|Member of Parliament
6 May 2005 – 12 April 2010
|Preceded by||Ivor Caplin|
|Succeeded by||Mike Weatherley|
28 September 1955 |
Cardiff, Wales, UK
|Children||two sons, one daughter|
|Residence||Hove and London|
|Alma mater||Cambridge University, Cardiff University|
Barlow was born in Cardiff, Wales, and attended King Edward High School for Girls in Birmingham. She completed an MA in Archaeology and Anthropology at Cambridge then studying for a postgraduate diploma in journalism at Cardiff University. She began her career as a reporter on the Bradford Telegraph and Argus in 1979. She was appointed assistant editor at Asia Television in Hong Kong in 1982. She returned to Britain in 1983 to become home news editor at the BBC. She left the BBC in 1995. She became a freelance video producer in 1998 before lecturing in video production at the Chichester College of Art and Design from 2000.
She was elected secretary of the Chelsea Constituency Labour Party in 1993, and became the chair of the Chichester Constituency Labour Party in 1998. In 2000, she was selected to contest the safe Conservative seat of Chichester at the 2001 General Election and finished third, behind the winner Andrew Tyrie.
In November 2004 Ivor Caplin, the Labour MP for the very marginal Hove constituency, announced his retirement at the next election and Celia Barlow was chosen to fight the seat through a controversial All-Women Shortlist. It was widely assumed that she would be defeated by Nicholas Boles, considered a rising star of the Conservative Party, but she was elected at the 2005 General Election with a majority of just 420 votes. She became the first of the new MPs elected in 2005 to make their maiden speech in the House of Commons.
After May 2006 she served as the Parliamentary Private Secretary to Ian Pearson, Economic Secretary in HM Treasury and Parliamentary Under-Secretary in the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform. She is a member of parliamentary group EURIM.
2009 Parliamentary Expenses Scandal
She was one of many UK MPs to be implicated in the 2009 Expenses Scandal, claiming more than £28,000 in expenses on her second home, then 'flipping' it and using it as her main residence. The expense claims included the cost of a whirlpool bath and a high lustre silver shower screen Barlow later made political capital out of the fact she failed to claim for a second home in London.
Barlow married the former BBC North America foreign correspondent and University of Hull-educated Sam Jaffa in August 1988 in Bromsgrove. Her husband stood for the Eastleigh seat in 2001 as a Labour candidate coming third. They have two sons and one daughter together. They divorced in 2011.
- Dod's parliamentary companion guide ... - Google Books
- BBC News - Caplin to stand down as Hove MP
- Hansard 17 May 2005 col 64
- Tory MP Mike Weatherley's wife working as a prostitute - mirror.co.uk
- "Celia Barlow claimed £28,000 before switching home", Daily Telegraph, 29 May 2009
- Celia Barlow used MPs expenses to spruce up Hove home (From The Argus)
- Former Hove MP asked to repay £17k after failing to respond to expenses inquiry (From The Argus)
- End of the line for greedy MPs (From The Argus)
- BBC NEWS | VOTE 2001 | CANDIDATES
- MPs rake in thousands as directors of private companies (From The Argus)
- Celia Barlow official website
- Celia Barlow MySpace
- Brighton & Hove Labour Party
- Guardian Unlimited Politics - Ask Aristotle: Celia Barlow MP
- TheyWorkForYou.com - Celia Barlow MP
- The Public Whip - Celia Barlow MP - Voting record
- BBC Politics page
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Hove
2005 – 2010