|Member of Parliament
1 May 1997 – 5 May 2005
|Preceded by||Liz Lynne|
|Succeeded by||Paul Rowen|
6 August 1967 |
|Spouse(s)||Stephen Benedict Cooney|
|Alma mater||Loughborough University|
Lorna Fitzsimons (born 6 August 1967, Littleborough, Lancashire) is a British politician. A member of the Labour Party, she served as a Member of Parliament (MP) representing the constituency of Rochdale from 1997 to 2005.
Fitzsimons went to St James CE Primary School in Wardle and Wardle High School. Then she went to Rochdale College of Art and Design, followed by Loughborough College of Art and Design (which became part of Loughborough University in 1998) where she studied for a BA in Textile Design.
Fitzsimons was the President of the National Union of Students (NUS) from 1992 to 1994, having previously held the position of NUS Vice-President (Education). She was a Director of NUS Services from 1990-4, and of Endsleigh Insurance from 1992-4.
In 1997, Fitzsimons was elected the Member of Parliament for Rochdale, a position she held until her defeat at the 2005 election by the Liberal Democrat candidate Paul Rowen. She was one of the youngest MPs elected in 1997. During her time in Parliament she held various positions including Chair of the APPG on Kashmir and Secretary of the APPG on Pakistan. Fitzsimons was also a member of LFI, Labour Friends of Israel. She was the Chair of the historic Parliamentary Labour Party Women's Committee, with 101 women MPs, from 1997 to 2001 and then Vice Chair from 2001 to 2005. Fitzsimons was PPS to Rt. Hon. Robin Cook MP, from 2001 till his resignation. She played a leading role in the work to modernise the procedures and practices of the House of Commons in her role as a member of both the Procedures and Modernisation Select Committees.
Fitzsimons runs her own company, Lorna Fitzsimons Consulting Ltd. She was CEO of Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre from 29 September 2006 to 22 March 2012. Before entering Parliament in 1997 Fitzsimons worked at the Saatchi subsidiary Rowland Sallingbury Casey holding various positions including Associate Director. Her clients included BT, Manweb, P&G, UKAEA, Brown and Root, and part of the Water Industry. Whilst at Rowland's Fitzsimons won the first ever IPR Young Communicator of the year award in 1995. She was part of the two person team that ran the 'Soap Wars' campaign for P&G. She has held numerous elected and appointed positions on various national organisations as well as being on several governing bodies including Sheffield Hallam University.
Fitzsimons married Stephen Benedict Cooney on 8 April 2000 in Rochdale. She has a step-daughter and step-son, and a son (born in September 2002).
- Times Guide to the House of Commons, 1997, 2001 and 2005 editions
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Lorna Fitzsimons
- Losing her seat
- They Work For You
- Ask Aristotle
- BBC page
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Rochdale
|President of the
National Union of Students