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Helen Hayes (politician)

Helen Elizabeth Hayes (born 8 August 1974)[1] is a British Labour Party politician, who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Dulwich and West Norwood since the May 2015 general election.[2]

Helen Hayes
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Hayes in 2017
Member of Parliament
for Dulwich and West Norwood
In office
8 May 2015 – 6 November 2019
Preceded byDame Tessa Jowell
Succeeded byElection in progress
Majority28,156 (40.1%)
Personal details
Born (1974-08-08) 8 August 1974 (age 45)
Liverpool, United Kingdom
Political partyLabour
Alma materBalliol College, Oxford
WebsiteOfficial website

Early lifeEdit

Hayes attended Ormskirk Grammar School, a comprehensive secondary school based in Ormskirk, near Liverpool in the northwest of England.[3] She was an undergraduate at Balliol College, Oxford.[4]

After university, Hayes worked as a town planner. She became managing partner of her own town planning company, Urban Practitioners, before becoming a partner at London architectural practice[4] Allies and Morrison.[5]

Hayes is a Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, a member of the King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and is also a trustee of Turner Contemporary art gallery in Margate.[5]

Political careerEdit

Prior to becoming an MP Hayes was elected as a Councillor for the College ward of Southwark Council[6] in 2010[7] and in 2014.[8] Following her election as an MP in May 2015 she held both roles for 10 months before resigning as a Councillor in March 2016 to focus on her Parliamentary duties.[9]

Hayes has served on the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee since July 2015.[10]

Hayes supported Remain in the EU referendum in June 2016 and voted against the triggering of Article 50 in February 2017.

At the 2017 general election, Hayes increased her vote share from 27,772 (56.4%) to 39,096 (69.6%); she was 28,156 votes ahead of the second-placed Conservative Party candidate, the largest majority since the constituency’s creation.[11]

Hayes has criticised the closure of two Royal Mail delivery offices in her constituency.[12]

Personal lifeEdit

Hayes is married to Ben Jupp; the couple have two children.[3] Her sister-in law is Rachel Jupp, editor of the BBC current affairs series, Panorama.[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Jamieson, Sophie (29 April 2015). "Female MPs: Parliament's future front bench stars". The Daily Telegraph. London: Telegraph Media Group. Archived from the original on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 25 May 2015.
  2. ^ "BBC News Election 2015 – Dulwich & West Norwood". BBC News Election 2015 website. BBC. 8 May 2015. Archived from the original on 8 May 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  3. ^ a b Duffy, Tom (12 May 2015). "Ormskirk mum wins Tessa Jowell's former seat in south London". Southport Visiter. Archived from the original on 29 September 2017. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Election 2015: Meet the future female front bench stars of the 2015 Parliament". The Daily Telegraph. 8 May 2015. Archived from the original on 10 May 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Register of interests Councillor Helen Hayes". Southwark Council. Southwark Council. Archived from the original on 27 December 2016. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  6. ^ "Councillor Helen Hayes". Southwark Council. Southwark Council. Archived from the original on 8 December 2015. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  7. ^ "Southwark Council – Election Results for College Ward". Southwark Council Website. Southwark Council. 6 May 2010. Archived from the original on 8 December 2015. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  8. ^ "2014 council elections – College". Southwark Council Website. Southwark Council. 22 May 2014. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  9. ^ "SOUTHWARK MPS NEIL COYLE AND HELEN HAYES ANNOUNCE RESIGNATION FROM COUNCIL". Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  10. ^ "Helen Hayes MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  11. ^ "Dulwich and West Norwood (UK Parliament constituency) - Wikipedia". en.m.wikipedia.org. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  12. ^ February 23, Helen Hayes 6sc on; 2018. "Helen delivers letter to Royal Mail opposing delivery office closures". Helen Hayes MP. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  13. ^ Saner, Emine (5 February 2017). "Panorama editor Rachel Jupp: people want us to hold power to account". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 11 May 2017. Retrieved 24 May 2017.

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