Seema Malhotra

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Seema Malhotra
Ms Seema Malhotra MP.jpg
Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury
Assumed office
13 September 2015
Leader Jeremy Corbyn
Preceded by Shabana Mahmood
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 for 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 she was given, by Ed Miliband, 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.

Personal life[edit]

Malhotra is married to management consultant and financier Sushil Kumar Saluja.


  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. ^
  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 December 16, 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. 

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Eric Joyce
Chair of the Fabian Society
Succeeded by
Ed Balls
Preceded by
Jessica Asato
Chair of the Fabian Society
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Alan Keen
Member of Parliament
for Feltham and Heston

Political offices
Preceded by
Shabana Mahmood
Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury