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Danielle Rowley (born 25 February 1990) is a Scottish Labour Party politician. She has been the Shadow Minister for Climate Justice and Green Jobs since June 2019 and the Member of Parliament (MP) for Midlothian since the 2017 snap general election.[1]

Danielle Rowley

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Official Parliamentary portrait, June 2017
Shadow Minister for Climate Justice and Green Jobs
Assumed office
21 June 2019
LeaderJeremy Corbyn
Shadow Sec.Sue Hayman
Member of Parliament
for Midlothian
Assumed office
9 June 2017
Preceded byOwen Thompson
Majority885 (2.0%)
Personal details
Danielle Rowley

(1990-02-25) 25 February 1990 (age 29)
Dalkeith, Midlothian, Scotland
Political partyScottish Labour Party
Alma materEdinburgh Napier University
WebsiteOfficial website

Early life and educationEdit

Danielle Rowley was born on 25 February 1990[2] and grew up in a council estate[3] in Dalkeith.[4] Her father is Scottish Labour Party politician Alex Rowley and her late mother[5] was a trade unionist. Both her grandfathers were Labour Party activists and miners.[6] She was educated at Dalkeith High School[7] and graduated from the Edinburgh Napier University with a journalism degree in 2014.[4] Rowley supported Scotland staying part of the union during the 2014 Scottish independence referendum, and worked as former Prime Minister Gordon Brown's constituency media manager during the campaign.[4][6]

Before her election to parliament, Rowley worked as the Campaigns and Public Relations Officer for housing charity Shelter Scotland and was also a Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament.[4]

Parliamentary careerEdit

Rowley was selected in April 2017 as the official Labour Party candidate, for the Midlothian constituency at the snap general election on 8 June.[8] She went on to be elected as the Member of Parliament for the constituency with a majority of 885 votes over the sitting Scottish National Party MP Owen Thompson.[4] Rowley was the first female MP to represent Midlothian. In her maiden speech in the House of Commons in July 2017, she commented that she would fight to reduce the need of food banks in her constituency.[9] Shortly after her election, Rowley was appointed as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry.[10] She has sat on the Scottish Affairs Select Committee since September 2017.[11]

She chaired Richard Leonard's successful 2017 Scottish Labour leadership campaign to become Leader of the Scottish Labour Party, following Kezia Dugdale's decision to resign.[12] Since September 2017, Rowley has been a member of the Scottish Affairs Select Committee.[13]

Rowley supported the United Kingdom (UK) remaining within the European Union (EU) in the 2016 UK EU membership referendum. In the indicative votes on 27 March 2019, she voted for a referendum on a Brexit withdrawal agreement, for Norway plus, and for a customs union with the EU.[14]

On 21 June 2019, Rowley was appointed as Shadow Minister for Climate Justice and Green Jobs, a new role.[15]


  1. ^ "Rowley, Danielle". Who's Who. 2018 (February 2018 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 14 February 2018. (subscription or UK public library membership required)
  2. ^ Carr, Tim; Dale, Iain; Waller, Robert (7 September 2017). The Politicos Guide to the New House of Commons 2017. Biteback Publishing. p. 154. ISBN 978-1-78590-278-9.
  3. ^ Moore, Hannah (21 June 2017). "Meet the four new MPs who are still in their 20s". BBC Newsbeat. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Profiles of the new Scottish MPs". Holyrood. 21 June 2017. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Rt Hon Emily Thornberry MP pays visit to Midlothian to open Danielle Rowley MP's office". Danielle Rowley. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  6. ^ a b Rampen, Julia (26 June 2017). "Labour MP for Midlothian Danielle Rowley: "I get my politics from my mum as well as my dad"". New Statesman. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  7. ^ "Young Dalkeith politician in running for award". Midlothian Advertiser. 28 January 2011. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  8. ^ Gordon, Tom (3 May 2017). "Scottish Labour deputy denies nepotism as daughter named candidate". The Herald. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  9. ^ Swanson, Ian (11 July 2017). "Labour MP uses maiden speech to attack foodbank 'disgrace'". The Scotsman. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  10. ^ @DaniRowley (17 July 2017). "Delighted to be appointed as PPS to @EmilyThornberry - looking forward to working with her & Shadow Foreign and Commonwealth team" (Tweet). Retrieved 4 November 2019 – via Twitter.
  11. ^ "Danielle Rowley MP". Retrieved 4 November 2019.
  12. ^ Carrell, Severin (18 November 2017). "Richard Leonard wins Scottish Labour leadership in decisive victory". The Guardian.
  13. ^ "Danielle Rowley MP". Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  14. ^ "How MPs voted on May's withdrawal deal defeat". Financial Times. 29 March 2019. Archived from the original on 2 September 2019.
  15. ^ Cowburn, Ashley (20 June 2019). "Jeremy Corbyn appoints Labour's first shadow minister for climate justice". The Independent. Retrieved 21 June 2019.

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