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.
Official Parliamentary portrait, June 2017
|Shadow Minister for Climate Justice and Green Jobs|
|Assumed office |
21 June 2019
|Shadow Sec.||Sue Hayman|
|Member of Parliament|
|Assumed office |
9 June 2017
|Preceded by||Owen Thompson|
25 February 1990
Dalkeith, Midlothian, Scotland
|Political party||Scottish Labour Party|
|Alma mater||Edinburgh Napier University|
Early life and educationEdit
Danielle Rowley was born on 25 February 1990 and grew up in a council estate in Dalkeith. Her father is Scottish Labour Party politician Alex Rowley and her late mother was a trade unionist. Both her grandfathers were Labour Party activists and miners. She was educated at Dalkeith High School and graduated from the Edinburgh Napier University with a journalism degree in 2014. 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.
Rowley was selected in April 2017 as the official Labour Party candidate, for the Midlothian constituency at the snap general election on 8 June. 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. 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. Shortly after her election, Rowley was appointed as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry. She has sat on the Scottish Affairs Select Committee since September 2017.
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. Since September 2017, Rowley has been a member of the Scottish Affairs Select Committee.
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.
On 21 June 2019, Rowley was appointed as Shadow Minister for Climate Justice and Green Jobs, a new role.
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