Madeleine Moon

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Madeleine Moon
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Official portrait, 2017
President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly
In office
19 November 2018 – 16 December 2019
Preceded byRasa Juknevičienė
Succeeded byAttila Mesterházy
Member of Parliament
for Bridgend
In office
5 May 2005 – 6 November 2019
Preceded byWin Griffiths
Succeeded byJamie Wallis
Personal details
Born (1950-03-27) 27 March 1950 (age 73)
Sunderland, County Durham, England
Political partyLabour
Steve Moon
(m. 1983; died 2015)
ChildrenDr David Moon
Alma materKeele University
ProfessionSocial worker

Madeleine Moon (born 27 March 1950) is a British Labour Party politician, who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bridgend from 2005 to 2019, when she lost her seat to the Welsh Conservative candidate Jamie Wallis.

Early life[edit]

Born in North East England, Madeleine attended Whinney Hill Secondary Modern Girls' School (now part of Durham Johnston Comprehensive School) then Durham Girls' Grammar School (became the sixth form of Durham Gilesgate Sports College and Sixth Form Centre). She went to Madeley College of Education (later part of North Staffordshire Polytechnic), gaining a Cert Ed in 1971, then Keele University, where she gained a BEd in 1972. From University College, Cardiff she gained a CQSW and Diploma in Social Work (DipSW) in 1980.[1]

She worked in social services for Mid Glamorgan County Council from 1980 to 1996, then for Swansea Council from 1996 to 2002.

She launched Crossroads (a charity that supports carers) in Porthcawl. She represented Bridgend Council on the Sports Council for Wales, on Tourism South and West Wales and was National Chair of the British Resorts Association from 1999 to 2001.

Parliamentary career[edit]

Moon has lived and worked around Bridgend for over 29 years, is a former mayor of Porthcawl and was a councillor for Porthcawl for 13 years. She was elected MP for the Bridgend constituency at the 2005 general election.

Madeleine Moon was Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Lord Drayson, Minister for Science in the Department for Science, Innovation and Skills.

In 2007 and 2008, Moon received a higher public profile due to an increased number of suicides of young people in her constituency. She agreed with South Wales Police that the suicides are not connected but has been critical of media coverage.[2]

Madeleine Moon has written and spoken extensively on prison reform and policing. In 2014 she called for the armed forces to overhaul their policies on investigating bullying.[3]

She supported Owen Smith in the failed attempt to replace Jeremy Corbyn in the 2016 Labour leadership election.[4]

In November 2018 she was elected in Halifax, Nova Scotia as President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. She also became a member of the UK Delegation to the Assembly in 2010.[5][6]

She stood in the 2019 general election but lost her seat to Conservative Jamie Wallis.[7]


The Daily Telegraph, which extensively covered MPs' expenses during the United Kingdom parliamentary expenses scandal, reported that Moon had claimed for furniture items bought near her primary residence in Wales; claims are allowed for her second home in London but not for her primary residence in Wales. She said that the furniture, though bought in Wales, was indeed for her second home in London.[8]

Personal life[edit]

She married the ecologist Steve Moon in 1983 in Ogwr, Mid Glamorgan; the couple had one son David, born in May 1984. Her husband died in March 2015.[9]


  1. ^ Waller, Robert; Criddle, Byron (2007). The Almanac of British Politics. ISBN 9780415378246. Retrieved 12 February 2009.
  2. ^ Sweney, Mark (7 February 2008). "MP attacks Bridgend coverage". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 7 August 2009.
  3. ^ "Armed services bullying action call by MP Madeleine Moon". BBC. 3 February 2014. Archived from the original on 11 March 2014. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  4. ^ "Full list of MPs and MEPs backing challenger Owen Smith". LabourList. 21 July 2016. Archived from the original on 15 July 2019. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  5. ^ "President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly". Archived from the original on 19 November 2017. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  6. ^ "UK MP Madeleine Moon elected President of NATO Parliamentary Assembly". Parliament website. 19 November 2018. Archived from the original on 26 September 2019. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
  7. ^ "Blow to Labour as seat goes blue after 32 years". 13 December 2019. Archived from the original on 13 December 2019. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  8. ^ Prince, Rosa (18 May 2009). "Madeleine Moon shopped in Wales 'for London flat': MPs expenses". The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 2 February 2011. Retrieved 31 October 2011.
  9. ^ Lewis, Carys (1 April 2015). "'Remember the passionate environmentalist, the man with a twinkle in his eye...' Madeleine Moon pays moving tribute to husband Steve". Wales Online. Archived from the original on 1 January 2016. Retrieved 11 February 2016.

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