Gill Furniss

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Gill Furniss

Gill Furniss in Firth Park.jpg
Shadow Minister for Steel, Postal Affairs, and Consumer Protection
Assumed office
8 October 2016
Preceded byPosition established
Member of Parliament
for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough
Assumed office
6 May 2016
Preceded byHarry Harpham
Majority19,143 (45.7%)
Personal details
Born (1957-03-14) 14 March 1957 (age 62)
Sheffield, England
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)Harry Harpham (deceased 2016)
Alma materLeeds Beckett University

Gillian Furniss (born 14 March 1957) is a British Labour Party politician and the member of Parliament for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough.

Early life and education[edit]

Furniss was born in Sheffield on 14 March 1957. She is the daughter of a Sheffield steel worker. She was educated at the Chaucer School, Sheffield, and graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University with a BA in Library and Information Studies as a mature student in 1998. After leaving school, she working as a librarian and went on to work as an administrator at the Northern General Hospital.[1][2]

Political career[edit]

She unsuccessfully stood as the Labour Party candidate in the Hillsborough ward of Sheffield City Council in 1998 but was subsequently elected in the Manor ward the following year. She was re-elected in the same ward in 2003, before being elected in the Southey ward until she stood down in 2016.[3][4]

She stood unsuccessfully as the Labour Party candidate for Sheffield Hallam in the 2001 general election, finishing in third place.[5]

She is the widow of Harry Harpham, MP for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough, who employed her as a part-time researcher after his election in the 2015 general election.[6]

After her husband's death in February 2016, she was selected as the Labour candidate at the Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough by-election which was held on 5 May 2016.[4] She won the by-election with an increased share of the vote and a majority of 9,590 (42.5%) over the second-placed candidate representing UKIP. She was re-elected at the 2017 general election.

In Parliament, Furniss has served on the Women and Equalities Committee. Since October 2016 she has served as Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Steel, Postal Affairs and Consumer Protection).[7]


  1. ^ Perraudin, Frances (4 May 2016). "Antisemitism row makes no mark in Sheffield as voters focus on cuts". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  2. ^ "About Gill". Personal website. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Election Results" (PDF). Sheffield City Council. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Gill Furniss to contest Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough by-election". BBC News. 4 March 2016. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  5. ^ Pidd, Helen (3 March 2016). "Three women in running to be Labour candidate in Sheffield byelection". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  6. ^ Hope, Christopher; Wilkinson, Michael (29 June 2015). "One in five MPs employs a family member: the full list revealed". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  7. ^ "Gill Furniss MP". GOV.UK. Retrieved 21 November 2018.

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Harry Harpham
Member of Parliament
for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough