Liz McInnes

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Liz McInnes

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Member of Parliament
for Heywood and Middleton
Assumed office
9 October 2014
Preceded byJim Dobbin
Majority7,617 (15.3%)
Personal details
Born (1959-03-30) 30 March 1959 (age 60)
Oldham, Lancashire, England
Political partyLabour
Alma materSt. Anne's College, Oxford University of Surrey

Elizabeth Anne McInnes (born 30 March 1959) is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament for Heywood and Middleton in Greater Manchester since being elected at the 2014 by-election caused by the death of the sitting MP, Jim Dobbin.[1]

Early life[edit]

Born in Oldham, Lancashire, McInnes was the fifth child in a family of eight children. Her father was a sheet metal worker who died when she was 14 years old. Her mother brought the family up single-handedly from then on, taking on various jobs including running the Owain Glyndwr public house in Corwen, North Wales, then the Duke of York in Heyside, Oldham. McInnes was educated at Hathershaw Comprehensive School. She studied biochemistry at St Anne's College at the University of Oxford and completed a master's degree at the University of Surrey. Since 1981 she has worked for the NHS in London, Sheffield, Manchester and Oldham and was employed as a senior biochemist at the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust until the by-election. She was Branch Secretary of the Pennine Acute Branch for the Unite Trades Union[2] and Chair of the National Health Sector Industrial Committee as well as a member of the Healthcare Science organising professional committee.[3] McInnes has been a Rossendale borough councillor for Longholme ward since 2010 where she was the health lead and the Chair of Overview and Scrutiny. She stood down from the Council after the by-election in 2014.[4][5]

In Parliament[edit]

In 2015, McInnes joined the Labour front bench, being appointed by new leader Jeremy Corbyn as Shadow Minister in the Department for Communities and Local Government team, joining Jon Trickett, Steve Reed, Lord Kennedy and Lord Beecham.[6] Emma Lewell-Buck joined the team later. She had backed Andy Burnham in the 2015 Leadership election.[7]

McInnes backed Corbyn in a vote of no confidence but afterwards resigned from her Shadow position, saying she felt the outcome of the vote - resoundingly against Corbyn - left her with no option but to stand down.[8] In August 2016, McInnes was named Parliamentarian of the Month by the road safety charity Brake for her campaigning work to obtain tougher sentences for those causing death and injury by dangerous driving.

In October 2016, she was re-appointed to Jeremy Corbyn's front bench as Shadow Foreign Minister.[9]


  1. ^ "Labour wins Middleton by-election, but UKIP slashes majority". BBC News. 9 October 2014. Retrieved 9 October 2014.
  2. ^ Staff writer (29 April 2013). "Union fury as G4S 'clean-up' at Pennine Acute". Rochdale online. Retrieved 10 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Healthcare Science organising professional committee". Unite the Union. Archived from the original on 16 October 2014. Retrieved 10 October 2014.
  4. ^ Williams, Jennifer (15 September 2014). "Lancashire councillor McInnes to stand as Labour candidate in Heywood and Middleton by-election". Manchester Evening News. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 10 October 2014.
  5. ^ Staff writer (22 September 2014). "Liz McInnes launches Heywood and Middleton by-election campaign". Rochdale online. Retrieved 10 October 2014.
  6. ^ McInnes, Liz (21 September 2015). "Liz joins Labour frontbench". Liz McInnes MP. Archived from the original on 25 September 2015. Retrieved 21 September 2015.
  7. ^ McInnes, Liz (9 July 2015). "Why I'm Backing Andy". Liz McInnes MP. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
  8. ^ "Labour MPs pass no-confidence motion in Jeremy Corbyn". BBC News. 28 June 2016. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
  9. ^ Fitzgerald, Todd (11 October 2016). "Another Greater Manchester MP returns to shadow cabinet". Manchester Evening News. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 17 October 2016.

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Jim Dobbin
Member of Parliament for Heywood and Middleton