Yvonne Fovargue

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Yvonne Fovargue
Member of Parliament
for Makerfield
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Ian McCartney
Majority 13,155 (29.4%)
Personal details
Born (1956-11-29) 29 November 1956 (age 60)
Sale, Cheshire, England
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Paul Kenny[1]
Children 1 daughter
Alma mater University of Leeds
Website www.yvonnefovargue.com

Yvonne Helen Fovargue[2] (born 29 November 1956)[3] is a British Labour Party politician, who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Makerfield constituency, in the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan, Greater Manchester since 2010, replacing the previous Labour MP Ian McCartney, who stepped down due to ill health.[4]

Early life[edit]

Fovargue attended Sale Grammar School and has a BA in English from the University of Leeds. She was an elected member of Warrington council from 2004 until 2010 and worked as a housing officer on the Moss Side estate in 1980s. She was later Chief Executive of St Helens Citizens Advice Bureau, a role she held for over 20 years.

Political career[edit]

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

She was appointed as an Opposition Whip in 2011 and subsequently served as Shadow Transport Minister and then Shadow Defence Minister.[6]

Fovargue was made Shadow Education Minister with responsibility for Further Education and Skills in October 2014 following the resignation of Rushanara Ali[7]

Fovargue is a member of Unite the Union and The Co-operative Party.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Fovargue is married with one adult daughter. She is a member of Mensa and an avid reader of crime fiction.[8]


  1. ^ http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmregmem/110124/part2.htm
  2. ^ "no. 59418". The London Gazette. 13 May 2010. p. 8737. 
  3. ^ "Yvonne Fovargue MP". BBC Democracy Live. BBC. 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". FE Week. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  8. ^ "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