Tom Blenkinsop

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Tom Blenkinsop
Tom Blenkinsop MP at Park End Medical Centre.jpg
Tom Blenkinsop MP at the Park End Medical Centre in Middlesbrough
Member of Parliament
for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Ashok Kumar
Majority 2,248 (4.9%)
Personal details
Born (1980-08-14) 14 August 1980 (age 36)
Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, England
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Victoria Emtage
Residence Saltburn
Alma mater Teesside University
University of Warwick
Religion Roman Catholic[1]
Website Official website

Thomas Francis Blenkinsop[2] (born 14 August 1980) is a British Labour Party politician and Member of Parliament (MP) for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland.

Early life[edit]

Born in Middlesbrough,[3] Blenkinsop attended St Augustine's RC Primary School in Coulby Newham and Newlands School FCJ, before attending St Mary's Sixth Form College in Saltersgill. He attended Teesside University graduating with a BSc in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, and the University of Warwick, where he was awarded an MA in Continental philosophy.[citation needed]

Political career[edit]

Blenkinsop worked as a constituency researcher for Ashok Kumar, from 2002 until 2008, when he became a full-time regional official for the Community Trade Union, until his election to parliament.[4]

He stood as a candidate for the 2010 general election after the sudden death of Kumar, taking the seat with a 1,677 majority.[5]

He was appointed to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee 2010-2012, the Standards and Privileges Committee 2010-2011, and the Treasury Select Committee July 2011 - Nov 2011. He was a Labour Party whip 2011-2015.[6]

In 2011, he was made honorary president of Guisborough Town F.C. an amateur football club in his constituency.[7]

In 2016 a Labour Party member was suspended and investigated by the Police for allegedly threatening Blenkinsop who had called for the Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn to resign.[8]

Personal life[edit]

He has been married to Victoria Emtage since 2007.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Signature on petition by Catholic MPs to allow the ordination of married men,; accessed 9 May 2015.
  2. ^ The London Gazette: no. 59418. p. 8743. 13 May 2010.
  3. ^ "Who's Who". Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "Labour Party select Ashok Kumar replacement". Evening Gazette. 5 April 2010. 
  5. ^ "Middlesbrough South & Cleveland East". Election 2010. BBC. 7 May 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010. 
  6. ^ "Tom Blenkinsop". Retrieved 14 August 2016. 
  7. ^ Tom Blenkinsop website: Tom Blenkinsop "honoured and flattered" to be made President of Guisborough Town Football Club
  8. ^ "Corbyn critic MP Tom Blenkinsop in Twitter threat probe". BBC. 1 July 2016. Retrieved 14 August 2016. 

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Ashok Kumar
Member of Parliament
for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland