|Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy|
|Assumed office |
9 February 2017
|Preceded by||Clive Lewis|
|Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury|
27 June 2016 – 9 February 2017
|Preceded by||Seema Malhotra|
|Succeeded by||Peter Dowd|
|Member of Parliament|
for Salford and Eccles
|Assumed office |
8 May 2015
|Preceded by||Hazel Blears|
22 September 1979
Stretford, Greater Manchester, England
|Alma mater||Manchester Metropolitan|
Rebecca Long-Bailey (born 22 September 1979) is a British Labour Party politician who was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Salford and Eccles at the 2015 general election with a 49.4% share of the vote and re-elected in the 2017 general election with 65.5% of the votes cast.
She has been Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy since February 2017.
Rebecca Long-Bailey was born Rebecca Long in Old Trafford, Greater Manchester, to Irish parents on 22 September 1979. Her father, Jimmy Long, was a Salford docker and a trade union representative at Shell, Barton Docks. She attended Chester Catholic High School.
She began her working life serving at the shop counter of a pawn shop, an experience that she says "taught [her] more about the struggles of life than any degree or qualification ever could." She also worked in call centres, a furniture factory, and as a postwoman before eventually studying to become a solicitor.
When Hazel Blears decided to stand down at the 2015 election, Long-Bailey stood as a candidate for Salford and Eccles, and received the backing of Unite Union, Salford's elected mayor, Ian Stewart, and former Salford council leader John Merry, when the Labour Party decided to have a woman-only shortlist.
Long-Bailey was one of 36 Labour MPs to nominate Jeremy Corbyn as a candidate in the Labour leadership election of 2015. After winning the leadership of the party, Corbyn replaced Hilary Benn on Labour's NEC with Long-Bailey.
In June 2016, Long-Bailey was appointed as Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury after mass resignations from the shadow cabinet necessitated a reshuffle. Following Clive Lewis's resignation from the Shadow Cabinet on 8 February 2017 over Corbyn's whipping of the Article 50 vote, Long-Bailey was appointed as Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
As the shadow minister driving the climate agenda forward in the Labour Party, Long-Bailey told The Guardian in December 2018, “We have to tackle climate change in a really radical way, the evidence is crystal clear. But this is also a wonderful opportunity to invest in those towns and cities that have felt neglected for a very long time ... this has to be – and will be – a genuine transformation of the economy. (...) It is important for us to position ourselves as a party that is going to tackle climate change but turn that into an economic opportunity for the vast areas of this country that have seen decades of underinvestment and provide jobs for the future and provide that revitalisation that communities want to see.” 
Long-Bailey is married and has a son.
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- Official website
- Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
- Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 2010–present
- Voting record at Public Whip
- Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
| Member of Parliament
for Salford and Eccles
| Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury
| Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy