Rosie Duffield

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Rosie Duffield

Official portrait of Rosie Duffield crop 2.jpg
Member of Parliament
for Canterbury
Assumed office
8 June 2017
Preceded byJulian Brazier
Majority187 (0.3%) [1]
Personal details
Born (1971-07-01) 1 July 1971 (age 47)
London, England, UK
Political partyLabour

Rosemary Clare Duffield[2] (born 1 July 1971) is a British Labour Party politician. She has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Canterbury since the general election in June 2017.[3]

Early life[edit]

Duffield was born in London, left school at the age of 16,[4] and worked as a teaching assistant[5] before becoming a full-time writer.[6] She is a single mother of two children and had lived in Canterbury for 19 years before standing for election as the city's MP.[7] She was previously Chair of the Canterbury Labour Party and has been an active campaigner for a range of issues, including animal rights and environmental protection.[8]


Duffield was elected to parliament in 2017, defeating Sir Julian Brazier with a majority of 187.[1] She is the first non-Conservative Member of Parliament to represent Canterbury since its reformulation as a single-member constituency in 1885 (as the MP serving from 1910 until 1918, Francis Bennett-Goldney, was an Independent Unionist) and became the first Labour MP to represent the constituency. At the time of the 2017 General Election, Canterbury had been the longest-held constituency of the seventy-one taken, five years longer-held than Mansfield which swung to the Conservative candidate.[9]

On 13 June 2018, Duffield resigned her position as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Dawn Butler, then Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, along with five other Labour MPs resigning various Labour Party roles in protest at Labour's Brexit position. Leader Jeremy Corbyn had instructed his MPs to abstain from a vote by which Britain would remain in the single market by joining the European Economic Area (EEA). The MPs resigned and voted in favour of the EEA.[10][11]


Duffield was criticised for campaigning, during her first election, against grammar schools at the same time as sending her children to local grammar schools.[12]

In October 2017, Duffield apologised to the Canterbury LGBT community for accepting a £500 payment to appear on Russian state-owned broadcaster "RT", amid a deteriorating climate for LGBT citizens in Russia.[13]

Following her attendance at an antisemitism rally in March 2018, a letter was circulated accusing Duffield of being involved with "groups and organisations that are campaigning to damage" the Labour Party. A motion to censure her for this was withdrawn in an overwhelming vote at the Constituency Labour Party.[14]

In August 2018, Duffield attracted national media attention after branding a Japanese-themed cocktail bar named 'Tokyo Tea Rooms' in her constituency "culturally insensitive".[15] In a post on her official Facebook page, Duffield said the bar had "crossed the line from cultural appreciation to cultural appropriation" on its opening night.[16][17]


  1. ^ a b "Election 2017: Canterbury parliamentary constituency". BBC News. 9 June 2017. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  2. ^ "No. 61961". The London Gazette. 19 June 2017. p. 11783.
  3. ^ "Rosie Duffield MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  4. ^ Jackson, Matthew (9 June 2017). "How Rosie Duffield went from early school leaver to Canterbury's first Labour MP". KentLive. Archived from the original on 10 June 2017. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  5. ^ Duffield, Rosemary Clare. Who's Who. 2018 (February 2018 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 13 February 2018. (subscription or UK public library membership required)
  6. ^ Claridge, Alex (9 June 2017). "Labour's Rosie Duffield makes history in Canterbury - but who is she?". KentOnline.
  7. ^ Grierson, Jamie (9 June 2017). "Canterbury tale: single mum becomes town's first ever Labour MP". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  8. ^ Castle, Vicky (9 June 2017). "Who is Rosie Duffield? Meet the Labour MP who has made history". KentLive. Archived from the original on 9 June 2017. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  9. ^ "Election Results 2017: Canterbury won by Labour for first time". BBC News. 9 June 2017. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  10. ^ Culbertson, Alix (14 June 2018). "Six Labour MPs quit frontbench roles over key Brexit vote". Sky News. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  11. ^ Morris, Nigel (13 June 2018). "Six Labour frontbenchers resign in protest at Labour's Brexit position". i News. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  12. ^ Swinford, Steven. "New Labour MP who stood on anti-grammar school platform during election sent her children to one". The Telegraph. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  13. ^ Walker, Joe (27 October 2017). "Russia Today appearance sparks apology from Canterbury Labour MP Rosie Duffield". Kent Online. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  14. ^ Bartlett, Nicola (10 September 2018). "Labour members ditch vote to 'censure' MP for going to demo against antisemitism". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 24 January 2019. Members have accused her of involving herself with "groups and organisations that are campaigning to damage" the Labour Party
  15. ^ "Canterburys newest nightclub Tokyo Tea Rooms accused of cultural appropriation". InQuire Media. 22 August 2018. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  16. ^ "Japan-themed bar 'culturally insensitive'". BBC News. 24 August 2018. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  17. ^ "Labour MP backs boycott of 'fake' Japanese cocktail bar in Canterbury". The Sun. 24 August 2018. Retrieved 24 August 2018.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Julian Brazier
Member of Parliament for Canterbury