Marie Rimmer

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Marie Rimmer

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Shadow Minister for Disabled People
In office
1 February 2017 – 9 October 2017
LeaderJeremy Corbyn
ShadowingPenny Mordaunt
Preceded byDebbie Abrahams
Succeeded byMarsha de Cordova
Member of Parliament
for St Helens South and Whiston
Assumed office
8 May 2015
Preceded byShaun Woodward
Majority24,343 (46.0%)
Personal details
Born (1947-04-27) 27 April 1947 (age 72)
Political partyLabour

Marie Elizabeth Rimmer, CBE (born 27 April 1947) is a British Labour Party politician. She has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for St Helens South and Whiston since 8 May 2015.[1]


Before entering Parliament, Rimmer had served as a local councillor for over 30 years, including periods as leader of St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council.[2] She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2005 Birthday Honours for services to local government.[3]

In 2014, Rimmer was picked from an all-women shortlist as Labour's candidate in the 2015 general election to succeed Shaun Woodward as MP for St Helens South and Whiston.[2] Thirteen years prior, she was blocked from being shortlisted for the same seat ahead of the 2001 general election by Labour's national executive committee, amidst accusations of a "stitch-up" to parachute Woodward into the seat, as he was unlikely to win his Witney seat which he won in 1997 as a Conservative.[4]

On the day of the Scottish independence referendum in 2014, an incident at a polling station in Shettleston, Glasgow led to her arrest and being charged with assault.[5][6] Rimmer's case was later found not proven at Glasgow Sheriff Court in November 2016.[7]

She was elected as MP for St Helens South and Whiston in the 2015 general election with a majority of 21,243[8], and subsequently increased to 24,343 in the 2017 general election.

Rimmer was appointed Shadow Minister for Disabled People on 1 February 2017[9] but decided to step down from the role in October the same year.[10]


  1. ^ "St Helens South & Whiston". BBC News.
  2. ^ a b "Marie Rimmer: Former St Helens council leader to stand as MP". BBC News. 7 April 2014.
  3. ^ "No. 57665". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 June 2005. p. 8.
  4. ^ "Safe seat 'stitch-up'". 13 May 2001. Retrieved 15 November 2018.
  5. ^ Morris, Nigel; Cusick, James (18 September 2014). "Scottish independence: Historic day marred by isolated reports of intimidation, abuse and violence". The Independent. Retrieved 24 July 2015.
  6. ^ Staff writer (17 September 2015). "Labour MP Marie Rimmer charged with attacking a woman at a polling station on day of indyref". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 22 September 2015.
  7. ^ Staff writer (2 November 2016). "Labour MP Marie Rimmer on not proven verdict". BBC News. Retrieved 29 November 2016.
  8. ^ Belger, Tom (8 May 2015). "St Helens General Election results 2015: Veteran councillor and new kid on the block town's two new MPs". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  9. ^ Mulligan, Simon (1 February 2017). "Marie Rimmer MP named shadow minister for disabled people". St Helens Star. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  10. ^ Staff writer (9 October 2017). "Marsha de Cordova appointed shadow disabilities minister". LabourList. Retrieved 15 March 2018.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Shaun Woodward
Member of Parliament
for St Helens South and Whiston