Bridget Phillipson

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Bridget Phillipson

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Member of Parliament
for Houghton and Sunderland South
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded byNew constituency
Majority12,341 (29.8%)
Personal details
Born (1983-12-19) 19 December 1983 (age 35)
Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England[1]
Political partyLabour
Lawrence Dimery (m. 2009)
Alma materHertford College, Oxford

Bridget Maeve Phillipson[2] (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.[3] She was the first MP to be declared to be elected to the 2015 Parliament, with an increased majority of 12,938. She was re-elected in 2017.

She was educated at St Robert of Newminster Catholic School in Washington, Tyne and Wear, and from there went on to study Modern History at Hertford College, Oxford.

She joined the Labour Party at age 15.[4] In 2003, she was elected Co-Chair of the Oxford University Labour Club,[5] and in 2005, graduated with a BA (Hons) degree in Modern History.[6]

Between 2007 and 2010,[6] she was a manager for Wearside Women in Need, a charity refuge for women affected by domestic violence.[7]

Political career[edit]

After entering Parliament in 2010 aged just 26, she was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to Jim Murphy, then Shadow Secretary of State for Defence.[8]

Between October 2013 and September 2015, she served as Opposition Whip in the British House of Commons.[9]

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,[10] 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.[11]

From 2010 to 2015, she was Secretary to All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Domestic and Sexual Violence,[12] which published the report "The Changing Landscape of Domestic and Sexual Violence Services" in February 2015.[13]

Despite being an opposition MP since entering Parliament in 2010, she has campaigned successfully on a number of local issues, most notably 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.[14] The school was eventually rebuilt and reopened in 2016.[15]

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.[16] The government-appointed review board eventually refused permission for Nexus to advance the scheme.[17]

In the 2016 European Referendum, she campaigned for a Remain vote,[18] and in 2018 was one of the first Labour MPs to call for a People's Vote on any eventual deal.[19]

Within the Labour Party, she voted for David Miliband as leader in 2010,[20] for Yvette Cooper in 2015,[21] and for Owen Smith in 2016.[22]

Described by the New Statesman's Stephen Bush as "one of Labour’s brightest MPs,"[23] she has written for Labour List,[24] Renewal,[25] Progress,[26] and the New Statesman[27] on a range of subjects, including the regulation of bus services, immigration, poverty, and problems with Labour’s 2017 election campaign.

Personal life[edit]

Phillipson is married with two children,[4] and enjoys reading, music and dog-walking.[28] She is a Roman Catholic.[29]


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  2. ^ "List of Members Returned to Serve in Parliament at the General Election in 2010". the Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Houghton & Sunderland South". BBC News. Retrieved 6 May 2010.
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  5. ^ "Labour select Bridget Phillipson for Houghton and Sunderland South". Labour North. Retrieved 6 May 2010.
  6. ^ a b Who's Who 2013. A&C Black of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. September 2013. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  7. ^ Hunt, Liz (14 April 2010). "General Election 2010: Female politicians are doing too much posing". London: Telegraph. Retrieved 6 May 2010.
  8. ^ "Bridget Phillipson MP: parliamentary activities". UK Parliament. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  9. ^ "Bridget Phillipson MP: Biography". UK Parliament. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  10. ^ "House of Commons Public Bill Committee on the Defence Reform Bill 2013-14". UK Parliament. Retrieved 17 September 2013.
  11. ^ "Bridget Phillipson MP: Biography". UK Parliament. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  12. ^ "Register Of All-Party Groups [as at 30 March 2015]: Domestic and Sexual Violence". UK Parliament. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  13. ^ Hawkins, Siân; Taylor, Katy. The Changing Landscape of Domestic and Sexual Violence Services (PDF). Bristol: Women's Aid. ISBN 9780907817970.
  14. ^ "Hansard, 9 June 2010". UK Parliament. Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  15. ^ "New school buildings finally open after several setbacks". Northern Echo. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  16. ^ Phillipson, Bridget; Gilfillan, Scott (2015). "Route-masters: the re-regulation of bus services". Renewal. 23 (1&2): 17–29. Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  17. ^ "Bus devolution hangs in the balance after North East ruling". Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  18. ^ "Sunderland - Labour city putting the wind up remain campaign". Guardian. Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  19. ^ Watts, Joe (9 May 2018). "Labour Brexit row explodes as northern MPs break ranks with Corbyn and demand new referendum". Independent. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  20. ^ "North MPs back David Miliband for Labour leadership". BBC. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  21. ^ "Who's backing whom and who did endorsers vote to be leader in 2010?". LabourList. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  22. ^ Smith, Mikey; Bloom, Dan (20 July 2016). "Which MPs are nominating Owen Smith in the Labour leadership contest?". Mirror. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  23. ^ "Facebook post by Stephen Bush, 1 February 2017". Facebook. Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  24. ^ "English Labour: I'm not persuaded". Labour List. 25 July 2015. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  25. ^ Phillipson, Bridget; Gilfillan, Scott (2015). "Route-masters: the re-regulation of bus services". Renewal. 23 (1&2): 17–29. Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  26. ^ Phillipson, Bridget (5 February 2018). "Project reality". Progress magazine. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  27. ^ "Bridget Phillipson MP". Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  28. ^ "Who's Who". Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  29. ^ Ceridwen Lee (27 August 2015). "Fall in number of Catholic MPs in the House of Commons ahead of landmark debate on assisted dying". The Tablet. Retrieved 16 August 2016.

External links[edit]

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