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Gloria De Piero (born 21 December 1972) is a British Labour Party politician and journalist. She was first elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Ashfield in 2010.

Gloria De Piero

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Shadow Minister for Justice
In office
3 July 2017 – 19 July 2019
LeaderJeremy Corbyn
Shadow Minister for Young People and Voter Registration
In office
14 September 2015 – 26 June 2016
LeaderJeremy Corbyn
Preceded byOffice created
Succeeded byCat Smith (Voter Engagement and Youth Affairs)
Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities
In office
7 October 2013 – 14 September 2015
LeaderEd Miliband
Harriet Harman (Acting)
Preceded byYvette Cooper
Succeeded byKate Green
Member of Parliament
for Ashfield
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded byGeoff Hoon
Majority441 (0.9%)
Personal details
Born (1972-12-21) 21 December 1972 (age 46)
Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)
James Robinson (m. 2012)
Alma materBradford College
Birmingham City University
University of Westminster
University of London
WebsiteOfficial website

After serving as a shadow minister from October 2010, De Piero was promoted to the shadow cabinet in 2013 as Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities. In 2015 she was appointed Shadow Minister for Young People and Voter Registration, but resigned the position on 26 June 2016. Before becoming a politician, she was previously known for her work on GMTV.

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Early lifeEdit

De Piero was born in Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, and is of Italian descent.[1] She lived in a working-class area of south-west Bradford known as Wibsey, traditionally a Labour-voting area. She attended Marshfield Primary School in Little Horton then Priestman Middle School in Little Horton until 1986. From around the time De Piero was ten, neither of her parents was in employment owing to her father's ill health.[2]

She attended the Roman Catholic Yorkshire Martyrs Catholic College. She completed her A-Levels at Bradford College, and joined Socialist Organiser[3] and the Labour Party at the age of 18.[4] De Piero then went to the University of Central England (now Birmingham City University), where she served an annual term as President of the Student Union, before graduating as a BA in Social Science from the University of Westminster in 1996. She was involved in the Labour Student campaign of 1996–97 at the national base.[4] She later obtained an MSc in Social and Political Theory from Birkbeck, University of London in 2001.

Career in journalismEdit

De Piero began her career in journalism as a researcher on Jonathan Dimbleby's television programme[clarification needed] from 1997 to 1998. She then moved to the BBC where she worked at On the Record from 1998 to 2002, The Politics Show from 2002 to 2003 and BBC Radio 4's Westminster Hour, where she produced and reported on the Palace of Westminster.

From 2003 to February 2010, she was political correspondent for GMTV.[5]

De Piero has also been an occasional presenter on the Weekend Breakfast and Weekend News programmes on BBC Radio 5 Live. In 2009 and 2010, De Piero acted as a guest presenter on the Five magazine show Live from Studio Five, in the absence of presenters Kate Walsh and Melinda Messenger.

Parliamentary careerEdit

In February 2010, De Piero resigned from GMTV to seek selection as the Labour Party's candidate for the Ashfield constituency in the 2010 general election.[6] The candidacy became vacant following the announcement that the constituency's Labour MP, former Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon, would be stepping down at the election.[7] On 20 March 2010, De Piero was selected by the local Labour Party as its candidate.[8][9]

De Piero was elected with a majority of 192 votes (reduced from 10,213 in 2005) after a 17.2% swing to the Liberal Democrats' Jason Zadrozny – the second-largest such swing in the 2010 election.[10] At the 2015 general election, De Piero held Ashfield with an increased majority of 8,820 and the Liberal Democrats were pushed into fourth place,[11][12] but her majority fell to 441 in the 2017 general election.[13]

In February 2019, she was criticised in the New Statesman for her remarks questioning freedom of movement,[14] despite her being a Remain supporter.

Shadow ministerEdit

In October 2010, Labour leader Ed Miliband appointed De Piero as a shadow culture minister.[15] In the 2011 reshuffle, De Piero became Shadow Minister for Crime Prevention,[16] and in 2013, she was promoted to the shadow cabinet as Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities.[17]

In 2015, De Piero was elected to the Labour Party's Conference Arrangements Committee with 109,888 votes, a high margin above unsuccessful candidates.[18] In new Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's first shadow cabinet, De Piero was made Shadow Minister for Young People and Voter Registration, a new shadow cabinet-level role.[19] She resigned her shadow cabinet position on 26 June 2016, among dozens of her colleagues, believing Corbyn could not lead the party to a general election victory.[20][21] She supported Owen Smith in the failed attempt to replace Corbyn in the 2016 Labour Party (UK) leadership election.[22]

De Piero supported Remain in the EU referendum and was present with Corbyn at the launch of the Labour In for Britain campaign.[23] Her constituency voted for Leave by 70%.[24]

On 3 July 2017, De Piero accepted a place in Corbyn's shadow front-bench team as Shadow Justice Minister.[25]

In July 2019, she resigned from the shadow front-bench and announced that she would not stand at the next general election.[26][27][28]

Personal lifeEdit

De Piero married James Robinson in 2012;[1] Robinson is formerly a media correspondent at The Guardian, media editor at The Observer and an employee at PR firm Powerscourt, who became director of communications for Tom Watson's campaign for Labour deputy leader in June 2015, and has continued in the role since Watson was elected.[29][30][31][32]

