Lisa Forbes (politician)

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Lisa Forbes

Member of Parliament
for Peterborough
Assumed office
7 June 2019
Preceded byFiona Onasanya
Majority683 (2.0%)
Personal details
Born
Lisa Jane Forbes

(1969-07-28) 28 July 1969 (age 50)
Political partyLabour
Children4

Lisa Jane Forbes (born 28 July 1969) is a British Labour Party politician who has served as the Member of Parliament for Peterborough since the 2019 by-election.[1]

Early career[edit]

Prior to being elected as an MP, Forbes was an official in Unite the Union. She was elected as a Labour councillor for Orton Longueville ward on Peterborough City Council in 2012, standing down in 2016 to focus on her parliamentary candidacy.[2][3]

She was the Labour candidate for Peterborough at the 2015 General Election, reducing the Conservative majority by over half, but chose not to stand in the 2017 election at which Fiona Onasanya won the seat for Labour.[4] After Onasanya's removal by means of a recall petition, Forbes was selected to contest the seat again in the ensuing by-election.[5]

2019 by-election campaign[edit]

Forbes ran on a platform of seeking to invest more into local schools,[6] revitalise the local police force and combat illegal dumping.[7]

During the campaign, Forbes was reported to have commented favourably on a long Facebook thread in 2014 and liked a posted video in 2019, both of which included alleged antisemitic tropes about Israeli government activities. Forbes apologised, saying she had not noticed the specific contentious phrases.[8][9][10] Nevertheless, Jewish communal organisations called on Labour to disown her.[11][12][13] Forbes was defended by Jewish author David Rosenberg, who said "for those of us who have been confronting anti-semitism in Britain for decades, it is galling to see it being used as a factional weapon",[13] while Jeremy Corbyn said, after Forbes' election, that she was "not a racist in any way".[14] After the election, Forbes arranged to meet Jewish groups to apologise in person and learn more about the issues affecting British Jews.[15]

Election[edit]

Forbes was elected MP for Peterborough on 7 June 2019 with a majority of 683 over the Brexit Party, which had been expected to win the seat.[16][17]

Personal life[edit]

Forbes has lived in the constiuency for 30 years. She has four children.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Peterborough by-election: Labour beats Brexit Party to hold seat". BBC News. 7 June 2019. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  2. ^ "Labour's Lisa Forbes not standing for Peterborough City Council re-election but targets return contest with Stewart Jackson". Peterborough Telegraph. 14 March 2016. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Results of previous elections". Peterborough City Council. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  4. ^ Lamy, Joel (14 February 2019). "Labour shortlists two candidates to stand in Peterborough election". Peterborough Telegraph. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  5. ^ Rodgers, Sienna (21 February 2019). "Labour selects Lisa Forbes to replace Fiona Onasanya in Peterborough". LabourList. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
  6. ^ "Peterborough by-election: Fifteen candidates set out views". BBC News. 26 May 2019. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
  7. ^ Leishman, Fiona (7 June 2019). "Lisa Forbes: Who is the new Labour MP for Peterborough?". CambridgeshireLive. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  8. ^ Buchan, Lizzy (2 June 2019). "Labour urged to disown by-election candidate who endorsed antisemitic Facebook post". The Independent. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  9. ^ "New Labour MP Lisa Forbes sorry amid antisemitism row". Sky News. 7 June 2019. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  10. ^ Lamy, Joel (3 June 2019). "Peterborough Labour by-election candidate 'active in Israel hate group'". Peterborough Telegraph. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  11. ^ "Joint statement on Labour's Peterborough election candidate Lisa Forbes" (Press release). Board of Deputies of British Jews, Jewish Leadership Council and Community Security Trust. 2 June 2019. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  12. ^ Harpin, Lee (3 June 2019). "Labour's Peterborough candidate signed letter opposing IHRA antisemitism definition". The Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  13. ^ a b "Factional attacks on Lisa Forbes 'galling,' says Jewish Labour member". Morning Star. 7 June 2019. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  14. ^ Gayle, Damien (8 June 2019). "Jeremy Corbyn: new Labour MP Lisa Forbes 'not a racist in any way'". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  15. ^ "New Labour MP Lisa Forbes to meet Jewish groups after she apologises for 'the hurt' she caused". The Jewish Chronicle. 17 June 2019. Retrieved 24 June 2019.
  16. ^ "Labour sees off Brexit Party in by-election". BBC News. 7 June 2019. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  17. ^ "Can the Brexit Party win the Peterborough by-election?". The Week. 6 June 2019. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  18. ^ Lamy, Joel (20 February 2019). "New Peterborough Labour parliamentary candidate wants to 'challenge huge police and school cuts'". Peterborough Telegraph. Retrieved 7 June 2019.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Fiona Onasanya
Member of Parliament for Peterborough
2019–present
Incumbent