|Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy|
|Assumed office |
9 February 2017
David Lidington (PMQs)
|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|
She has been Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy since February 2017.
Early life and career
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Long-Bailey has been tipped as a future party leader.
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
- 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