Jenny Chapman

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Jenny Chapman
Jenny Chapman MP.jpg
Member of Parliament
for Darlington
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Alan Milburn
Majority 3,388 (7.9%)
Personal details
Born (1973-09-25) 25 September 1973 (age 41)
Political party Labour
Alma mater Brunel University

Jennifer Chapman[1] (born 25 September 1973[2]) is a British Labour Party politician, who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Darlington since the 2010 general election.

Personal life[edit]

Chapman was born in Surrey but moved to Darlington at a young age where she attended Hummersknott School and Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College,[2] before studying psychology at Brunel University, and later took an MA in archaeology at Durham University. She has worked as a prison psychologist.[3] She is due to marry fellow Labour MP Nick Smith in July 2014.[4]


Chapman worked as senior parliamentary researcher for Darlington Labour MP Alan Milburn. After a career break, she returned to politics at Darlington Borough Council when she was elected as borough councillor for the Cockerton West ward in 2007.[3]

In November 2009, Chapman was selected as one of four candidates to succeed Milburn as Labour's parliamentary candidate for Darlington on an open shortlist.[3] She was selected to stand for parliament by the local constituency party the following month. Chapman said: "This shows that the people of Darlington want to choose a Darlington person who will put the town first."[5] She was elected Darlington MP in the 2010 general election with a majority of 3,388.[6] As a result of her election victory, she decided to stand down as a councillor.[7]

Chapman made her maiden speech in Parliament on 7 June 2010, during which she asked for social network services to be regulated to stop pedophiles. She also backed the Building Schools for the Future programme.[8] Chapman is also a Vice Chair of the Blairite organisation Progress[1]


  1. ^ "List of members returned to serve in parliament at the general election 2010". 13 May 2010. Archived from the original on 2 August 2010. Retrieved 21 May 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Jenny Chapman MP". Westminster parliamentary record. Archived from the original on 20 March 2012. Retrieved 11 May 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c Pyrah, Lauren (20 November 2009). "Labour shortlist confirmed". The Northern Echo. Archived from the original on 24 November 2009. Retrieved 10 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Chapman-Smith marriage". Hansard 9 Apr 2014 : Column 308.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  5. ^ Westcott, Matt (6 December 2009). "Chapman chosen to succeed Alan Milburn in Darlington". The Northern Echo. Archived from the original on 9 December 2009. Retrieved 10 May 2010. 
  6. ^ "Darlington". BBC News. Archived from the original on 9 May 2010. Retrieved 10 May 2010. 
  7. ^ "Four contest Darlington Borough Council seat". The Northern Echo. 11 June 2010. Archived from the original on 30 September 2012. Retrieved 18 June 2010. 
  8. ^ Cook, Paul (8 June 2010). "New MP calls for tighter controls on sex offenders". The Northern Echo. Archived from the original on 1 October 2012. Retrieved 22 October 2010. 

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Alan Milburn
Member of Parliament for Darlington