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Anna Catherine Turley (born 9 October 1978) is a British politician. A member of Labour and Co-operative, she has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Redcar since 2015.[1][2] Turley has also been Chairwoman of the Co-operative Party since 8 June 2019.

Anna Turley

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Turley in 2017
Chair of the Co-operative Party
Assumed office
8 June 2019
Preceded byGareth Thomas
Member of Parliament
for Redcar
Assumed office
7 May 2015
Preceded byIan Swales
Majority9,485 (22.3%)
Personal details
Born (1978-10-09) 9 October 1978 (age 41)
Dartford, England
Political partyLabour and Co-operative

Early life and careerEdit

Turley was born in Dartford,[3] received an academic scholarship to attend the independent Ashford School[4] and Greyfriars, Oxford, where she read History.

Turley was formerly a civil servant, initially working on youth crime issues, and later moved to the Department for Work and Pensions specialising in child poverty issues.[5]

Early political careerEdit

 
Turley in 2015

From 2001 to 2005, Turley was a fast-stream civil servant at the Home Office. In 2005, she then became a special adviser in the Department for Work and Pensions under David Blunkett, then in 2006 the Cabinet Office under Hilary Armstrong.[5][6] In 2006, she stood for election as a Labour council candidate for Wandsworth Common.[7]

In 2007, Turley worked for public relations agency The Ledbury Group.[8] In April 2008, she became deputy director of the local government research organisation the New Local Government Network,[8] and in 2010 co-founded the Co-operative Councils Innovation Network designed to enable local authorities to work in partnership with local communities.[5][9]

Turley was shortlisted for the North West Durham seat for the 2010 general election but lost out to Pat Glass.[10] In 2011, Turley founded a consultancy and online forum ProgLoc (Progressive Localism) for progressive debate of key issues affecting local government,[11][12][13] and became an associate researcher for the NGO Future of London.[14][15] In 2012 Turley was listed as a speaker for the New Labour pressure group Progress.[16] In 2013, Turley became a senior research fellow at IPPR North.[17]

In 2013, Turley was selected to stand in the Redcar constituency from an all-women shortlist,[6] in a contentious selection that ultimately was associated with the resignation of ten Labour councillors.[18][19]

Parliamentary careerEdit

Turley became the member of parliament for Redcar at the May 2015 general election, winning the seat from the Liberal Democrats.

She was appointed as a member of the Home Affairs Select Committee in July 2015.[20]

She supported Andy Burnham in the 2015 leadership election.[21]

Soon after becoming an MP, Turley had to respond to major local employer SSI UK, which operated Teesside Steelworks, going into liquidation,[22][23] leading to about 3,000 local job losses. The steelworks had once employed about 40,000.[24]

In September 2015, the newly elected Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn appointed Turley as shadow civil society minister in his first shadow cabinet.[5]

She resigned as a Shadow Minister in June 2016.[25] In the 2016 leadership election campaign soon afterwards, Turley was critical of Corbyn stating he was "completely out of touch with reality", and supported Owen Smith for leader.[26]

In October 2016, Turley joined the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee.[27]

She introduced a Private Members Bill to increase the maximum sentences available to the courts for specified offences related to animal cruelty to five years.[28]

In the 2017 general election, Turley was re-elected with 23,623 votes, a share of 55.5%.[29]

In November 2017, it was announced that Turley had withdrawn from work at Westminster for the rest of the year in order to recuperate following emergency surgery.[30]

She is the Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Groups ("APPGs") on Hydrogen [31] and Bingo,[32] the Secretary of the APPG on Steel and Metal Related Industry[33] and a member of the APPGs on Endometriosis, Speedway, Loan Charge, Carbon Capture and Storage, Performers Alliance, Music, Equitable Life, Fair Business Banking and the All-Party Parliamentary Dog Advisory Welfare Group.[34] She is also a member of various Labour Party groups, including the Labour Movement for Europe, LGBT Labour, Jewish Labour Movement, Labour Campaign for International Development, Labour Friends of Israel, Labour Friends of Palestine & the Middle East and Labour Party Irish Society.[34][35]

