffle, after Corbyn's re-election as party leader, Stevens became Shadow Secretary of State for Wales.[6] She resigned on 27 January 2017 in order to vote against the three-line whip obliging Labour MPs to vote in favour of Article 50.[7]

Stevens chairs the GMB Parliamentary Group who help to make sure issues that matter to GMB members are raised in the House of Commons.

References

  1. ^ "No. 61230". The London Gazette. 18 May 2015. p. 9127.
  2. ^ "Jo Stevens MP". myparliament.info. MyParliament. Archived from the original on 11 August 2017. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Cardiff Central Parliamentary constituency". BBC. Archived from the original on 8 May 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Democracy Club CVs". Democracy Club. Archived from the original on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  5. ^ "Jo Stevens – About". Jo Stevens MP. Archived from the original on 10 May 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  6. ^ "As it happened: Steven Woolfe in hospital and Labour reshuffle". BBC News. 6 October 2016. Archived from the original on 7 October 2016. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
  7. ^ Elgot, Jessica (27 January 2017). "Labour MP Jo Stevens quits shadow cabinet over article 50 vote". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 27 January 2017. Retrieved 27 January 2017.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Jenny Willott
Member of Parliament
for Cardiff Central

2015–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Paul Flynn
Shadow Secretary of State for Wales
2016–2017
Succeeded by
Christina Rees