Janet Daby

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Janet Daby

Member of Parliament
for Lewisham East
Assumed office
14 June 2018
Preceded byHeidi Alexander
Majority5,629 (25.6%)
Personal details
Janet Jessica Daby

(1970-12-15) 15 December 1970 (age 48)
Political partyLabour

Janet Jessica Daby (born 15th December 1970) is a British Labour Party politician who is Member of Parliament (MP) for the parliamentary constituency of Lewisham East in London. Daby won the seat at a by-election held on 14 June 2018.

Daby pledged to fight for the UK to remain in the European Union customs union and the single market.[1]

Early life[edit]

Daby's parents were Windrush migrants from Guyana and Jamaica, and has lived in Lewisham East for over 22 years. She was brought up on a council estate where, as a child, racist thugs pelted her windows with eggs three nights in a row.[2] She attended Blackheath Bluecoat School in Greenwich.[3]


Daby is a Lewisham borough councillor, first elected in 2010, and was nominated as deputy mayor of the London Borough of Lewisham prior to her election as an MP. She previously worked in volunteer management and in children’s social care, and acted as a registered fostering manager.[4]

A by-election was triggered in Lewisham East by the resignation of the incumbent Labour MP Heidi Alexander in May 2018. Daby was selected as Labour's by-election candidate after hustings involving an all-women shortlist.[5] She retained the seat for Labour in the by-election on 14 June with 50.2% of the vote, although Labour's majority was reduced from 21,213 to 5,629. Turnout, however, was 33.3%, roughly half of the 2017 election where it was 69.3%. [3]

Personal life[edit]

Daby has two children.[2]


  1. ^ Cowburn, Ashley (18 May 2018). "Lewisham East by-election: Brexit becomes key dividing line in contest to replace Heidi Alexander as Labour candidate". The Independent. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  2. ^ a b Bloom, Dan (15 June 2018). "Who is Janet Daby? Profile of Labour's newest MP after victory in Lewisham East by-election". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  3. ^ a b Simpson, Fiona (15 June 2018). "Lewisham East by-election result: Who is Labour's Janet Daby?". London Evening Standard.
  4. ^ "Janet Daby: our candidate for Lewisham East". Labour in London. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Lewisham East by-election: Janet Daby chosen to stand for Labour". BBC News. 19 May 2018. Retrieved 19 May 2018.

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Heidi Alexander
Member of Parliament
for Lewisham East