Alison Jane Seabeck (née Ward; born 20 January 1954) is a former English Labour Party politician. She was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Plymouth Devonport from 2005 until 2010 when she won the new seat of Plymouth Moor View before losing the seat to the Conservative Party in the 2015 General Election. She was a shadow Housing and Defence Minister.
|Shadow Minister of State for Defence|
7 October 2011 – 7 May 2015
|Member of Parliament |
for Plymouth Moor View
Plymouth Devonport (2005–2010)
5 May 2005 – 7 May 2015
|Preceded by||David Jamieson|
|Succeeded by||Johnny Mercer|
|Born||20 January 1954|
Dagenham, Essex, England
|Spouse(s)||Denis Seabeck (m 1975)|
Nick Raynsford (m 2012)
|Alma mater||North East London Polytechnic|
Seabeck went to Harold Hill Grammar School (later Upper Bedfords Park School from 1973) in Harold Hill in London. She studied at the North East London Polytechnic (now the University of East London) in Stratford. Seabeck was a member of the MSF (now Unite), and whilst working at the House of Commons became the secretary of the South Thames Community Branch. She is also a member of the feminist Fawcett Society and the Labour Women's Network.
Seabeck was elected at the 2005 general election with a majority of 8,103, replacing David Jamieson. She served as a Government Whip attached to the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform from 2007 to 2008. She chaired the South West Regional Select Committee between 2009-2010 and sat on the Local Government Select Committee and the Regulatory Reform Select Committee between 2005-2007.
On 11 October 2010, Seabeck was appointed Shadow Housing Minister, working with Caroline Flint, the then shadow secretary for Communities and Local Government. On 7 October 2011, she was appointed Shadow Defence Minister during Ed Miliband's reshuffle.
In December 2010 it was revealed that Seabeck was under investigation by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards in relation to declaration of member's interests. Seabeck was subsequently asked to apologise for speaking in a debate on fire safety without declaring that her partner, MP Nick Raynsford was a member of the Fire Protection Association.
In the 2015 UK General Election, Seabeck again stood as the candidate in the Plymouth Moor View constituency, but was defeated.
She married her former husband Denis in 1975 and they have two daughters. She is now the wife of the former MP for Greenwich & Woolwich, Nick Raynsford, for whom she worked as researcher before entering Parliament. Her father was the former Labour MP for Peterborough, Michael Ward. Seabeck hired one of her daughters at very short notice to work for three weeks to cover a staff absence.
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- City MP defends hiring of relatives, thisisexeter.co.uk; accessed 21 May 2015.
- Alison Seabeck MP – for Plymouth, Devonport
- Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
- Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 2010–present
- Voting record at Public Whip
- Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou
- Guardian Unlimited Politics – Ask Aristotle: Alison Seabeck MP
- Meet the MP (BBC 2005)
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
| Member of Parliament for Plymouth Devonport
|New constituency|| Member of Parliament for Plymouth Moor View