Louise Haigh

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Louise Haigh
Official portrait of Louise Haigh crop 2.jpg
Shadow Minister of State for Policing
Assumed office
3 July 2017
Leader Jeremy Corbyn
Preceded by Lyn Brown
Shadow Minister for Digital Economy
In office
10 October 2016 – 3 July 2017
Leader Jeremy Corbyn
Preceded by Chi Onwurah
Succeeded by Liam Byrne
Shadow Minister for Civil Service and Digital Reform
In office
18 September 2015 – 10 October 2016
Leader Jeremy Corbyn
Preceded by Office established
Succeeded by Steve Reed
Member of Parliament
for Sheffield Heeley
Assumed office
7 May 2015
Preceded by Meg Munn
Majority 13,828 (31.3%)
Personal details
Born Louise Margaret Haigh
(1987-07-22) 22 July 1987 (age 31)
Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England
Political party Labour
Alma mater University of Nottingham
Website Official website

Louise Margaret Haigh MP (born 22 July 1987) is a British Labour politician. She was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Sheffield Heeley at the May 2015 general election, and was the youngest Labour member of that parliament.[1]

Early life[edit]

Haigh grew up on Abbeydale Road, Sheffield, and now lives in Norfolk Park, Sheffield.[2] She was educated at Sheffield High School and studied politics at the University of Nottingham.[3] Her grandfather and uncle were trade union officials.[4]

After graduating, Haigh worked for the local council youth service between 2006 and 2008. She then began working in Parliament, where she was the co-ordinator of the All Party Parliamentary Group on International Corporate Responsibility.[4] During this time, she was also a Unite shop steward and volunteered as a Special Constable.[5]

From 2012, Haigh worked for Aviva as Public Policy Manager, responsible for corporate governance and responsible investment policy.[5][6][7]

Political career[edit]

Haigh was selected to stand for the Labour in Sheffield Heeley in May 2014,[8] and was elected to Parliament at the May 2015 general election.

Haigh was one of 36 Labour MPs to nominate Jeremy Corbyn as a candidate in the Labour leadership election of 2015.[9]

In September 2015, Haigh was appointed Shadow Minister for Civil Service and Digital Reform.[10][11] The role, newly expanded under Jeremy Corbyn,[12] covers the Government's digital strategy, the Freedom of Information Act, data security and privacy.[13] In this role, Haigh was critical of a 2016 reshuffle of Permanent Secretaries which saw two fewer women as departmental heads.[14] She opposed the closure of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills office in Sheffield City Centre, saying the decision demonstrated "contempt" for the city.[15]

On 10 October 2016, she was made Shadow Minister for the Digital Economy.[16] Haigh served in this role during the passage of the Digital Economy Act (2017) and introduced a number of amendments, including an obligation for television broadcasters to include subtitles and closed captioning in on-demand content online which was adopted by a subsequent Government amendment.[17] She has repeatedly raised concerns about child protection online, including calling for social media companies to recognise “that alongside their new-found power, they have responsibilities” in dealing with harmful and illegal content.[18]

She also called for compulsory online education alongside sex and relationships education in schools, citing an 800% increase in children contacting the NSPCC about online abuse.[19]

On 3 July 2017, she was made Shadow Policing Minister.[20] Haigh has called for greater protection for police officers involved in vehicle pursuits, saying the current rules are "hampering the ability of the police to apprehend very serious offenders".[21] In this role she has raised the issue of stress and mental health of officers, citing a 77% rise in officer leave due to mental health between 2014 and 2018.[22] She has called for a "public health approach" to reducing violent crime[23] and blamed the rise in crime on government spending cuts to both police and other public services.[24]

Haigh was declared the "most hard-working" new MP in February 2016 after a study of the activity of MPs elected in 2015.[25][26][27]

Haigh campaigned for the United Kingdom to remain a member of the European Union in the 2016 United Kingdom European Union membership referendum.[28] In the 2016 Labour leadership election, Haigh supported Owen Smith.[29]

