Rebecca Long-Bailey

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Rebecca Long-Bailey

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Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Assumed office
9 February 2017
LeaderJeremy Corbyn
ShadowingGreg Clark
David Lidington (PMQs)
Andrea Leadsom
Preceded byClive Lewis
Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury
In office
27 June 2016 – 9 February 2017
LeaderJeremy Corbyn
ShadowingGreg Hands
David Gauke
Preceded bySeema Malhotra
Succeeded byPeter Dowd
Member of Parliament
for Salford and Eccles
Assumed office
8 May 2015
Preceded byHazel Blears
Majority19,132 (40.2%)
Personal details
Rebecca Long

(1979-09-22) 22 September 1979 (age 40)
Stretford, Greater Manchester, England
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)Steve Bailey
Alma materManchester Metropolitan
WebsiteOfficial website

Rebecca Long-Bailey (born 22 September 1979)[1] is a British Labour Party politician who was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Salford and Eccles at the 2015 general election.

She has been Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy since February 2017.

Early life and career[edit]

Rebecca Long-Bailey was born Rebecca Long in Old Trafford, Greater Manchester, to Irish parents on 22 September 1979.[2] Her father, Jimmy Long, was a Salford docker and a trade union representative at Shell, Barton Docks.[1] She attended Chester Catholic High School.[3]

She began her working life serving customers in a pawn shop, something 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 postal delivery before eventually studying to become a solicitor.[4]

She studied Politics and Sociology at Manchester Metropolitan University, then completed "various part-time law conversion and solicitors' courses."[5]

She was a solicitor at law firms Halliwells, Pinsent Masons and Hill Dickinson,[6] specialising in commercial law, commercial property, NHS contracts and NHS estates.[1]

Parliamentary career[edit]

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 the 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.[2]

She was elected with a 49.4% share of the vote[7] and re-elected in the 2017 general election with 65.5% of the votes cast.[8]

Long-Bailey was one of 36 Labour MPs to nominate Jeremy Corbyn as a candidate in the Labour leadership election of 2015.[9] After winning the leadership of the party, Corbyn replaced Hilary Benn on Labour's NEC with Long-Bailey.[10]

In June 2016, Long-Bailey was appointed as Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury after a number of resignations from the shadow cabinet necessitated a reshuffle.[11]

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.[12]

Long-Bailey has been tipped as a future party leader.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Long-Bailey is married and has a son.[5]


  1. ^ a b c Jamieson, Sophie (29 April 2015). "Female MPs: Parliament's future front bench stars". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  2. ^ a b Keeling, Neal (20 June 2014). "High-flying solicitor is in the running to stand for Hazel Blears seat". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Rebecca Long Bailey: Corbyn loyalist seen as heir apparent".
  4. ^ "About Me". Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  5. ^ a b Piasecka, Dominika (30 April 2015). "Working class woman transformed into fervent politician". Quays News. University of Salford. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  6. ^ Rose, Neil (27 June 2016). "Labour's legal leaders join Shadow Cabinet rebellion". legalfutures. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  7. ^ "Salford & Eccles". BBC News. 8 May 2015. Archived from the original on 30 December 2016. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  8. ^ "Salford & Eccles parliamentary constituency - Election 2017". BBC News. Archived from the original on 12 February 2019.
  9. ^ Fenton, Siobhan (15 June 2015). "Who nominated who for the 2015 Labour leadership election?". New Statesman. London. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  10. ^ Gibbon, Gary (27 September 2015). "Hilary Benn bumped off NEC as Trident debate looms (blog)". Gary Gibbon on Politics | Channel 4. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  11. ^ Staff writer (27 June 2016). "Jeremy Corbyn unveils new top team after resignations". BBC News. Retrieved 27 June 2016.
  12. ^ Corbyn, Jeremy [@jeremycorbyn] (9 February 2017). "I'm pleased to announce appointments to Labour's Shadow Cabinet @RLong_Bailey @SueHayman1 @Rees4Neath @Peter_Dowd" (Tweet) – via Twitter. .
  13. ^ "The battle to succeed Corbyn could soon be upon us and Long-Bailey retains her favourite position in the betting". 8 November 2019. Retrieved 9 November 2019.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Hazel Blears
Member of Parliament
for Salford and Eccles

Political offices
Preceded by
Seema Malhotra
Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury
Succeeded by
Peter Dowd
Preceded by
Clive Lewis
Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy