Lloyd Russell-Moyle

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Lloyd Russell-Moyle

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Member of Parliament
for Brighton Kemptown
Assumed office
8 June 2017
Preceded bySimon Kirby
Majority9,868 (20.0%)
Councillor for Brighton and Hove City Council
In office
4 August 2016 – 27 December 2017
WardEast Brighton
Preceded byMaggie Barredell
Succeeded byNancy Platts
Majority974 (38.0%)
Personal details
Lloyd Cameron Russell-Moyle

(1986-09-14) 14 September 1986 (age 32)
Brighton, England, UK
Political partyLabour Co-operative
Alma mater

Lloyd Cameron Russell-Moyle[1][2] (born 14 September 1986)[3] is a British Labour Co-operative politician who was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Brighton Kemptown in the 2017 general election.[4][5]

Early life and education[edit]

Russell-Moyle was born in Brighton[1] and educated at Wallands Primary School,[6] Priory School, Lewes,[7] Sussex Downs College,[8] the University of Bradford,[9] and the University of Sussex.[10] He worked at the National Youth Agency,[11] chairing The Woodcraft Folk[12] and as vice-president of the European Youth Forum based in Brussels.[13]

Political career[edit]

Russell-Moyle stood in the 2015 general election for the Lewes constituency, coming fourth.[7] Subsequently, he was elected and served as a councillor on Brighton and Hove City Council in August 2016, before standing for and being elected as MP for Brighton Kemptown in 2017, being one of eight LGBT people elected in that general election.[14]

On 10 December 2018, Russell-Moyle was suspended from the House of Commons for the remainder of the day's sitting after he seized the ceremonial mace in protest at the government's eleventh hour deferral of the vote on the EU Withdrawal Agreement, which had been scheduled for the following day.[15][16]

On 5 March 2019, Lloyd Russell-Moyle joined thirteen other Labour MPs on Westminster Bridge, next to the Houses of Parliament, in a protest against Brexit under the banner 'Love Socialism Hate Brexit'.[17] Russell-Moyle was one of two MPs to light red flares on the bridge, the use of the flares so close to Westminster drew the attention of uniformed police, who arrived by boat to inquire what was taking place.[17]

During Prime Minister's Questions, on 20 March 2019, Lloyd Russell-Moyle urged Prime Minister Theresa May to "condemn" Andrea Leadsom for the Cabinet Minister's comments on LGBT Education.[18] Leadsom had made comments on radio that parents should decide when their children are 'exposed' to LGBT education.[19] Leadsom's comments drew anger from many who felt, in Russell-Moyle's words, that "This is Conservative Party dog-whistle politics".[18] LLoyd Russell-Moyle also criticised the Prime Minister, pointing out that she had "campaigned to keep Section 28" which prevented the "promotion of homosexuality", which Russell-Moyle said had "led to millions of young people like myself growing in fear of being LGBT" [18]

Lloyd Russell-Moyle was assaulted on the streets of his constituency, on 21 March 2019, whilst out showing support for demonstrators leafleting for 'The People's March', a demonstration in support of the People's Vote campaign.[20][21][22] Russell-Moyle describes how an individual first began arguing with an ITV News crew suggesting that they were part of a 'mainstream media conspiracy to stop Brexit'.[22] Russell-Moyle then approached the scene and explained that he was an MP and that 'the majority of constituents had voted Remain', Lloyd describes that this information exacerbated the situation further with the individual describing MPs as 'traitors' and lunging at the MP.[21][22] The incident took place less than 24 hours after Prime Minister Theresa May gave a speech on Brexit in which she blamed MPs for deliberately delaying her attempt to ensure the UK leaves the EU by 29 March.[23]

All-Party Parliamentary Group on Youth Affairs[edit]

Lloyd Russell-Moyle acts as Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Youth Affairs[24]

The APPG launched an inquiry into 'the Role and Sufficiency of Youth Work' in May 2018.[25] Lloyd Russell-Moyle highlighted the relevance and importance of the inquiry stating, "Over the years youth work has borne the brunt of significant spending cuts. Recent events and reports suggest the loss of youth work has had a negative impact on young people and communities".[26] The inquiry came to several conclusions and recommendations:[27]

