Sarah Champion (politician)

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Sarah Champion MP
Member of Parliament
for Rotherham
Assumed office
29 November 2012
Preceded by Denis MacShane
Majority 5,318 (24.79%)[1]
Personal details
Born (1969-07-10) 10 July 1969 (age 45)
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Alma mater University of Sheffield

Sarah Deborah Champion (born 10 July 1969)[2] is a British Labour politician and Member of Parliament for Rotherham in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. Having previously been employed as the Chief Executive of a local hospice Champion was selected as the Labour candidate at the 2012 Rotherham by-election held on 29 November 2012.


Champion graduated with a degree in psychology from Sheffield University in 1991. After working as a volunteer at Sheffield's St Luke's Hospice, running art workshops at the city's Abbeydale Road Secondary School she gained full-time employment. She ran the Chinese Arts Centre in Manchester from 1996 to 2008, and was the Chief Executive of the Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice in North Anston, Rotherham from 2008 to 2012.[3]

In November 2012 she was selected to be Labour's candidate for the upcoming Rotherham by-election, which was triggered by the resignation of the constituency's previous MP, Denis MacShane. Champion was chosen to stand for Parliament after a controversial shortlist was imposed by the national party. Her selection took place at a heated meeting from which several delegates walked out in protest that Mahroof Hussain was not shortlisted.[4] She was elected as MP for Rotherham on 29 November with 9,866 votes (a 46.25% overall share of the vote). Jane Collins of the UK Independence Party was second with 4,648 votes (21.79%), achieving that party's best result in a by-election. Labour achieved a majority of 5,218 (24.46%), an increase in terms of percentage from Rotherham's 2010 general election result, but a decrease in the actual number of votes cast.[5] Champion is Rotherham's first female MP.[6]

In an interview with BBC Radio Sheffield on 30 November Champion said that she does not regard herself as a career politician: "There are some people who from the moment they were born wanted to be a politician. Whereas for me, since I started working I've always been working with the community and I want to carry on doing that."[5]

In a 2014 BBC interview Champion admitted that she rarely attends Prime Minister's Question time.[7]


Champion is currently a member of the Transport select committee, Vice Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for the Yorkshire Tour de France and a member of the Labour Parliamentary Women’s Group.


  1. ^ "2012 Constituency By-election result". Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council. 30 November 2012. Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Chinese Arts Centre". Dellam Corporate Information. 14 October 2008. Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Biography". Sarah Champion. Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "Labour names Bluebell Wood boss as by-election candidate". Rotherham Advertiser. 14 November 2012. Retrieved 3 December 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Labour holds Rotherham seat in by-election". BBC News (BBC). 30 November 2012. Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "Rotherham MP Sarah Champion says 'not career politician'". BBC News (BBC). 30 November 2012. Retrieved 3 December 2012. 
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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Denis MacShane
Member of Parliament for Rotherham
2012 -