In 2010, The Mail on Sunday reported that De Piero had posed for topless photos aged 15.[33] The issue re-emerged on 17 October 2013 when De Piero accused and objected to an unnamed news agency of attempting to acquire the photos for a national newspaper.[2] Former Conservative MP Louise Mensch said on the Today programme: "Women in particular, I think, will be cheered by her refusal to be cowed by this quasi-sexual or moralistic assault on her behaviour as a 15-year-old girl".[34] It later emerged that the photos had been purchased by The Mail on Sunday in 2010.[33] De Piero became aware of this after the 2013 purchases attempt and at her request the paper sent the photos and negatives to De Piero along with a letter of apology.[33]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "De Piero, Gloria, (born 21 Dec. 1972), MP (Lab) Ashfield, since 2010". Who's Who. 2010. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.251397.
  2. ^ a b "MP Gloria de Piero: Call off the hunt for topless pictures". BBC News. 17 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Many interruptions, one struggle". Workers' Liberty. Alliance for Workers Liberty. 2 March 2016. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  4. ^ a b Andy McSmith "Gloria de Piero's question for the public: why do you hate me?", The Independent, 22 October 2012
  5. ^ Gloria quits GMTV to pursue political career Mail Online, 3 March 2010; accessed 4 March 2010
  6. ^ Paul Bentley (28 February 2010). "Backlash as Labour lines up GMTV's Gloria De Piero for Hoon seat at election". Mail Online. Retrieved 21 March 2010.
  7. ^ Sparrow, Andrew (11 February 2010). "Geoff Hoon to stand down at general election". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 March 2010.
  8. ^ Carlin, Brendan (21 March 2010). "Tony Blair's 'favourite broadcaster' Gloria De Piero selected for safe Labour seat". Mail Online. Retrieved 21 March 2010.
  9. ^ "Ex-GMTV reporter Gloria De Piero is Labour candidate". BBC News. 21 March 2010.
  10. ^ "Ex-TV reporter wins Labour seat of Ashfield". BBC News. 7 May 2010.
  11. ^ "Gloria De Piero has successfully defended her Ashfield seat for Labour". BBC News. 8 May 2015.
  12. ^ "Ashfield: Gloria de Piero retains seat for Labour". Nottingham Post. Local World. 8 May 2015. Archived from the original on 14 May 2015. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
  13. ^ Rogers, Kev (9 June 2017). "A close call but Gloria De Piero remains Ashfield's MP". Chad. JPI Media. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  14. ^ "Gloria De Piero is wrong: there's nothing socialist about opposing free movement". New Statesman. 15 February 2019.
  15. ^ "Shadow cabinet: junior appointments in full". New Statesman. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  16. ^ "The Labour reshuffle – who's up and who's down". Total Politics. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  17. ^ "Labour appoints former GMTV political editor Gloria de Piero MP as Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities". PinkNews. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  18. ^ "Full results for Conference Arrangements Committee and National Policy Forum". LabourList. 14 September 2015. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  19. ^ "What do the voters make of Jeremy Corbyn so far?". New Statesman. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  20. ^ "Who's staying and who's going in the shadow cabinet?". BBC News. 27 June 2016. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
  21. ^ Syal, Rajeev; Perraudin, Frances; Slawson, Nicola (27 June 2016). "Shadow cabinet resignations: who has gone and who is staying". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  22. ^ "Full list of MPs and MEPs backing challenger Owen Smith". LabourList. 21 July 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  23. ^ Telegraph Video, video source ITN (10 May 2016). "Corbyn launches Labour In for Britain campaign battlebus". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  24. ^ "'I don't like Brussels telling us what to do': how Ashfield feels about Brexit now". The Guardian. 29 November 2017. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  25. ^ Elgot, Jessica (3 July 2017). "Jeremy Corbyn appoints clutch of unknowns to shadow frontbench". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  26. ^ "Gloria De Piero: Labour MP quits as shadow justice minister". BBC News. 20 July 2019. Retrieved 20 July 2019.
  27. ^ @GloriaDePiero (20 July 2019). "I wish others had read my full speech ... I'm not leaving because of 'intolerance' ..." (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  28. ^ https://www.chad.co.uk/news/politics/ashfield-mp-gloria-de-piero-to-stand-down-before-next-general-election-1-9888999
  29. ^ "James Robinson". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  30. ^ Spanier, Gideon (10 October 2012). "In the air: Clarkson is driving Times web ads push". Evening Standard. Archived from the original on 22 October 2012.
  31. ^ "James Robinson swaps Powerscourt PR for Tom Watson spin". The Guardian. 16 June 2015. Retrieved 23 March 2017.
  32. ^ Rayner, Gordon (26 June 2016). "Project Jexit: how Labour imploded as shadow cabinet tried to force Jeremy Corbyn to quit". The Telegraph. Retrieved 23 March 2017.
  33. ^ a b c "Street of shame". Private Eye (1354): 7. 29 November 2013.
  34. ^ Wintour, Patrick (18 October 2013). "Louise Mensch backs Gloria de Piero's response to topless photos threat". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 October 2013.

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Preceded by
Geoff Hoon
Member of Parliament
for Ashfield

2010–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Yvette Cooper
Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities
2013–2015
Succeeded by
Kate Green
New office Shadow Minister for Young People and Voter Registration
2015–2016
Succeeded by
Cat Smith
as Shadow Minister for Voter Engagement and Youth Affairs