Meg Hillier

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Meg Hillier
Meg Hillier headshot.jpg
Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
In office
8 October 2010 – 7 October 2011
Leader Ed Miliband
Preceded by Ed Miliband
Succeeded by Caroline Flint
Member of Parliament
for Hackney South and Shoreditch
Assumed office
5 May 2005
Preceded by Brian Sedgemore
Majority 13,225 (31.6%)
Member of the London Assembly
for North East
In office
4 May 2000 – 10 June 2004
Preceded by Constituency created
Succeeded by Jennette Arnold
Islington Borough Councillor
for Sussex Ward
In office
5 May 1994 – 2 May 2002
Succeeded by Constituency Dissolved
Personal details
Born (1969-02-14) 14 February 1969 (age 46)
Hampstead, London, England, UK
Nationality British
Political party Labour Co-operative
Spouse(s) Joe Simpson; 3 children
Alma mater Portsmouth High School
St Hilda's College, Oxford
Religion Roman Catholic[1]

Margaret Olivia "Meg" Hillier (born 14 February 1969) is a British Labour Co-operative politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Hackney South and Shoreditch since 2005, and was a junior Minister in HM Government (2007–10) and was succeeded by Caroline Flint as Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change in the Labour Party October 2011 reshuffle.[citation needed]


Hillier was educated at Portsmouth High School, an independent fee-paying school for girls, in the seaside resort of Southsea, Hampshire, followed by St Hilda's College at the University of Oxford, where she read Philosophy, Politics and Economics and during her time there was elected Librarian of the Oxford Union Society.[citation needed]

Early career[edit]

Hillier worked as a journalist and was elected as a Councillor in the London Borough of Islington in 1994, serving as the Mayor of Islington in 1998, before standing down from the Council in 2002. She was elected as a founding Member of the London Assembly for North East London at the first London Assembly election of 2000, she served on the Assembly until 2004, and was a board member of Transport for London until she was elected serve in Parliament.[citation needed]

Parliamentary career[edit]

In 2004 Hillier was selected as the Labour candidate to contest the Hackney South and Shoreditch through a controversial all-women shortlist.[2] She was elected to the House of Commons at the 2005 general election following the retirement of the veteran Labour MP Brian Sedgemore.

During the election campaign Sedgemore resigned from Labour and joined the Liberal Democrats[3] in protest at the attack on Iraq. She managed to keep the seat comfortably with a majority of more than 10,000 votes, despite being a safe Labour seat. Hillier made maiden speech on 24 May 2005, noting there were more men in the House of Commons today than there have ever been women MPs.[4]

She served as member of the Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee for a year until she was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Ruth Kelly in 2006. In June 2007 she was appointed a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Home Office. During maternity leave beginning in March 2009 her ministerial role was taken over by Shahid Malik. In March 2008, Hillier voted with the Government in favour of nationwide Post Office closures, including seven in Hackney, of which her constituency forms a part.[5]

In December 2009, while promoting the unpopular National Identity Card scheme as Identity Minister[6][7] in Liverpool, she admitted she had forgotten her own ID card,[8][9] attributing the error to the demands of looking after her baby.[10][11]


Hillier also serves as a Trustee of the War Memorials Trust.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Meg Hillier married Joe Simpson in 1997; the couple has three children.[12][13]


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Brian Sedgemore
Member of Parliament for Hackney South and Shoreditch
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by
Ed Miliband
Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
Succeeded by
Caroline Flint