Phillipson in 2020
|Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury|
|Assumed office |
6 April 2020
|Preceded by||Peter Dowd|
|Member of Parliament|
for Houghton and Sunderland South
|Assumed office |
6 May 2010
|Preceded by||New constituency|
|Born||19 December 1983|
Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England
|Alma mater||Hertford College, Oxford|
Bridget Maeve Phillipson (born 19 December 1983) is a British Labour Party politician who was elected at the 2010 general election as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Houghton and Sunderland South. She was the first MP to be declared to be elected to the 2010 and 2015 Parliaments, the latter with a majority of 12,938. She was re-elected in 2017 and 2019. In 2020, she was promoted to the Shadow Cabinet by new Labour Leader, Keir Starmer, as Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury.
Bridget Maeve Phillipson was born on 19 December 1983 in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear. She was educated at St Robert of Newminster Catholic School in Washington, Tyne and Wear. From there, she went on to study Modern History at Hertford College, Oxford, graduating in 2005.
Phillipson was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Houghton and Sunderland South at the 2010 general election. After entering Parliament, she was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to Jim Murphy, who was then the Shadow Defence Secretary. Between October 2013 and September 2015, she served as Opposition Whip in the British House of Commons.
She was elected to the Home Affairs Committee in July 2010, and remained a member until November 2013. She was a member of the Public Bill Committee for the Defence Reform Act 2014, and of the Procedure Committee between July 2010 and October 2011. She has also been a member of the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission since October 2010, and both the Committee on Standards and the Committee on Privileges since October 2017. She is currently also a member of the Public Accounts Committee and the European Statutory Instruments Committee. From 2010 to 2015, she was secretary to the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Domestic and Sexual Violence, which published the report "The Changing Landscape of Domestic and Sexual Violence Services" in February 2015.
Despite being an opposition MP since entering Parliament in 2010, she has campaigned successfully on a number of local issues, including forcing a government U-turn on the rebuilding of Hetton School, after plans to do so were cancelled by the Conservative-led government in 2010. The school was eventually rebuilt and reopened in 2016. She also led a campaign to improve standards and affordability of bus transport in Tyne and Wear, calling for the development of a quality contract scheme to be run by Nexus, the passenger transport executive for the North East Combined Authority. The government-appointed review board eventually refused permission for Nexus to advance the scheme.
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|New constituency|| Member of Parliament for Houghton and Sunderland South