Tonia Antoniazzi

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Tonia Antoniazzi

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Member of Parliament
for Gower
Assumed office
8 June 2017
Preceded byByron Davies
Majority3,269 (7.2%)
Personal details
Born (1971-10-05) 5 October 1971 (age 47)
Llanelli, Wales, UK
Political partyLabour
Alma materUniversity of Exeter

Antonia Louise Antoniazzi[1] (born 5 October 1971[2]) is a British Labour Party politician. She was elected as the MP for Gower in 2017.[3][4][5]

Early life[edit]

Antoniazzi was born and raised in Llanelli by a Welsh mother and a Welsh Italian father. She attended St John Lloyd Catholic Comprehensive School[6] and Gorseinon College. After studying French and Italian at Exeter University, she gained a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from Cardiff University. Previously head of languages at Bryngwyn Comprehensive School in Llanelli,[7]

Antoniazzi is also a former Wales women's international rugby player.[6]

Parliamentary career[edit]

Antoniazzi contested the regional seat of Mid and West Wales in the 2016 National Assembly for Wales election. She then stood for parliament at the 2017 general election for the Gower constituency, which was held at the time by the Conservative's Byron Davies with a 27-vote majority, making it the UK's most marginal seat. She was successful, turning the seat Labour by gaining a 3,269 majority. On her election, she stated that she intended to be a strong constituency MP, and that "Gower is and always will be my first priority".[8]

Antoniazzi delivered her maiden speech on Thursday 29 June 2017. In her speech she outlined how Italian immigration had shaped cafe culture in Wales and the UK [9]

On 13 June 2018, Antoniazzi and five other Labour MPs resigned their roles as frontbenchers for the Labour Party in protest at Labour's Brexit position. Leader Jeremy Corbyn had instructed his MPs to abstain in a vote 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]

In the series of Parliamentary votes on Brexit in March 2019, Antoniazzi voted against the Labour Party whip and in favour of an amendment tabled by members of The Independent Group for a second public vote.[12]


  1. ^ Antoniazzi, Antonia Louise. Who's Who. 2018 (February 2018 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 14 February 2018. (subscription or UK public library membership required)
  2. ^ "Tonia Antoniazzi MP". MyParliament. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Tonia Antoniazzi MP". Parliament UK.
  4. ^ "Labour's Tonia Antoniazzi wins Gower seat back from Tories". BBC News. 9 June 2017. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Labour gain three Welsh seats as Tories' surge fails". ITV News. 9 June 2017. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  6. ^ a b "General Election 2017 - The Gower Constituency". Swansea Bay Times. 29 May 2017. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  7. ^ Swansea Bay Times Reporter (28 April 2017). "Ex Welsh women's rugby player contests UK's most marginal seat". Swansea Bay Times. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  8. ^ "First Female Gower MP begins her role". South Wales Evening Post. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  9. ^ Cornock, David (29 June 2017). "New MP claims credit for ice cream - and cafe culture". BBC News. Retrieved 1 July 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. ^ Mosalski, Ruth. "Brexit latest: The Welsh MPs who voted for a second referendum". Wales Online.

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Byron Davies
Member of Parliament for Gower