Gemma Doyle (politician)

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Gemma Doyle
Shadow Minister for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans
In office
8 October 2010 – 8 May 2015
LeaderEd Miliband
Preceded byBob Ainsworth
Succeeded byRachael Maskell
(as Shadow Minister for Armed Forces Personnel and Veterans)
Member of Parliament
for West Dunbartonshire
In office
6 May 2010 – 30 March 2015
Preceded byJohn McFall
Succeeded byMartin Docherty
Personal details
Born (1981-04-13) 13 April 1981 (age 38)[1]
Alexandria, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland[2]
Political partyLabour Co-operative
Alma materUniversity of Glasgow
CommitteesEnergy and Climate Change 2010, Administration 2010, Armed Forces Bill 2011–

Gemma Doyle (born 13 April 1981)[1] is a British Labour Co-operative politician, who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for West Dunbartonshire between 2010 and 2015.[3][4]


She previously worked for the Labour Party, and before that for the Institution of Civil Engineers as a conference organiser, for the political communications company Holyrood Communications Ltd, and as a Labour party researcher for Cathy Craigie Labour MSP.

She had previously stood as a Labour candidate in Scotland at the 2004 European Parliament elections.

Member of Parliament[edit]

In October 2010 she became Labour's Shadow Defence Minister for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans,[5] deputy to Shadow Defence Secretary Jim Murphy. In 2011, she was a member of the special Select Committee set up to scrutinise the Bill that became the Armed Forces Act 2011.[6]

Later career[edit]

Doyle lost her seat in the 2015 election, and after leaving parliament became director of a public affairs firm.[7]

Doyle is a Trustee of the Foreign Policy Centre and chair of the Bermondsey and Old Southwark constituency Labour party.[8][9]

Personal life[edit]

Gemma Doyle is married to Gregor Poynton, the Director of External Engagement at the Scottish Labour Party,[10] who was formerly at Portland Communications and Blue State Digital. Poynton was the Labour candidate for North East Fife at the 2003 Scottish Parliament election.[11]


  1. ^ a b "Strathleven Regeneration C.I.C." Dellam Corporate Information. 22 June 2011. Retrieved 21 November 2012.
  2. ^ "About Gemma". Archived from the original on 11 July 2012. Retrieved 21 November 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ "Gemma Doyle, former MP, West Dunbartonshire - TheyWorkForYou". TheyWorkForYou.
  4. ^ STV
  5. ^ "Ed Miliband's shadow cabinet and ministerial teams". BBC News. 12 October 2010.
  6. ^ "Select Committee on the Armed Forces Bill". Retrieved 20 September 2013.
  7. ^ Warry, Richard. "Election results 2017: How do you get over losing your job as an MP?". BBC. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Trustees". Foreign Policy Centre. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  9. ^ "Bermondsey Corbynites claim Neil Coyle breached rules in trigger ballots". LabourList. 18 September 2019. Retrieved 23 September 2019.
  10. ^ "Murphy continues Scottish Labour rebuilding with appointment of Better Together Chief". LabourList. 21 January 2015.
  11. ^ "2003 Election Results".

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John McFall
Member of Parliament for West Dunbartonshire
Succeeded by
Martin Docherty