Dan Carden

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Dan Carden

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Shadow Secretary of State for International Development
Assumed office
1 December 2018
LeaderJeremy Corbyn
ShadowingPenny Mordaunt
Rory Stewart
Preceded byKate Osamor
Shadow Minister for International Development
In office
12 January 2018 – 1 December 2018
LeaderJeremy Corbyn
Preceded byRoberta Blackman-Woods
Succeeded byPreet Gill
Member of Parliament
for Liverpool Walton
Assumed office
8 June 2017
Preceded bySteve Rotheram
Majority32,551 (77.1%)
Personal details
Daniel Joseph Carden[1]

(1986-10-28) 28 October 1986 (age 32)
Liverpool, England
Political partyLabour
Alma materLondon School of Economics

Daniel Joseph Carden (born 28 October 1986) is a British Labour Party politician serving as Acting Shadow Secretary of State for International Development since 2018, and has served as Member of Parliament (MP) for Liverpool Walton since 2017.[2]

Early life[edit]

Dan has described himself as a "proud Scouser", having been born and raised in Liverpool. He is the son of Mike Carden, who was the shop steward during the dockers' strike during the 1990s, and was fired for refusing to cross a picket line. His mother has worked in the NHS for over 40 years.[3]

His secondary education was at St Edward's College in West Derby (OE 1998–2005) where he was the Head Boy.[4] He then went on to study BSc International Relations at the London School of Economics, where he was also Chair of the University Labour Club.[5]


Prior to becoming an MP, Carden worked in Parliament and with Len McCluskey at Unite.[2]

During the selection process for the Liverpool Walton seat, he defeated Liverpool City Mayor Joe Anderson, Theresa Griffin MEP and other prominent local figures to be selected by the NEC to become Labour's candidate.[6] On 8 June, Carden was elected MP for Walton with 85.7% of the vote share with a 32,551 majority.[7]

Carden is a patron of LGBT Labour[8] and a member of the Socialist Campaign Group.[9] On 12 January 2018, he was appointed Shadow Minister for International Development.[10] On 1 December 2018, he was appointed Acting Shadow Secretary of State for International Development after the resignation of Kate Osamor following events surrounding her son's drugs conviction.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Following his election to the House of Commons, Carden and his supporters celebrated in a Liverpool pub called "The Grapes". The pub's landlady claimed that the group were screaming, shouting, chanting, and standing on the furniture, and barred Carden and some of his friends from ever entering the pub again.[12] Carden denied the allegations, but apologised to the pub's landlady, who lifted the lifetime ban just one day after it was imposed.[13]

Carden is a supporter of Liverpool Football Club and an advocate of fan activism including Liverpool and Everton supporters' initiative Fans Supporting Foodbanks.[14]


  1. ^ "No. 61961". The London Gazette. 19 June 2017. p. 11778.
  2. ^ a b Thorp, Liam (11 May 2017). "We meet the 30-year-old who beat Mayor Anderson to contest Liverpool MP role". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Trade unionist Dan Carden selected in Liverpool Walton". Left Futures. 10 May 2017. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Secondary education".
  5. ^ "Dan Carden MP talks Parliament, Jeremy Corbyn and music venue closures". 22 October 2018.
  6. ^ Thomas, Joe (9 June 2017). "Liverpool's new MP Dan Carden 'absolutely honoured'". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  7. ^ "Liverpool Walton parliamentary constituency - Election 2017". BBC News. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  8. ^ "Patrons". LGBT+ Labour.
  9. ^ MP, Dan Carden (20 December 2018). "Last night @jeremycorbyn visited our Socialist Campaign Group meeting in the same room he was nominated to stand for Leader of the Labour Party over 3 years ago. Today Labour is an anti-austerity, proud socialist Party with a radical vision for our country.pic.twitter.com/Fo2IrS6V21".
  10. ^ Kirkham, Jenny (12 January 2018). "Walton MP Dan Carden given role on Corbyn's frontbench team". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  11. ^ "Labour MP Kate Osamor resigns as shadow international development secretary". New Statesman. 1 December 2018. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  12. ^ Thorp, Liam (11 June 2017). "Liverpool MP barred from city centre pub for life after 'chanting and standing on furniture' days after being elected". Daily Mirror. Archived from the original on 13 June 2017. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
  13. ^ Thorp, Liam (12 June 2017). "Pub landlady lifts lifetime ban for MP Daniel Carden". Liverpoool Echo. Archived from the original on 13 June 2017. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
  14. ^ Johnson, Mark (22 September 2017). "Foodbank support shows 'best of Scousers'". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 18 January 2018.

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Steve Rotheram
Member of Parliament for Liverpool Walton