Chris Elmore

Christopher Philip James Elmore (born 23 December 1983)[1] is a Welsh Labour Party politician. He has been Member of Parliament (MP) for Ogmore since 2016.

Chris Elmore
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Official portrait, 2019
Shadow Minister for Media, Data and Digital Infrastructure
In office
4 December 2021 – 22 July 2022
LeaderKeir Starmer
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byStephanie Peacock
Shadow Minister for Scotland
In office
9 April 2020 – 4 December 2021
LeaderKeir Starmer
Preceded byPaul Sweeney
Succeeded byLiz Twist
Member of Parliament
for Ogmore
Assumed office
5 May 2016
Preceded byHuw Irranca-Davies
Majority7,805 (22.1%)
Personal details
Christopher Philip James

(1983-12-23) 23 December 1983 (age 39)[1]
Newport, Wales, UK
Political partyWelsh Labour
Alma materCardiff Metropolitan University
WebsiteOfficial website Edit this at Wikidata

Early life and careerEdit

Elmore was born in Newport and lived in Brynmawr and in Caerphilly as a child.[2]

He started his working life as a trainee butcher and later attended Cardiff Metropolitan University completing a degree in History and Culture in 2005. Elmore then worked in a number of professions including further education.[3]

In 2008, Elmore was elected as a councillor for Casteland in the Vale of Glamorgan Council. Later he was appointed as a cabinet member for children's services and schools.[4]

Parliamentary careerEdit

Elmore unsuccessfully contested the seat of Vale of Glamorgan in the 2015 United Kingdom general election before being selected as the Labour candidate in the 2016 Ogmore by-election,[5] which was held on 5 May 2016.

In June 2016, Elmore was joined the Justice Select Committee before also joining the Welsh Affairs Select Committee in July.[6] In October 2016, he was appointed to the frontbench position of Opposition whip.[7]

He supported Owen Smith in the failed attempt to replace Jeremy Corbyn in the 2016 Labour Party leadership election.[8]

Since his election as an MP, Elmore has particularly focused on issues that impact young people, often speaking in parliament and elsewhere on the subject.[9] Youth engagement is an issue on which Elmore previously campaigned as a councillor.[10]

In 2017, Elmore was elected as Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Rail in Wales.[11] He has been a vocal opponent of the government's 2017 decision to cancel the planned electrification of the Great Western Mainline between Cardiff and Swansea. He has campaigned on issues including passenger safety.[12]

In April 2020, Elmore was made Shadow Minister for Scotland by new leader Keir Starmer. In this role he supported Ian Murray, Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland. He was also made a senior Opposition whip as a Shadow Lord Commissioner of HM Household.[13][14]


  1. ^ a b The Times Guide to the House of Commons 2019. Glasgow: Times Books. 2020. p. 293. ISBN 978-0-00-839258-1.
  2. ^ Elmore, Chris. "Home page". Chris Elmore. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  3. ^ Shipton, Martin. "Labour select candidate for Ogmore's Parliamentary by-election". walesonline. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Chris Elmore". Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  5. ^ Ogmore by-election, 2016,; accessed 17 May 2016.
  6. ^ "Chris Elmore MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  7. ^ "Corbyn confirms whips office shake-up as frontbench appointments continue". Labour's biggest independent grassroots e-network. 18 October 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  8. ^ "Full list of MPs and MEPs backing challenger Owen Smith". LabourList. 21 July 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  9. ^ How do we engage more young people in their communities,; accessed 2 December 2016.
  10. ^ Chris Elmore profile,; accessed 2 December 2016.
  11. ^ Elmore, Chris (18 September 2017). "Chris Elmore MP becomes Chair of cross party group fighting for Welsh rail investment". Chris Elmore. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  12. ^ Elmore, Chris (25 August 2017). "Chris Elmore: We've been DUPed by the Tories out of key rail infrastructure". Labour List. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  13. ^ "Keir Starmer appoints Labour frontbench". The Labour Party. 9 April 2020. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  14. ^ "Labour makes Whips Office appointments". The Labour Party. 14 April 2020. Retrieved 19 July 2020.

External linksEdit

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by Member of Parliament
for Ogmore