Seema Malhotra

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Seema Malhotra
MP
Ms Seema Malhotra MP.jpg
Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury
In office
13 September 2015 – 26 June 2016
Leader Jeremy Corbyn
Preceded by Shabana Mahmood
Succeeded by Rebecca Long-Bailey
Member of Parliament
for Feltham and Heston
Assumed office
15 December 2011
Preceded by Alan Keen
Majority 11,463 (23.2%)
Personal details
Born (1972-08-07) 7 August 1972 (age 43)
London, England
Political party Labour Co-operative
Alma mater University of Warwick
Website Official website

Seema Malhotra (born 7 August 1972)[1] is a British Labour and Co-operative Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Feltham and Heston since a by-election was held following the death of Alan Keen in 2011.[2][3][4]

Early career[edit]

Of Indian descent,[5] Malhotra is a former management consultant who worked for Accenture and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.[6] She founded the Fabian Women's Network and was a previous National Chair of the Young Fabians.[7]

While Labour was in government before 2010 she worked as an adviser to Liam Byrne and Ian Austin when they were regional ministers for the West Midlands. Following Gordon Brown's resignation as Labour leader in the wake of the 2010 general election she was the special adviser to Harriet Harman during her tenure as Leader of the Labour Party.[6]

Parliamentary career[edit]

Malholtra entered Parliament in December 2011 after securing a majority of 6,203 in the Feltham and Heston by-election.[6]

In August 2014, Ed Miliband appointed Malhotra to the newly created role of Shadow Minister for Preventing Violence Against Women and Girls.[8] The role within Labour's Home Affairs team made her responsible for championing the causes of victims of rape, sexual assault and domestic violence as well as female genital mutilation, forced marriage and prostitution and trafficking.

On 13 September 2015, Malhotra was appointed Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury in Jeremy Corbyn's shadow cabinet. On 26 June 2016 Malhotra resigned from the shadow cabinet over Jeremy Corbyn's leadership, along with many other shadow ministers.[9][10]

Personal life[edit]

Malhotra is married to management consultant and financier Sushil Kumar Saluja, who is Accenture’s Senior Managing Director for Financial Services in Europe, Africa, Middle East and Latin America, and serves on the board of TheCityUK which is an industry body that promotes financial services in the UK.[5][11] They live in Chelsea, London.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Democracy Live: Your representatives: Seema Malhotra". BBC News. Retrieved 21 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Labour wins Feltham and Heston by-election". BBC News (BBC). 16 December 2011. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "By-election 2011". London Borough of Hounslow. Retrieved 28 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Waugh, Paul (23 November 2011). "Winter by-election". Politics Home (The Waugh Room). Retrieved 28 November 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c Amit Roy (17 December 2011). "Indian lady in House of Commons". The Telegraph (Calcutta). Retrieved 25 July 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c Watt, Nicholas (16 December 2011). "Feltham and Heston byelection: Labour wins, but turnout tumbles | Politics". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  7. ^ "The Committee". Fabian Women's Network. Retrieved 16 December 2011. She is the founder and Director of the Fabian Women's Network. [...] 
  8. ^ Sparrow, Andrew (25 August 2014). "Labour appoints shadow minister to tackle violence against women and girls". Guardian. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
  9. ^ Brexit triggers Labour crisis, The Guardian, retrieved 26 June 2016 
  10. ^ "Who's staying and who's going in the shadow cabinet?". BBC. 27 June 2016. Retrieved 28 June 2016. 
  11. ^ "Sushil Saluja". Accenture. Retrieved 25 July 2016. 

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Eric Joyce
Chair of the Fabian Society
2005–2006
Succeeded by
Ed Balls
Preceded by
Jessica Asato
Chair of the Fabian Society
2014–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Howard Dawber
Chair of the Young Fabians
1999–2000
Succeeded by
Mari Williams
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Alan Keen
Member of Parliament
for Feltham and Heston

2011–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Shabana Mahmood
Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury
2015–2016
Succeeded by
Rebecca Long-Bailey