|Member of the London Assembly
for Lambeth and Southwark
4 May 2000 – 5 May 2016
|Preceded by||Constituency Created|
|Succeeded by||Florence Eshalomi|
|Born||Middleton, Lancashire UK|
|Political party||Labour Co-operative|
Valerie Shawcross CBE is a Labour Co-operative politician and Deputy Mayor of London for Transport. She was a former member of the London Assembly for Lambeth and Southwark, between May 2000 and May 2016, when she voluntarily stood down. Shawcross was the Labour Co-operative candidate for Bermondsey and Old Southwark at the 2010 general election.
She was first elected to the Assembly in 2000 and retained her seat in 2004 and 2008. In 2000 Ken Livingstone appointed her as Chair of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) a position she held until his defeat in 2008. She was the Labour London Assembly Spokesperson for Transport and Chair of the London Assembly Transport Committee. She also currently serves on the Assembly Budget Scrutiny Committee.
She is a former Labour Party national women's officer, and was a councillor for New Addington in Croydon from 1994 to 2000, serving as Chair of Education, then Leader of Croydon Council. She was previously employed by the Inner London Education Authority, The World University Service, The UK Council for Overseas Students Affairs, The Commonwealth Secretariat, and the National Federation of Women's Institutes.
Shawcross was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2002 for her services to local government. She is married to Michael Anteney.
Shawcross narrowly failed in an attempt to become the Labour candidate for the safe Labour seat of Croydon North to Steve Reed for the 2012 Croydon North by-election after a meeting was held on 3 November 2012 of the local Croydon North Labour Association.
In 2015 she announced that she would not seek re-election to the London Assembly at the 2016 elections.
- Lists of Labour Prospective Parliamentary Candidates
- Crerar, Pippa (7 December 2010). "Ken Livingstone's running mate Val Shawcross aims to win back women voters". London Evening Standard.
- "Breaking: Steve Reed selected as Labour candidate for Croydon North by-election". Croydon Advertiser. London. 3 November 2012.
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