Alex Sobel

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Alex Sobel

Official portrait of Alex Sobel crop 2.jpg
Official Parliamentary portrait, June 2017
Member of Parliament
for Leeds North West
Assumed office
9 June 2017
Preceded byGreg Mulholland
Majority4,224 (9.1%)
Leeds City Councillor
for Moortown Ward
In office
2012 – 2018
Preceded byMark Harris
Succeeded byMohammed Shahzad
Personal details
Alexander David Sobel

(1975-04-26) 26 April 1975 (age 44)
Leeds, England
Political partyLabour Co-op
Alma materUniversity of Leeds

Alexander David Sobel[1] (born 26 April 1975)[2] is a British Labour Co-op politician who has been Member of Parliament for Leeds North West in West Yorkshire, England since 2017.[3] He was elected at the 2017 general election,[4] succeeding Liberal Democrat Greg Mulholland, who had held the seat since 2005.

Early life[edit]

Sobel's parents emigrated from Israel in 1971.[5] Sobel was born in Leeds, and educated at the University of Leeds, studying Information Systems.[6] Until his election as an MP, Sobel worked with social enterprises and ran the regional body Social Enterprise Yorkshire and the Humber.[6]

Political career[edit]

He was a Labour councillor for the Moortown ward of Leeds City Council from 2012,[7] elected in 2012 winning again in 2016.[8] He led the council's work on air pollution and climate change.[9] His priorities as MP include protecting membership of the EU single market, and nationalising energy, water and the Royal Mail. He opposes the Trident nuclear programme.[10] He is also a founding member of the group Open Labour.[11]

A member of the Jewish Labour Movement,[12] Sobel called in May 2016 for the Jewish community to work with Naz Shah "so she better understands Jewish Life in the UK, Israel and the rest of the diaspora".[13] Sobel is also an Executive Committee Member for SERA, Labour's Environment Campaign.[14]

In October 2017, Sobel was elected as one of the officers of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Rare, Genetic and Undiagnosed Conditions.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Sobel is the father of two children.[5]


  1. ^ "No. 61961". The London Gazette. 19 June 2017. p. 11779.
  2. ^ "Alex Sobel MP". MyParliament. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Alex Sobel MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Leeds North West". Election 2017. BBC News. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  5. ^ a b Cohen, Justin (16 July 2017). "New Jewish MP 'proud' to represent city his immigrant parents made home". Jewish News. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
  6. ^ a b "About Alex". Alex Sobel. Archived from the original on 11 June 2017. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
  7. ^ Sobel, Alexander David. Who's Who. 2018 (February 2018 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 14 February 2018. closed access
  8. ^ "Councillor Alex Sobel". Your Councillors. Leeds City Council. Retrieved 9 June 2017. Includes photo
  9. ^ "Real time #ElectionLeaflet monitoring". Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  10. ^ "Exclusive: 75% of Labour PPCs oppose Trident renewal". New Statesman. 3 March 2015. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  11. ^ "We're Gold Plating Labour's Policy – Emma Burnell interviews Alex Sobel". Open Labour. 16 June 2018. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  12. ^ "Celebration for winners in the north, but chaos for voters in north London". The Jewish Chronicle. 12 May 2016. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  13. ^ "Suspended MP Naz Shah tells synagogue: 'I was ignorant about Judaism'". Jewish News. 30 May 2016. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  14. ^ "SERA's 2016/17 Executive Committee". SERA - Labour's Environment Campaign. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
  15. ^ "The Westminster All Party Parliamentary Group on Rare, Genetic and Undiagnosed Conditions". Genetic Alliance UK. Retrieved 26 October 2017.

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Greg Mulholland
Member of Parliament for Leeds North West