Janet Daby

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Janet Daby

Official portrait of Janet Daby MP crop 2.jpg
2020 parliamentary portrait
Shadow Minister for Faiths
Assumed office
9 April 2020
LeaderKeir Starmer
Preceded byPosition Established
Member of Parliament
for Lewisham East
Assumed office
14 June 2018
Preceded byHeidi Alexander
Majority17,008 (38.0%)
Personal details
Janet Jessica Daby

(1970-12-15) 15 December 1970 (age 49)
Political partyLabour

Janet Jessica Daby (born 15 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 and was re-elected in the 2019 general election with 26,661 votes representing a majority of 17,008.[1]

Daby pledged to fight for the UK to remain in the European Union customs union and the single market.[2]

Early life[edit]

Daby's parents were Windrush migrants from Guyana and Jamaica.[3] She was brought up on a council estate where, as a child, racists pelted her windows with eggs three nights in a row.[4] She attended Blackheath Bluecoat School in Greenwich.[3]

Political career[edit]

Daby is a former Lewisham borough councillor,[5] first elected in 2010,[6] and served as deputy mayor of the London Borough of Lewisham prior to her election as an MP.[7][8] She previously worked in volunteer management and in children's social care, and acted as a registered fostering manager.[7]

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.[9] She retained the seat for Labour in the June 2018 by-election with 50.2% of the vote, although Labour's majority was reduced from 21,213 to 5,629.[10] Turnout, however, was 33.3%, roughly half of the 2017 election where it was 69.3% (typical of a by-election).

She was given her first shadow ministerial post on 9 April 2020 by the new Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer as Shadow Minister for Faiths, a new position shadowing ministers of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Daby has two children. She has lived in Lewisham for over 20 years.[4]


  1. ^ Somerville, Ewan (13 December 2019). "Lewisham East constituency results 2019: Labour's Janet Daby wins". Evening Standard. ESI Media. Retrieved 30 January 2020.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ a b Simpson, Fiona (15 June 2018). "Lewisham East by-election result: Who is Labour's Janet Daby?". Evening Standard.
  4. ^ a b Bloom, Dan (15 June 2018). "Who is Janet Daby? Profile of Labour's newest MP after victory in Lewisham East by-election". Mirror Online. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Lewisham Councillors Janet Daby and Alex Feis-Bryce stand down". Lewisham Labour Party. 20 March 2019. Retrieved 30 January 2020.
  6. ^ "Councillor Janet Daby". Lewisham Council. Retrieved 30 January 2020.
  7. ^ a b "Janet Daby: our candidate for Lewisham East". Labour in London. 21 May 2018. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  8. ^ Casalicchio, Emilio (19 May 2018). "Blow for Jeremy Corbyn as Janet Daby named Labour candidate for Lewisham East by-election". PoliticsHome. Dods Parliamentary Commmunications. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  9. ^ "Lewisham East by-election: Janet Daby chosen to stand for Labour". BBC News. 19 May 2018. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  10. ^ "Labour's Janet Daby wins Lewisham East in by-election". BBC News. 15 June 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2020.
  11. ^ https://www.janetdaby.org/news/2020/04/16/appointment-as-shadow-minister-for-faiths/

External links[edit]

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