|Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change|
8 October 2010 – 7 October 2011
|Preceded by||Ed Miliband|
|Succeeded by||Caroline Flint|
|Member of Parliament
for Hackney South and Shoreditch
5 May 2005
|Preceded by||Brian Sedgemore|
|Member of the London Assembly
for North East
4 May 2000 – 10 June 2004
|Preceded by||Constituency created|
|Succeeded by||Jennette Arnold|
14 February 1969 |
Hampstead, London, England, UK
|Political party||Labour Co-operative|
|Spouse(s)||Joe Simpson; 3 children|
|Alma mater||Portsmouth High School
St Hilda's College, Oxford
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.
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.
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.
In 2004 Hillier was selected as the Labour candidate to contest the Hackney South and Shoreditch through a controversial all-women shortlist. 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 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.
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.
In December 2009, while promoting the unpopular National Identity Card scheme as Identity Minister in Liverpool, she admitted had forgotten her own ID card, attributing the error on the demands of looking after her baby.
- Signatory to letter to Pope Francis to allow ordination of married men to the Catholic priesthood
- Profile, parliament.uk
- Veteran former Labour MP defects to the Liberal Democrats
- House of Commons Hansard Debates 24 May 2005 (pt 19)
- Post Office Closures The Public Whip website
- UK's national ID card unveiled
- Holyrood rejects identity cards
- Identity minister forgets ID card, theregister.co.uk, 16 December 2009
- Red-faced Minister Meg Hillier forgets her identity card for Liverpool roll-out, liverpooldailypost.co.uk
- MPs, Lords and offices webpage, UK Parliament website
- Notice of marriage of Hillier and Simpson, number10.gov.uk
- "Baby Girl for MP", Hackney Gazetter 21 April 2009; accessed 14 May 2009
- Meg Hillier MP official website
- Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
- Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 1803–2005
- Current session contributions in Parliament at Hansard
- Electoral history and profile at The Guardian
- Voting record at Public Whip
- Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou
- Profile at Westminster Parliamentary Record
- Profile at BBC News Democracy Live
- Articles authored at Journalisted
- Debrett's People of Today
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Hackney South and Shoreditch
|Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change