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Gemma Doyle (politician)

Gemma Doyle (born 13 April 1981)[1] is a British Labour Co-operative politician, who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for West Dunbartonshire between 2010 and 2015.[3][4]

Gemma Doyle
Shadow Minister for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans
In office
8 October 2010 – 8 May 2015
LeaderEd Miliband
Preceded byBob Ainsworth
Succeeded byRachael Maskell
(as Shadow Minister for Armed Forces Personnel and Veterans)
Member of Parliament
for West Dunbartonshire
In office
6 May 2010 – 30 March 2015
Preceded byJohn McFall
Succeeded byMartin Docherty
Personal details
Born (1981-04-13) 13 April 1981 (age 38)[1]
Alexandria, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland[2]
Political partyLabour Co-operative
Alma materUniversity of Glasgow
CommitteesEnergy and Climate Change 2010, Administration 2010, Armed Forces Bill 2011–


She previously worked for the Labour Party, and before that for the Institution of Civil Engineers as a conference organiser, for the political communications company Holyrood Communications Ltd, and as a Labour party researcher for Cathy Craigie Labour MSP.

She had previously stood as a Labour candidate in Scotland at the 2004 European Parliament elections.

Member of ParliamentEdit

In October 2010 she became Labour's Shadow Defence Minister for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans,[5] deputy to Shadow Defence Secretary Jim Murphy. In 2011, she was a member of the special Select Committee set up to scrutinise the Bill that became the Armed Forces Act 2011.[6]

Later careerEdit

Doyle lost her seat in the 2015 election, and after leaving parliament became director of a public affairs firm.[7]

Doyle is a Trustee of the Foreign Policy Centre and chair of the Bermondsey and Old Southwark constituency Labour party.[8][9]

Personal lifeEdit

Gemma Doyle is married to Gregor Poynton, the Director of External Engagement at the Scottish Labour Party,[10] who was formerly at Portland Communications and Blue State Digital. Poynton was the Labour candidate for North East Fife at the 2003 Scottish Parliament election.[11]


  1. ^ a b "Strathleven Regeneration C.I.C." Dellam Corporate Information. 22 June 2011. Retrieved 21 November 2012.
  2. ^ "About Gemma". Archived from the original on 11 July 2012. Retrieved 21 November 2012.
  3. ^ "Gemma Doyle, former MP, West Dunbartonshire - TheyWorkForYou". TheyWorkForYou.
  4. ^ STV
  5. ^ "Ed Miliband's shadow cabinet and ministerial teams". BBC News. 12 October 2010.
  6. ^ "Select Committee on the Armed Forces Bill". Retrieved 20 September 2013.
  7. ^ Warry, Richard. "Election results 2017: How do you get over losing your job as an MP?". BBC. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Trustees". Foreign Policy Centre. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  9. ^ "Bermondsey Corbynites claim Neil Coyle breached rules in trigger ballots". LabourList. 18 September 2019. Retrieved 23 September 2019.
  10. ^ "Murphy continues Scottish Labour rebuilding with appointment of Better Together Chief". LabourList. 21 January 2015.
  11. ^ "2003 Election Results".

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