  1. Youth work is a distinct educational process which supports the personal and social development of young people. It needs to be recognised as such and we recommend it is better placed within the Department of Education
  2. As we enter the next Comprehensive Spending Review and an ‘end to austerity’ we wish to see greater investment and commitment to support for youth services. We recommend that Government undertakes a review of spending on youth services, beginning by reinstating the local authority audit previously funded by Government and carried out by the NYA.
  3. To secure investment there needs to be a greater understanding of the role of youth work and impact of youth services. We call on the statutory and voluntary sector to form a compact with young people for a clear policy statement and guidance which recognises the benefits of youth work.
  4. We welcome the Government's commitment to review the statutory duty and we call on the youth sector and other bodies to fully engage in the consultation on the statutory duty. We recommend clear guidance on what is sufficient provision under the duty.
  5. Just as a local authority no longer necessarily directly runs schools in its area, it nonetheless has to plan for sufficient school places. We recommend there is a lead role for the local authority to ensure access to sufficient, quality youth work provision in an area.
  6. Over the last decade, open-access or universal youth services have been especially hard hit, with the notable exception of the National Citizen Service, which provides a great experience for 16- and 17 year-olds but it is a time-limited programme and just one part of a broad youth offer to support year round provision that meets the needs of young people locally. We call for clear guidance and investment in a base-line for local youth services which also allows an ‘eco-system’ of youth work provision to flourish in a community.
  7. A coherent workforce strategy needs to be developed for the totality of the children's workforce and renewed national standards for youth work by 2020. We recommend all those supporting youth work adhere to national occupational standards and a curriculum for youth work training.
  8. With youth work recognised as ‘education’ in its open-access provision and in supporting vulnerable young people in its targeted provision, we recommend the reinstatement of the role of Ofsted as a driver for the quality of youth work and services.

Select Committees[edit]

Lloyd Russell-Moyle is a member of several Select Committees:[28]

Political views[edit]

Russell-Moyle has written in condemnation of the British government's policies on arms exports to countries such as Saudi Arabia for use in the conflict in Yemen.[29] He supports the establishment of supervised injection sites in his local constituency.[30] Russell-Moyle is a supporter of the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn.[31]

Russell-Moyle opposed the decision of prime minister Theresa May to postpone a vote on her Brexit agreement on 11 December 2018, saying he felt parliament had been denied a voice.[32]

Personal life[edit]

In November 2018, during a House of Commons debate to mark the 30th World AIDS Day,[33] Russell-Moyle revealed he had been diagnosed as HIV positive a decade earlier,[33][34] saying he wanted to tackle the stigma still associated with the condition and stating: "I have not only survived, I've prospered, and any partner I have is safe and protected",[35] making reference later in his speech to having an undetectable viral load, as well as discussing pre-exposure prophylaxis and public health policy.[34] In disclosing his HIV status in a Parliamentary speech, he became the first MP to do so in the chamber of the House of Commons and only the second person (after Chris Smith) to live openly with HIV as an MP.[33][34][35] He discussed the rationale for coming out as HIV positive and the social and health policy implications of HIV in the UK in an interview with Owen Jones, a week later.[36]


