Emily lives in Islington with her husband and three children, having moved here over 20 years ago. She was elected Member of Parliament for Islington South & Finsbury in the 2005 General Election, and was re-elected in 2015 with a majority of 12,708.
In 2009 she was made a ministerial aide in the Department of Energy & Climate Change and attended the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit in December that year with Joan Ruddock and Ed Miliband. After the 2010 election, Emily became a Shadow Minister in the Department of Energy and Climate Change and took a leading role in Ed Miliband’s successful leadership campaign.
In October 2010 she became a Shadow Health minister, shadowing Social Care Minister Paul Burstow, and holding the government to account over their changes to the NHS and social care.
She was promoted in Ed Miliband's first reshuffle in October 2011 and attended Shadow Cabinet as the Shadow Attorney General until her resignation in November 2014.
Following the 2015 General Election Emily returned to the front bench as Shadow Employment Minister, and in January 2016 she joined the Shadow Cabinet after being appointed by Jeremy Corbyn as Shadow Secretary of State for Defence. In this role she is currently leading Labour's review of defence and security policy, details of which are available online here.