Gemma Doyle (politician)

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Gemma Doyle
Shadow Minister for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans
Assumed office
8 October 2010
Leader Ed Miliband
Preceded by Bob Ainsworth
Member of Parliament
for West Dunbartonshire
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by John McFall
Majority 17,408 (41.2%)
Personal details
Born (1981-04-13) 13 April 1981 (age 34)[1]
Alexandria, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland[2]
Nationality Scottish
Political party Labour Co-operative
Alma mater University of Glasgow
Committees Energy and Climate Change 2010, Administration 2010, Armed Forces Bill 2011-
Website Official website

Gemma Doyle (born 13 April 1981)[1] is a British Labour Co-operative politician, who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for West Dunbartonshire since 2010.[3][4]


She previously worked for the Labour Party, and before that for the Institute of Civil Engineers as a conference organiser, for the political communications company Holyrood Communications Ltd, and as a Labour party researcher for Cathy Craigie Labour MSP.

She had previously stood as a Labour candidate in Scotland at the 2004 European Parliament elections.

Member of Parliament[edit]

She has been since October 2010 Labour's Shadow Defence Minister for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans,[5] deputy to Shadow Defence Secretary Jim Murphy. In 2011, she was a member of the special Select Committee set up to scrutinise the Bill that became the Armed Forces Act 2011.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Gemma Doyle is married to Gregor Poynton, the Director of External Engagement at the Scottish Labour Party,[7] who was formerly at Portland Communications and Blue State Digital. Poynton was the Labour candidate for North East Fife at the 2003 Scottish Parliament election. He admitted in 2013 to paying the dues for 11 members to join the Falkirk Labour party with the expectation that they would vote for him in the contested selection; however, he claims that the money was all reimbursed to him in cash.


  1. ^ a b "Strathleven Regeneration C.I.C.". Dellam Corporate Information. 22 June 2011. Retrieved 21 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "About Gemma". Retrieved 21 November 2012. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ STV
  5. ^ "Ed Miliband's shadow cabinet and ministerial teams". BBC News. 12 October 2010. 
  6. ^ "Select Committee on the Armed Forces Bill". Retrieved 20 Sep 2013. 
  7. ^ "Murphy continues Scottish Labour rebuilding with appointment of Better Together Chief". LabourList. 21 January 2015. 

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John McFall
Member of Parliament for West Dunbartonshire