Clive Efford

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Clive Efford
Clive Efford.jpg
Shadow Minister for Culture, Media and Sport
In office
8 October 2011 – 28 June 2016
Leader Ed Miliband
Jeremy Corbyn
Preceded by Ian Austin
Member of Parliament
for Eltham
Assumed office
1 May 1997
Preceded by Peter Bottomley
Majority 2,693 (6.2%)
Personal details
Born (1958-07-10) 10 July 1958 (age 58)
Southwark, London, England
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Gillian Vallins

Clive Stanley Efford (born 10 July 1958) is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Eltham since 1997.

Early life[edit]

Efford was born in London and educated at the Walworth Comprehensive School and Southwark College. He worked in his family jewellery business, until he completed The Knowledge and qualified as London taxi driver in 1987. In 1986, he became an elected councillor in the London Borough of Greenwich, and continued in both these occupations until being elected to Parliament in 1997.

Political career[edit]

Efford was first elected to Greenwich Council in 1986 for the Eltham Well Hall Ward, becoming the Labour Group Chief Whip in 1990. He went on to contest the marginal seat of Eltham at the 1992 general election, but was defeated by the sitting Conservative Peter Bottomley by 1,666 votes. He was again selected to contest Eltham five years later in 1997, whilst Bottomley stepped down in order to stand in the safe Conservative seat of Worthing West. Efford subsequently gained Eltham for Labour with a majority of 10,182. He went on to win the seat at the ensuing general elections in 2001, 2005 and 2010, with his majority declining after each.

He made his maiden speech in the House of Commons on 25 June 1997.[1] Almost as soon as he was elected, he was required to deal with the fallout from the family of murdered Eltham teenager Stephen Lawrence registering a formal complaint with the Police Complaints Authority, with the police officers in question facing allegations of racism.

In Parliament, he has served on a number of Select Committees, most notably being a member of the Transport Select Committee from 2001 to 2008. In 2003, he was one of the Labour MPs who rebelled against the government and voted against UK involvement in the Iraq War. In 2005, Efford was responsible for the reformation of the previously defunct Tribune Group, though unlike its previous incarnation, membership was restricted to backbench Labour MPs.[2] In 2008, he became the Parliamentary Private Secretary to Housing Minister Margaret Beckett, later becoming the PPS to John Healey in the same role from 2009 to 2010.

He was one of the first MPs to declare his support for Ed Miliband, the successful candidate, in the 2010 Labour leadership election. Miliband subsequently appointed him to the Opposition Front Bench in 2011 as a Shadow Home Office Minister under new Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper. In the reshuffle of October 2011, he became the Shadow Minister for Sport.

Clive Efford was one of 36 Labour MPs to nominate Jeremy Corbyn as a candidate in the Labour leadership election of 2015.[3] and retained his position in Corbyn's shadow cabinet. He resigned from Corbyn's shadow cabinet following a large number of resignations from the Labour front bench on 28 June 2016.

Efford was shortlisted for the Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award in 2015 for his work on National Health Service Bill, and he remains in the directory of the Grassroot Diplomat Who's Who publication.[4]

Personal life[edit]

He is a keen supporter of Millwall F.C. and a qualified football coach. Efford has been married to Gillian Vallins since 1981 and they have three daughters.


External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Peter Bottomley
Member of Parliament for Eltham