Personal lifeEdit

She lives in Redcar.[6] Previously she lived in Islington, London.[5] In the second half of 2017, Turley required five operations to alleviate problems with infected cysts.[36]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "No. 61230". The London Gazette. 18 May 2015. p. 9124.
  2. ^ "2015 General Election results". BBC News. Archived from the original on 8 May 2015. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Biography Anna Turley MP". MyParliament. Archived from the original on 2 February 2017. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  4. ^ Christopher Hope (6 January 2016). "Jeremy Corbyn tries to force public schools to open up music, arts, sport facilities to state school children". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 28 June 2017. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d e Andy Hillier (22 October 2015). "Anna Turley MP – the new shadow minister for charities". Third Sector. Archived from the original on 15 August 2016. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  6. ^ a b c "Former Blunkett adviser named Redcar Parliamentary candidate". Teesside Gazette. 13 May 2013. Archived from the original on 29 September 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2015.
  7. ^ Andrew Teale. "Local Election Results 2006 – Wandsworth". Local Elections Archive Project. Archived from the original on 19 September 2016. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  8. ^ a b "Ex-Blunkett aide joins think-tank". PR Week. 3 April 2008. Archived from the original on 19 September 2016. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  9. ^ "Anna Turley given shadow responsibility for charity sector". Third Sector. 24 September 2015. Archived from the original on 29 September 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2015.
  10. ^ Richard Moss (18 December 2009). "Durham North West Labour shortlist revealed". BBC News. Archived from the original on 10 October 2016. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  11. ^ Jessica Asato (27 May 2011). "Who's hue in tankworld". Progress Online. Archived from the original on 1 October 2016. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  12. ^ Anna Turley (27 July 2011). "Progressive localism". Progress Online. Archived from the original on 1 October 2016. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  13. ^ "Companies House – PROGLOC LIMITED". Companies House. Company No. 07605429. Archived from the original on 4 February 2018. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  14. ^ Anna Turley (13 December 2011). "London and the Localism Act". Future of London. Archived from the original on 18 September 2016. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  15. ^ Anna Turley, Joanna Wilson (March 2012). "Localism in London" (PDF). Future of London. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 January 2015. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  16. ^ "Speaker List for CLPs". Progress. Archived from the original on 20 August 2012.
  17. ^ Bill Davies, Anna Turley (January 2014). "Back to Rising Damp? Addressing housing quality in the private rented sector" (PDF). IPPR North. Archived (PDF) from the original on 4 February 2018. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  18. ^ Prof. David Byrne (27 April 2015). "Can a Green union man beat Labour's London parachuter in the north east?". Durham University. Archived from the original on 17 September 2016. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  19. ^ Brown, Mike (4 February 2015). "Council leader tears up Labour Party membership card as bitter internal dispute continues". GazetteLive. Retrieved 11 May 2018.
  20. ^ "Home Affairs Committee: Committee membership announced". Parliament of the United Kingdom. 8 July 2015. Archived from the original on 22 August 2016. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  21. ^ Conor McGinn, Anna Turley (26 May 2015). "Why we are backing Andy Burnham's bid to be Labour leader". New Statesman. Archived from the original on 7 August 2016. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
  22. ^ Mike Blackburn, Andrew Glover (30 September 2015). "SSI: Labour MPs will present 'rescue plan' to steel minister tomorrow". GazetteLive. Archived from the original on 19 August 2016. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  23. ^ Steven Hugill (17 September 2016). "Future of SSI UK Redcar plant 'must not be held to ransom by Thai banks'". The Northern Echo. Archived from the original on 19 September 2016. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  24. ^ Anna Turley (19 January 2016). "What's the future for industrial towns?". Fabian Society. Archived from the original on 29 August 2016. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  25. ^ "Jeremy Corbyn unveils new top team after resignations". BBC News. 27 June 2016. Archived from the original on 26 June 2016. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  26. ^ Ian Johnson (24 October 2016). "Teesside MP who called Corbyn 'Wizard of Oz' congratulates him on victory". GazetteLive. Archived from the original on 1 October 2016. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  27. ^ "Anna Turley MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  28. ^ "Animal Cruelty (Sentencing) Bill 2016-17 — UK Parliament". services.parliament.uk. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  29. ^ "Redcar general election results 2017". BBC News. 9 June 2017. Archived from the original on 10 June 2017. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  30. ^ "Redcar MP Anna Turley recovering after emergency surgery". BBC News. 7 November 2017. Archived from the original on 8 November 2017. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  31. ^ "House of Commons - Register Of All-Party Parliamentary Groups as at 27 March 2019: Hydrogen". publications.parliament.uk. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  32. ^ "House of Commons - Register Of All-Party Parliamentary Groups as at 14 March 2018: Bingo". publications.parliament.uk. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  33. ^ "House of Commons - Register Of All-Party Parliamentary Groups as at 28 September 2017: Steel and Metal Related Industries". publications.parliament.uk. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  34. ^ a b "Bio". Anna Turley MP. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  35. ^ "LFI Supporters in Parliament". ”Labour Friends of Israel”. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  36. ^ Robson, Dave (19 December 2017). "Anna Turley: Health all-clear for Redcar MP after five operations". GazetteLive. Retrieved 11 May 2018.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Ian Swales
Member of Parliament
for Redcar

2015–present
Incumbent
Party political offices
Preceded by
Gareth Thomas
Chair of the Co-operative Party
2019–present
Incumbent