Lloyd Russell-Moyle

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Lloyd Russell-Moyle

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Russell-Moyle in 2019
Shadow Minister for Natural Environment and Air Quality
In office
9 April 2020 – 16 July 2020
LeaderKeir Starmer
Preceded byAlan Whitehead
Shadow Minister for East Asia, Pacific, Americas and the Overseas Territories
In office
13 January 2020 – 9 April 2020
LeaderJeremy Corbyn
Preceded byHelen Goodman
Succeeded byStephen Kinnock (Asia & Pacific)
Catherine West (Americas)
Member of Parliament
for Brighton Kemptown
Assumed office
8 June 2017
Preceded bySimon Kirby
Majority8,061 (16.6%)
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 33)
Brighton, England
Political partyLabour Co-op
Other political
Socialist Campaign Group
EducationLewes Priory School
Sussex Downs College
Alma materUniversity of Bradford
University of Sussex

Lloyd Cameron Russell-Moyle[1] FRSA (born 14 September 1986) is a British Labour Co-operative politician who was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Brighton Kemptown in the 2017 general election.[2][3] He retained his seat in the 2019 general election.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Russell-Moyle was born on 14 September 1986 in Brighton, England.[5] He was educated at Wallands Primary School,[6] Priory School, Lewes,[7] and Sussex Downs College.[8] He studied at 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 in 2015

Russell-Moyle stood in the 2015 general election for the Lewes constituency, coming fourth.[7] 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.[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 a number of MPs to light red flares on the bridge. The use of 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, 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] 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]

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", he describes that this information exacerbated the situation further with the individual describing MPs as "traitors" and lunging at him.[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 left the EU by 29 March.[23]

In June 2019, Russell-Moyle was criticised by the Board of Deputies for hosting a Stop the War coalition meeting in Parliament to which a representative of the Yemeni Houthi group, Ahmed Alshami, had been invited.[24][25] The Board's Vice President stated that "hosting an organisation in the Houses of Parliament whose official slogan includes the phrase ‘death to Israel, curse the Jews’ is utterly unacceptable. Lloyd Russell-Moyle should immediately disavow his support for this event".[26] Russell-Moyle described Alshami as "part of the delegation to the UN process...I support efforts to bring peace to Yemen, encouraging dialogue with people on all sides, however much I disagree with Mr Alshami [sic] views".[25] Russell-Moyle later made his offer to host the meeting conditional on the non-participation of Alshami.[27]

Russell-Moyle was Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Youth Affairs. The Group launched an inquiry into "the Role and Sufficiency of Youth Work" in May 2018.[28][29] 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".[30]

He was a member of several Select Committees during the 2017-2019 Parliament:[31]

On 12 December 2019 Russell-Moyle was re-elected as a Labour MP to his Brighton Kemptown constituency. His speech on the night, which included an undertaking to "fight [the Tories] in ...the Parliament...the courts...the workplaces...the streets", aroused comment in the press and on social media. In December 2019, Russell-Moyle sparked controversy when he labelled anti-Corbyn Labour MPs as “cunts” during an exchange on social media with a colleague, which was leaked to The Sun.[32] [4][33][34][35]

Russell-Moyle was appointed Shadow Foreign Minister in January 2020 and took responsibility for the Americas and Caribbean, East Asia and the Pacific and the Overseas Territories. [36] Upon the election of Keir Starmer as party leader, he was appointed as Shadow Minister for Natural Environment and Air Quality.[37]

In April 2020, Russell-Moyle was reported to have shared an unredacted version of a Labour Party dossier into the handling of antisemitism, which contained the names and details of whistle-blowers.[38]

In June 2020, he issued an apology[39][40] after writing an article for Tribune in which he accused J. K. Rowling of using her experience of domestic abuse and sexual assault to justify discrimination against transgender people.[41][42]

On 16 July 2020, Russell-Moyle resigned from his frontbench role, citing a "campaign by the right-wing media" which he believes led to him and his staff receiving targeted abuse.[43]


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.[44] He supports the establishment of supervised injection sites in his constituency.[45] Russell-Moyle was a supporter of the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn.[46]

Personal life[edit]

In November 2018, during a House of Commons debate to mark the 30th World AIDS Day,[47] Russell-Moyle revealed he had been diagnosed as HIV positive a decade earlier,[47][48] 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",[49] making reference later in his speech to having an undetectable viral load, as well as discussing pre-exposure prophylaxis and public health policy.[48] 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.[47][48][49]

On 18 March 2020, Russell-Moyle announced that he had tested positive for Coronavirus disease 2019, becoming the third MP to be diagnosed with the disease.[50]

Russell-Moyle is an honorary associate of the National Secular Society.[51]


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  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.
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  30. ^ "Youth Work Inquiry: Recommendations and Summary". October 2018. p. 4.
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  36. ^ https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2020-01-13/debates/3C015023-C583-4D04-91DC-77AFC1994182/BritainInTheWorld?highlight=lloyd%20russell-moyle#contribution-9B00C93E-444F-42FD-B669-D73DEA60493A
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  38. ^ Harpin, Lee (14 April 2020). "New Labour shadow minister condemned for sharing unredacted version of antisemitism report". Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  39. ^ Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP [@@lloyd_rm] (28 June 2020). "I want to apologies unreservedly about the comments in the article that I wrote last week in Tribune regarding Trans rights in which I mention J.K. Rowling. J.K. Rowling's first disclosures of domestic abuse and sexual assault in her recent article on Trans issues.. 1/2" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  40. ^ Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP [@@lloyd_rm] (28 June 2020). "...were heartfelt and must have been hard to say. Whilst I may disagree with some of her analysis on trans rights, it was wrong of me to suggest that she used her own dreadful experience in anything other than good faith. I have asked Tribune to remove the line in question. 2/2" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  41. ^ Woodcock, Andrew (28 June 2020). "Lloyd Russell-Moyle: Labour MP apologises after accusing JK Rowling of using her history of abuse in transgender row". The Independent.
  42. ^ "Rebecca Long-Bailey: Ed Miliband says Labour left-wingers are not facing 'purge'". BBC News. 28 June 2020.
  43. ^ "Labour MP quits frontbench post citing 'media campaign'". BBC News. 16 July 2020. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  44. ^ 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.
  45. ^ "Lloyd Russell-Moyle backs the use of drug consumption rooms". The Latest Brighton. 30 January 2018. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
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  50. ^ "Coronavirus: MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle tests positive for Covid-19". BBC News. 18 March 2020. Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  51. ^ "National Secular Society Honorary Associates". National Secular Society. Retrieved 27 July 2019

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