|Shadow Minister of State for Tourism and Heritage|
|Assumed office |
9 April 2020
|Preceded by||Kevin Brennan (Arts and Heritage)|
|Member of Parliament|
for Leeds North West
|Assumed office |
8 June 2017
|Preceded by||Greg Mulholland|
|Member of Leeds City Council|
3 May 2012 – 3 May 2018
|Preceded by||Mark Harris|
|Succeeded by||Mohammed Shahzad|
Alexander David Sobel
26 April 1975
|Political party||Labour Co-op|
|Alma mater||University of Leeds|
Alexander David Sobel (born 26 April 1975) is a British Labour and Co-operative politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Leeds North West since the 2017 general election. He defeated the Liberal Democrat MP Greg Mulholland who had held the seat since 2005.
Sobel was born Alexander David Sobel in Leeds on 26 April 1975. His parents, Leopold and Ruth Sobel, migrated from Israel in 1971. His family moved south when he was young and Sobel grew up close to Beaconsfield, attending Holtspur Middle School and John Hampden Grammar School. As a teenager, he joined anti-fascist and environmental protests in Leeds. He studied information systems at the University of Leeds, graduating in 1997. Sobel worked with social enterprises, and ran the regional body Social Enterprise Yorkshire and the Humber from 2009 until 2017.
Sobel joined the Labour Party in 1997. In the 2005 general election, he was the Labour candidate for the Beaconsfield constituency, where he came third. Having previously run unsuccessfully in Leeds City Council elections from 2002 to 2007, he was elected as a Labour councillor for the Moortown ward in the 2012 council election, and was re-elected in the 2016 council election. He led the council's work on air pollution and climate change. In the 2015 United Kingdom general election, he unsuccessfully contested the Leeds North West constituency. During the election, Sobel and the Leeds North West Labour Party were required to publish an apology leaflet and pay legal costs after falsely claiming the Liberal Democrat MP Greg Mulholland voted for the Academies Act 2010. In December 2015, Sobel co-founded the activist group Open Labour.
In the 2017 general election, he was elected as MP for Leeds North West, beating the Liberal Democrat incumbent Greg Mulholland. In October 2017, Sobel was elected as one of the officers of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on rare, genetic and undiagnosed conditions. In 2019, he formed an All-Party Parliamentary Group aiming to reduce carbon emissions to net zero as early as possible. In July 2019, Sobel became Parliamentary Private Secretary to the shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry. He spoke at an Extinction Rebellion protest in October 2019.
In February 2021, Sobel supported a campaign to encourage organisations to put the gender neutral title 'Mx' on forms and submitted a question to Kemi Badenoch, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Equalities on the issue.
In April 2021, Sobel inquired about the availability of tickets to the Brit Awards which were to be held the following month as a test event for the Governments Covid test event programme. Sobel attended the event but breached parliamentary standards by failing to declare his complimentary ticket with a value of £900 within the required timelines.
In February 2020, Sobel self-quarantined after learning that a confirmed COVID-19 pandemic case had also been in attendance at a conference eight days earlier which he and Lilian Greenwood, another Labour MP, had attended.
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