|Member of Parliament
for Warrington South
2 May 1997 – 12 April 2010
|Preceded by||Mike Hall|
|Succeeded by||David Mowat|
13 November 1956 |
Preston, England, UK
|Alma mater||Lancaster University|
Helen Mary Southworth (born 13 November 1956) is a Labour Party politician in the United Kingdom. She is the former Member of Parliament (MP) for Warrington South, and was first elected at the 1997 general election. She retained the Warrington South seat at the 2001 and 2005 general elections, each time with a reduced majority. On 15 June 2009, she announced that she would be retiring at the next general election. The seat that she vacated was subsequently won for the Conservative Party by David Mowat. She was the only person to have won successive elections in the constituency until her successor, Conservative David Mowat, won the 2015 General Election with an increased majority.
Born in Preston, Southworth was educated at the former Larkhill Convent Grammar School (now called Cardinal Newman College, a sixth form college) on Larkhill Road in Frenchwood, Preston. In 1978, she graduated with a BA in English Literature from Lancaster University.
Before entering Parliament, Southworth was a councillor on St Helens Borough Council, on which she became chairperson of the Leisure Committee. She unsuccessfully contested the Wirral South constituency at the 1992 General Election. She was a Director at Age Concern in St Helens.
Southworth served as a member of the House of Commons select committees on Trade and Industry (1998–2001) and Procedure (1997–1999). She was Parliamentary Private Secretary to Paul Boateng, the former Chief Secretary to the Treasury, from 2001 to 2005. In 2005 she was appointed a member of the Culture, Media and Sport select committee, which scrutinised the implementation of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Isle of Man
After completing her term as an MP, Southworth moved with her husband to the Isle of Man. In 2014 she became CEO of Age Isle of Man having previously been CEO of Age Concern in St Helens for thirteen years before she stepped down in 2010.
She is the sister of science writer Gabrielle Walker, well known for her radio shows on BBC Radio 4 and also her Antarctic studies. She married Edmund Southworth, who graduated from Lancaster University in 1977 where he studied Archaeology. Her husband has been on the North West Committee of the Heritage Lottery Fund, was the County Museums Officer for Lancashire County Council from 2001, and became Director of Manx National Heritage in 2009.
- "Warrington Guardian article". Warrington Guardian. 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-28.
- "Warrington South MP Helen Southworth to stand down at general election". Liverpool Daily Post. 2009-06-16.
- "New CEO for Age Isle of Man" (Press release). Age Isle of Man. 10 July 2014. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
- "New Director of Manx National Heritage". Isle of Man Government. 2009-07-03. Retrieved 2012-12-02.
- Helen Southworth official website
- The Labour Party - Helen Southworth MP official biography
- Guardian Unlimited Politics - Ask Aristotle: Helen Southworth MP
- TheyWorkForYou.com - Helen Southworth MP
- BBC 1997 General Election - candidate biography
- BBC Politics page
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Warrington South