Emily lives in Islington with her husband and three children, having moved here over 25 years ago. Before entering parliament, Emily was a barrister for twenty years, taking human rights, Trade Union and criminal defence cases. She was elected Member of Parliament for Islington South & Finsbury in the 2005 General Election, and was re-elected in 2010 and 2015, each time with an increased majority.
After the 2010 election, Emily served in variety of front bench roles, holding the government to account over climate change, the NHS and social care, human rights and the legal system, and defence and security policy.
After last year’s EU referendum, Emily took over responsibility for Labour’s foreign policy. She is now Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary, co-ordinating Labour’s response to foreign policy challenges from Syria to North Korea, Yemen to Palestine, and, of course, the USA and Russia.
Emily has been arguing strongly that our country needs to have its own voice on the international stage. Since the election of Donald Trump, the Tory Foreign Secretary seems to believe that it is his job to play “mini-me.” This is not right. We may be leaving the EU and American foreign policy may be becoming much more unpredictable. But we should be confident as a country and speak with our own voice. One that is based in our values of upholding human rights and international law, strengthening international institutions and acting multilaterally.
These are difficult times on the international stage – but also difficult times here is Islington, where the government’s austerity policies are hitting the most vulnerable the hardest. Under this Tory government, schools are losing funding, health services and social care are under immense strain, and housing policy is leaving far too many Londoners without decent homes.
Emily runs a robust and effective local casework service, helping and supporting those in need, and providing valuable assistance to Islington Council in combatting cuts and preserving services.