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Clive Stanley Efford (born 10 July 1958) is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Eltham since 1997.

Clive Efford
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Official parliamentary portrait, June 2017
Shadow Minister for Culture, Media and Sport
In office
8 October 2011 – 28 June 2016
LeaderEd Miliband
Jeremy Corbyn
Preceded byIan Austin
Member of Parliament
for Eltham
In office
2 May 1997 – 6 November 2019
Preceded byPeter Bottomley
Succeeded byElection in progress
Majority6,296 (13.6%)
Personal details
Clive Stanley Efford[1]

(1958-07-10) 10 July 1958 (age 61)
Southwark, London, England
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)Gillian Vallins

Early lifeEdit

Efford was born in London and educated at Walworth School and Southwark College. He worked in his family jewellery business, until he completed The Knowledge and qualified as London taxi driver in 1987. In 1986, he became an elected councillor in the London Borough of Greenwich, and continued in both these occupations until being elected to Parliament in 1997.[citation needed]

Political careerEdit

Efford was first elected to Greenwich Council in 1986 for the Eltham Well Hall Ward, becoming the Labour Group Chief Whip in 1990. He went on to contest the marginal seat of Eltham at the 1992 general election, but was defeated by the sitting Conservative Peter Bottomley by 1,666 votes. He was again selected to contest Eltham five years later in 1997, whilst Bottomley stepped down in order to stand in the safe Conservative seat of Worthing West. Efford subsequently gained Eltham for Labour with a majority of 10,182. He went on to win the seat at the ensuing general elections in 2001, 2005 and 2010, with his majority declining after each until the 2015 general election and increasing further in 2017.

He made his maiden speech in the House of Commons on 25 June 1997.[2] Almost as soon as he was elected, he was required to deal with the fallout from the family of murdered Eltham teenager Stephen Lawrence registering a formal complaint with the Police Complaints Authority, with the police officers in question facing allegations of racism.[citation needed]

In Parliament, he has served on a number of Select Committees, most notably being a member of the Transport Select Committee from 2001 to 2008. In 2003, he was one of the Labour MPs who rebelled against the government and voted against UK involvement in the Iraq War. In 2005, Efford was responsible for the reformation of the previously defunct Tribune Group, though unlike its previous incarnation, membership was restricted to backbench Labour MPs.[3] In 2008, he became the Parliamentary Private Secretary to Housing Minister Margaret Beckett, later becoming the PPS to John Healey in the same role from 2009 to 2010.[citation needed]

He was one of the first MPs to declare his support for Ed Miliband, the successful candidate, in the 2010 Labour leadership election. Miliband subsequently appointed him to the Opposition Front Bench in 2011 as a Shadow Home Office Minister under new Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper. In the reshuffle of October 2011, he became the Shadow Minister for Sport.

Clive Efford was one of 36 Labour MPs to nominate Jeremy Corbyn as a candidate in the Labour leadership election of 2015[4] and he retained his position in Corbyn's shadow cabinet. He resigned from Corbyn's shadow cabinet following a large number of resignations from the Labour front bench on 28 June 2016.[citation needed] He supported Owen Smith in the failed attempt to replace Jeremy Corbyn in the 2016 Labour Party (UK) leadership election.[5]

Efford was shortlisted for the Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award in 2015 for his work on National Health Service Bill, and he remains in the directory of the Grassroot Diplomat Who's Who publication.[6]

Efford relaunched the Tribune Group of MPs in April 2017, aiming to reconnect with traditional Labour voters while also appealing to the centre ground.[7]


  1. ^ "No. 61961". The London Gazette. 19 June 2017. p. 11776.
  2. ^ Westminster, Department of the Official Report (Hansard), House of Commons. "House of Commons Hansard Debates for 25 Jun 1997 (pt 28)". Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  3. ^ "BBC NEWS - UK - UK Politics - Commons Confidential: November 2005". Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Who nominated who for the 2015 Labour leadership election?". Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Full list of MPs and MEPs backing challenger Owen Smith". LabourList. 21 July 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  6. ^ "Grassroot Diplomat Who's Who". Grassroot Diplomat. 15 March 2015. Archived from the original on 20 May 2015. Retrieved 27 April 2015.
  7. ^ Helm, Toby (2 April 2017). "Labour MPs revamp centre-left Tribune group to win back middle-class voters". The Observer. Retrieved 19 June 2017.

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