Gavin Shuker

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Gavin Shuker
Gavin Shuker MP at Chatham House.jpg
Shuker at Chatham House in 2013
Member of Parliament
for Luton South
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Margaret Moran
Majority 2,329 (5.5%)
Personal details
Born (1981-10-10) 10 October 1981 (age 33)[1]
Luton, Bedfordshire, England
Nationality British
Political party Labour Co-operative
Spouse(s) Lucie Shuker
Alma mater Girton College, Cambridge

Gavin Shuker (born 10 October 1981) is an English Labour Co-operative politician, who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Luton South since 2010. Shuker successfully defended the seat after his predecessor Margaret Moran stood down following controversy over her expenses.[2] He is a member of the Christian Socialist Movement[3] and was previously leader of City Life Church in Luton: a 2006-formed offshoot of City Life Church in Cambridge, and part of the Plumbline family of churches.[4]


A Lutonian, Shuker was educated at two state schools: Icknield Primary and Icknield High School. He was head boy at the latter. He then attended Luton Sixth Form College before going on acquire a degree in Social and Political Sciences [5] at Girton College, Cambridge.

Political career[edit]

In May 2010 he won the seat in Luton South.[6] In October 2010, he was appointed PPS to the Shadow Secretary of State for Justice, Sadiq Khan, and was appointed to the transport select committee. In March 2011 he was promoted again to become Shadow Minister at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.[7][8] In March 2012, Shuker was one of three MPs who signed a letter sent to the Advertising Standards Authority asking it to reverse its decision to stop the Christian group "Healing on the Streets of Bath" from making explicit claims that prayer can heal. The letter called for the ASA to provide indisputable scientific evidence that such healing did not work.[9] In the October 2013 reshuffle, he was shifted to the Shadow International Development team.[10]

Political interests[edit]

His political interests include child poverty, student funding, transport policy, international development and debt reduction.[1]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Lucie, whom he met at the University of Cambridge.[11] They have a daughter, born 16 June 2013.[12][13]


External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Margaret Moran
Member of Parliament for Luton South
2010 – present