Anna McMorrin

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Anna McMorrin
MP
Official portrait of Anna McMorrin crop 2.jpg
Member of Parliament
for Cardiff North
Assumed office
8 June 2017
Preceded by Craig Williams
Majority 4,174 (8.0%)
Personal details
Born 1971 (age 46–47)
Political party Welsh Labour
Labour
Spouse(s) Alun Davies
Alma mater University of Southampton
Cardiff University

Anna Rhiannon McMorrin[1] (born 1971) is a Welsh Labour Party politician. She has been the Member of Parliament (MP)[2] for Cardiff North since 8 June 2017.[3][4]

Early life and career[edit]

Anna McMorrin grew up near Brecon. Having joined the Labour Party as a student, she graduated from the University of Southampton in 1994 with a BA in French and Politics. In 1997, she graduated from Cardiff University, with a post-graduate diploma in journalism.[3]

After graduating, McMorrin worked in public relations and communications. After working as a part-time communications officer for the Labour Party between 1996-1997, she worked for public affairs consultancy for Hill and Knowlton. In 2006, McMorrin became Campaigns and Communications Director for Friends of the Earth Cymru. In 2008, she joined the Welsh Government as an appointed Specialist Advisor,[5] working with Ministers including Jane Hutt AM, John Griffiths AM and Alun Davies AM.

In February 2016 she unsuccessfully sought the Labour nomination for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney, losing out to Dawn Bowden[6]

McMorrin left the Welsh Government to become Director of Llais Ltd, and joining Invicta Public Affairs in October 2016.[7]

Parliamentary career[edit]

On 8 June 2017, McMorrin was elected as the Member of Parliament for Cardiff North.[8]

Shortly after becoming an MP, McMorrin asked leader of the House of Commons, Andrea Leadsom, for an urgent debate about the 1,100 Tesco job losses in Cardiff North. McMorrin strongly opposed the decision, and asked for it to be reviewed.[9] McMorrin was successful in gaining an urgent debate in the House of Commons on 19 July 2017, and in her speech said she wished to "highlight the way in which Tesco has acted; secondly, describe the human impact of these actions; and finally, explore how we respond to these things and the next steps.".[10]

McMorrin was Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Barry Gardiner MP, Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade until 13 June 2018. [11][12]

McMorrin is a member of the Environmental Audit Select Committee[13] and joined the Welsh Affairs Select Committee on 24 October 2017 [14] following criticism of both an unfilled committee[15] and an all-male lineup.[16]

On 13 June 2018, McMorrin and five other Labour MPs resigned their roles as frontbenchers for the Labour Party in protest at Labour’s Brexit position. Leader Jeremy Corbyn had instructed his MPs to abstain in a vote which Britain would remain in the single market by joining the European Economic Area (EEA). The MPs resigned and voted in favour of the EEA.[17][18]

Personal life[edit]

McMorrin has two daughters. In 2014, she moved from her position in the Welsh Government Ministry for Natural Resources after starting a relationship with then Minister, Alun Davies,[19] with whom she now lives in Cardiff.[3] McMorrin is a Welsh language learner, and speaks French and Spanish.[20]

McMorrin is a member of the Unison and GMB trade unions, LGBT Labour, Labour Women's Network and the Cooperative Party.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "No. 61961". The London Gazette. 19 June 2017. p. 11787. 
  2. ^ "Anna McMorrin MP". parliament.uk. Parliament UK. 
  3. ^ a b c Mosalski, Ruth (9 June 2017). "Who is Cardiff's new Labour MP Anna McMorrin?". WalesOnline. Retrieved 9 June 2017. 
  4. ^ "Labour's Anna McMorrin takes Cardiff North from the Tories". BBC News. 9 June 2017. Retrieved 9 June 2017. 
  5. ^ McMorrin, Anna Rhiannon. ukwhoswho.com. Who's Who. 2018 (February 2018 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 13 February 2018.  closed access publication – behind paywall
  6. ^ https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/local-news/all-women-shortlist-merthyr-announced-10901363
  7. ^ "Anna McMorrin". linkedin.com. LinkedIn. 
  8. ^ "Labour takes Cardiff North from Tories". BBC News. 2017-06-09. Retrieved 2017-11-02. 
  9. ^ Mosalski, Ruth (2017-06-22). "Tesco staff found out on Facebook that they were losing their jobs". walesonline. Retrieved 2017-11-02. 
  10. ^ "Tesco House, Cardiff: Job Losses - Hansard Online". hansard.parliament.uk. Retrieved 2017-11-02. 
  11. ^ http://www.annamcmorrin.co.uk/en/parliament/
  12. ^ http://www.itv.com/news/wales/2018-06-13/two-welsh-resignations-from-shadow-team-10-welsh-mps-in-labour-brexit-revolt/
  13. ^ http://www.parliament.uk/eacom
  14. ^ https://twitter.com/CommonsWelshAff/status/922719308765114369
  15. ^ https://nation.cymru/2017/apathetic-welsh-labour-mps-blasted-for-lack-of-interest-in-scrutiny-role/
  16. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-41227347
  17. ^ Culbertson, Alix (14 June 2018). "Six Labour MPs quit frontbench roles over key Brexit vote". Sky News. Retrieved 14 June 2018. 
  18. ^ Morris, Nigel (13 June 2018). "Six Labour frontbenchers resign in protest at Labour's Brexit position". i News. Retrieved 14 June 2018. 
  19. ^ Shipton, Martin (20 May 2014). "Revealed: Concern over Minister, his specialist adviser and their relationship". WalesOnline. Retrieved 9 June 2017. 
  20. ^ a b "Anna McMorrin MP | about Anna". www.annamcmorrin.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-11-02. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Craig Williams
Member of Parliament for Cardiff North
2017–present
Incumbent