  1. ^ a b "findmypast.co.uk birth record". Findmypast. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  2. ^ "Lloyd Cameron RUSSELL MOYLE - Personal Appointments (free information from Companies House)". beta.companieshouse.gov.uk. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Lloyd Russell-Moyle - Candidate for Brighton, Kemptown in 2017 General Election". Democracy Club candidates. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Mr Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP - UK Parliament". www.parliament.uk. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  5. ^ Forster, Katie (9 June 2017). "Kemptown election result: Brighton seat swings from Tories to Labour Co-operative". The Independent. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  6. ^ Russell-Moyle, Lloyd Cameron. ukwhoswho.com. Who's Who. 2018 (February 2018 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 13 February 2018. (subscription or UK public library membership required)
  7. ^ a b "UK Polling Report Lewes 2015". UK Polling Report. 2015. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  8. ^ "Enthusiastic about Politics?". Sussex Downs College. 18 June 2014. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  9. ^ Vidal, John (9 August 2006). "Welcome to Woodie land". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  10. ^ "Sussex Law on Twitter: "Our new MPs #GE2017, including Sussex Law alumnus Lloyd Russell-Moyle"". Twitter. University of Sussex School of Law. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  11. ^ "The National Youth Agency: Four young trainers join The NYA activeinvolvement team". Children & Young People Now. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  12. ^ "When I camped with Corbyn - and what British politics can learn from the Woodcraft Folk - The i newspaper online iNews". inews.co.uk. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  13. ^ "European Youth Forum". youthforum.org. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  14. ^ le Duc, Frank (5 August 2016). "Labour holds East Brighton in by-election". Brighton and Hove News. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  15. ^ Buchan, Lizzy (10 December 2018). "Labour MP suspended from Commons for stealing ceremonial mace in protest at Brexit vote delay". The Independent.
  16. ^ Jackman, Josh (11 December 2018). "Gay MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle thrown out of Parliament for taking mace". PinkNews. Gay Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle was kicked out of Parliament after taking the ceremonial mace which the House of Commons needs to meet, vote, and pass bills.
  17. ^ a b Read, Jonathon (5 March 2019). "Love Socialism Hate Brexit protest held by Labour MPs in Westminster". The New European.
  18. ^ a b c "PM must 'condemn' Andrea Leadsom over LGBT education comments, says Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle". ITV news. 20 March 2019.
  19. ^ "Leadsom: Parents Should Choose When Kids Are "exposed" to LGBT Education". LBC. 20 March 2019.
  20. ^ "Lloyd Russell-Moyle on Twitter: I was out today in the street of Kemptown with @itvnews, a vast majority want to remain and have a final say vote on deal vs remain. Unfortunately at the end of the day a man came up and started shouting at the TV crew and me. Saying MPs are the problems & we are traitors."". twitter.com. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  21. ^ a b Walker, Jamie (21 March 2019). "Lloyd Russell-Moyle attacked in Brighton over Brexit". The Argus.
  22. ^ a b c Mee, Emily (21 March 2019). "Brexit: Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle attacked and called 'traitor'". Sky News.
  23. ^ Drury, Colin. "Lloyd Russell-Moyle: Labour MP blames Theresa May after he is attacked in Kemptown street". The Independent.
  24. ^ "Register Of All-Party Parliamentary Groups [as at 26 April 2018]".
  25. ^ "Youth Work Inquiry: Recommendations and Summary". October 2018.
  26. ^ "Youth Work Inquiry: Recommendations and Summary". October 2018. p. 4.
  27. ^ "Youth Work Inquiry: Recommendations and Summary". October 2018. pp. 17–19.
  28. ^ "Lloyd Russell-Moyle - Roles". UK Parliament. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  29. ^ Russell-Moyle, Lloyd (20 December 2017). "The arms trade isn't the post-Brexit future we're looking for". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  30. ^ "Lloyd Russell-Moyle backs the use of drug consumption rooms". The Latest Brighton. 30 January 2018. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  31. ^ Hendy, Arron (1 May 2017). "Corbynite 'in to win' Kemptown". The Argus. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  32. ^ "Lloyd Russell-Moyle: Grabbing mace was 'symbolic stunt'". BBC News Online. 11 December 2018. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  33. ^ a b c "Lloyd Russell-Moyle: MP announces in Commons he is HIV positive". BBC News Online. 29 November 2018. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  34. ^ a b c "HIV and World AIDS Day: 29 November 2018". TheyWorkForYou. 29 November 2018. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  35. ^ a b Walker, Peter (29 November 2018). "MP reveals he is HIV positive in attempt to tackle stigma". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  36. ^ Jones, Owen (5 December 2018). Owen Jones meets Lloyd Russell-Moyle — Why I came out as HIV positive. YouTube. Retrieved 6 December 2018.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Simon Kirby
Member of Parliament
for Brighton Kemptown