Yvonne Fovargue

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Yvonne Fovargue

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Official Parliamentary Portrait of Yvonne Fovargue
Member of Parliament
for Makerfield
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded byIan McCartney
Majority13,542 (28.9%)
Personal details
Born (1956-11-29) 29 November 1956 (age 62)
Sale, Cheshire, England
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)Paul Kenny[1]
Children1 daughter
Alma materUniversity of Leeds

Yvonne Helen Fovargue[2] (born 29 November 1956)[3] is a British Labour Party politician who was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Makerfield in 2010, succeeding Ian McCartney, who stepped down due to ill health.[4]

Early life and career[edit]

Fovargue attended Sale Grammar School and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Leeds. In the 1980s, she worked as a housing officer on the Moss Side estate, before becoming the Chief Executive of St Helens Citizens Advice Bureau, a role she held for over 20 years.

She also served as a local councillor from 2004 until her election as an MP in 2010.[5]

Parliamentary career[edit]

Fovargue was elected with a majority of 12,490 at the 2010 general election. She was appointed as an Opposition Whip in 2011 and served as Shadow Transport Minister and Shadow Defence Minister.[6]

She was then appointed as a Shadow Education Minister with responsibility for Further Education and Skills in October 2014 following the resignation of Rushanara Ali.[7] She resigned from this role in March 2019 after voting against the Labour whip in a vote on a second Brexit referendum.[8]

Yvonne Fovargue is a member of the Unite trade union and the Co-operative Party.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Fovargue is married with one adult daughter. She is also a member of Mensa and an avid reader of crime fiction.[9]


  1. ^ Register of Members' Financial Interests
  2. ^ "No. 59418". The London Gazette. 13 May 2010. p. 8737.
  3. ^ "Yvonne Fovargue MP". BBC Democracy Live. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  4. ^ "Election 2010: Makerfield". BBC Election 2010. Retrieved 7 May 2010. t
  5. ^ a b "Yvonne Fovargue". Politics.co.uk. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  6. ^ "Yvonne Fovargue". UK Parliament. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  7. ^ Whittaker, Freddie. "Yvonne Fovargue gets shadow education post in Labour's mini-reshuffle (in an alternate universe? or timeline idk)". FE Week. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  8. ^ Wearmouth, Rachel (14 March 2019). "3 Shadow Ministers Resign Over Vote To Block Second Brexit Referendum". HuffPost. Retrieved 14 March 2019.
  9. ^ "Profile - Yvonne Fovargue". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 7 May 2010.

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Ian McCartney
Member of Parliament for Makerfield