Bridget Phillipson

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Bridget Phillipson
Official portrait of Bridget Phillipson crop 2.jpg
Member of Parliament
for Houghton and Sunderland South
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by New constituency
Majority 12,341 (29.8%)
Personal details
Born (1983-12-19) 19 December 1983 (age 34)
Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England[1]
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Lawrence Dimery (m. 2009)
Children 2
Alma mater Hertford 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 is currently a member of the Public Accounts Committee.[9]

From 2010 to 2015, she was Secretary to All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Domestic and Sexual Violence,[10] which published the report "The Changing Landscape of Domestic and Sexual Violence Services" in February 2015.[11]

She was also a member of the Public Bill Committee for the Defence Reform Act 2014,[12] and of the Procedure Committee between July 2010 and October 2011. Since October 2010, she has been a member of the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission.[13]

Phillipson increased her majority in the 2017 general election.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Phillipson is married with two children,[4] and enjoys reading, music and dog-walking.[15] She is a Roman Catholic.[16]


  1. ^ Who's Who
  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. 
  4. ^ a b "Bridget Phillipson". Retrieved 21 October 2016. 
  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. ^ a b "Bridget Phillipson MP: Biography". UK Parliament. Retrieved 21 October 2016. 
  10. ^ "Register Of All-Party Groups [as at 30 March 2015]: Domestic and Sexual Violence". UK Parliament. Retrieved 21 October 2016. 
  11. ^ Hawkins, Siân; Taylor, Katy. The Changing Landscape of Domestic and Sexual Violence Services (PDF). Bristol: Women's Aid. ISBN 9780907817970. 
  12. ^ "House of Commons Public Bill Committee on the Defence Reform Bill 2013-14". UK Parliament. Retrieved 17 September 2013. 
  13. ^ "Voting Record". public Retrieved 21 October 2016. 
  14. ^ Silfverskiold, Petra (8 June 2017). "Bridget Phillipson increases her majority in Houghton and Sunderland South". Sunderland Echo. Retrieved 8 June 2017. 
  15. ^ "Who's Who". Retrieved 21 October 2016. 
  16. ^ 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]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament
for Houghton and Sunderland South