Emily Thornberry
Emily Thornberry

Emily is the Labour MP for Islington South and Finsbury and Shadow Attorney General.

Emily joined the Labour Party when she was 17, motivated by her experiences being raised by her mother, a single parent living on a council estate. She has lived in Islington for the last 27 years and was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Islington South and Finsbury on 5 May 2005. During her time as the local MP, she has helped thousands of individual constituents and has been an independent-minded voice for people in her area in Parliament.

In Parliament, Emily has campaigned against 90-days detention, and for abortion rights in Northern Ireland, serving in the shadow ministerial teams of Ed Miliband, Jeremy Corbyn and Keir Starmer. Her previous Shadow Cabinet positions were as International Trade Secretary, Foreign Secretary, Brexit Secretary, Defence Secretary and a first spell as Shadow Attorney General.

In her shadow ministerial roles, she has led the parliamentary fight against Universal Credit, the freeze in armed forces pay, the removal of EU funding for Britain’s deprived regions, the war in Yemen, Tory inaction on climate change and human rights, the appeasement of Donald Trump and Crown Prince Bin Salman, and the escalation of tensions with Iran. Emily shadowed Boris Johnson for the entire two years he was Foreign Secretary. She has also stood in for Jeremy Corbyn five times at Wednesday sessions of PMQs. As Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade, Emily led the charge in making sure that our independent trade policy outside the EU does not jeopardise our public services or food and labour standards.

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