Haigh was instrumental in revealing that hundreds of women had their tax credits stopped in error by US company Concentrix.[30] The revelation led to an announcement that their HMRC contract would not be renewed.[31] Panic alarms have been installed in Haigh's office and home by South Yorkshire Police after she received death threats for calling for a debate on the banning of Britain First, the far-right group. South Yorkshire Police have provided her with uniformed and undercover protection as she attends to her constituency activities.[32]

In November 2016 Haigh introduced a Private Members’ Bill calling for statutory leave from work for living organ donors, after a constituent complained of being given three days’ unpaid holiday after donating bone marrow.[33]

Haigh is a member of a number of All-Party Parliamentary Groups, including the APPGs on Corporate Governance, Refugees, Colombia and Looked After Children. In July 2017 she was elected Vice Chair of the APPG on State Pension Inequality.[34]


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  2. ^ "About Louise". 2015. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
  3. ^ Beardmore, Ellen (13 August 2014). "Sheffield Heeley candidate could be youngest MP". The Star. Sheffield. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
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  7. ^ "Towards an agreement on corporate sustainability reporting" (PDF). Aviva Investors. 2013. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
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  14. ^ "Louise Haigh interview: the shadow Cabinet Office minister on Jeremy Corbyn, Whitehall diversity – and why the Tories have "always understood" civil service reform | Civil Service World". www.civilserviceworld.com. Retrieved 2017-08-22.
  15. ^ "BIS Sheffield closure confirmed – full details and reaction from staff, unions and MPs | Civil Service World". www.civilserviceworld.com. Retrieved 2017-08-22.
  16. ^ Haigh, Louise (10 October 2016). "Louise appointed Shadow Minister for the Digital Economy - Louise Haigh, Labour Member of Parliament for Sheffield Heeley". Louisehaigh.org.uk. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  17. ^ "Digital Economy Bill will require on-demand programmes to include subtitles". www.cable.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-08-22.
  18. ^ Haigh, Louise. "It is time to make the internet giants meet their responsibility". Retrieved 2017-08-22.
  19. ^ "Why Our 'Smartphone Generation' Deserve Statutory Online Education". HuffPost UK. Retrieved 2017-08-22.
  20. ^ Haigh, Louise (3 July 2017). "Louise appointed Labour's Shadow Policing Minister". Louisehaigh.org.uk. Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  21. ^ Haigh, Louise (2017-08-04). "How can the police stop criminals on mopeds if they can't pursue them?". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-08-22.
  22. ^ "This Week Has Seen Policing Stretched To Its Limit - Time To Admit Cuts Have Cost Us Dear". HuffPost UK. 2018-07-13. Retrieved 2018-08-20.
  23. ^ "Louise Haigh MP on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-08-20.
  24. ^ "Rising Crime Nationwide – And In South Yorkshire - Louise Haigh". Louise Haigh. Retrieved 2018-08-20.
  25. ^ Leftly, Mark (20 February 2016). "Tory MP Royston Smith is least active among Parliament's new members". The Independent. London. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
  26. ^ "'Least active MP' Royston Smith defends record". BBC News. 22 February 2016. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
  27. ^ Proctor, Kate (25 February 2016). "Louise Haigh most hard-working of all new MPs". Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
  28. ^ Haigh, Louise (23 June 2016). "Vote Remain today: Sheffield is better off in the EU - Louise Haigh, Labour Member of Parliament for Sheffield Heeley". Louisehaigh.org.uk. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  29. ^ "Jeremy Corbyn has served Labour well. But Owen Smith is the leader we need". The Guardian. 21 July 2016. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  30. ^ "HMRC to axe tax credit checking firm Concentrix". Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  31. ^ Byrne, Paul (13 September 2016). "Concentrix to be stripped of HMRC contract over tax credits blunders". Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  32. ^ Pidd, Helen; Perraudin, Frances (15 December 2016). "Female MP received death threats for calling for ban on Britain First". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
  33. ^ "Organ Donors (Leave) - Hansard Online". hansard.parliament.uk. Retrieved 2017-08-22.
  34. ^ "Vice Chair of State Pension Inequality APPG". www.louisehaigh.org.uk. Retrieved 2017-08-22.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Meg Munn
Member of Parliament
for Sheffield Heeley