|Shadow Minister for Business and Consumers|
|Assumed office |
14 May 2021
|Preceded by||Lucy Powell|
|Shadow Minister for Employment|
9 April 2020 – 14 May 2021
|Preceded by||Mike Amesbury|
|Succeeded by||Andy McDonald|
|Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury|
13 September 2015 – 26 June 2016
|Preceded by||Shabana Mahmood|
|Succeeded by||Rebecca Long-Bailey|
|Shadow Minister for Preventing Violence Against Women and Girls|
24 August 2014 – 13 September 2015
Harriet Harman (Acting)
|Preceded by||Position established|
|Succeeded by||Sarah Champion|
|Member of Parliament|
for Feltham and Heston
|Assumed office |
15 December 2011
|Preceded by||Alan Keen|
|Born||7 August 1972|
Hammersmith, London, England
|Political party||Labour Co-operative|
|Alma mater||University of Warwick|
Seema Malhotra (born 7 August 1972) is a British Labour and Co-operative Party politician serving as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Feltham and Heston since 2011. She has served as the Shadow Minister for Business and Consumers since 2021, and previously sat on the opposition front bench as the Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Shadow Minister for Employment and a shadow Home Office minister.
One of five children of Sushil Kumar Malhotra (1941–2014), of Osterley, a shop owner, formerly a financial adviser and an engineer, and his wife Usha, she was educated at schools in the London Borough of Hounslow, studied politics and philosophy at the University of Warwick and took a postgraduate degree in business and information studies at Aston University.
Of Indian Hindu descent, Malhotra is a former management consultant who worked for Accenture and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. She founded the Fabian Women's Network, and was a previous National Chair of the Young Fabians.
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.
In August 2014, Ed Miliband appointed Malhotra to the newly created role of Shadow Minister for Preventing Violence Against Women and Girls. The role earmarked Malhotra to be among Labour's Home Office ministers if the party became elected to power. In this she took up identifying problems, finding solutions and reviewing funding decisions as to crime prevention, prosecution and victim support in cases of rape, sexual assault, domestic violence, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, 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 the leadership, along with dozens of other shadow ministers. She supported Owen Smith in his failed bid to replace Corbyn in the 2016 Labour Party (UK) leadership election.
Following her resignation, Malhotra formally complained to the Speaker of the House of Commons about aides to Corbyn and McDonnell gaining unauthorised access to her office after her resignation and "harassment" of her staff. John McDonnell's explanation was that the office was a shadow Treasury team office which Malhotra was moving out of, and his office manager who was a key holder, after seeing boxes outside, went in to check if it was now empty. After an investigation, the Speaker concluded there was no information which justified regarding the events as a possible breach of Parliamentary privilege.
Malhotra voted in the successful yes ('Aye') lobby in a key House of Commons division of 25 June 2018 as to the National Policy Statement: Airports which laid out government support for a third runway, and was not among the 28 of 46 London Labour MPs opposing the runway. During the related debate she said:
"A majority in my constituency is in favour of expansion — every poll in recent years has shown that, and it is generally in the ballpark of 2:1. Tens of thousands of my constituents work, or have worked, at the airport. London’s first airport was in my constituency, in what is now Hanworth Air Park... Today it is a disgrace that we are unfortunately being asked to vote before we have all the information, including sight of new flight paths and analysis of how people will be affected. If the Government get support for the NPS tonight, it will be for them to hold true to their word that the development consent will not be given unless detailed proposals show how environmental impacts will be mitigated in line with legal obligations, and all other commitments adhered to."[non-primary source needed]
Following Keir Starmer's election as Labour leader in April 2020, Malhotra returned to the front bench as the Shadow Minister for Employment in the shadow work and pensions team. She was appointed as the Shadow Minister for Business and Consumers in the minor May 2021 reshuffle, succeeding Lucy Powell in the role.
Malhotra is married to management consultant and financier Sushil Kumar Saluja, who was 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. They live in Chelsea, London. Prior to serving as an MP, it was reported that Malhotra used the name 'Malhotra-Suma'; the 2017 Election poll results state her name to be 'Seema Malhotra-Saluja (known as Seema Malhotra)'.
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