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Joanne Marie Platt (born 15 June 1973) is a British Labour and Co-operative Party politician who has been Member of Parliament (MP) for Leigh since 2017.[2]

Jo Platt

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Official Parliamentary Portrait of Jo Platt
Member of Parliament
for Leigh
Assumed office
8 June 2017
Preceded byAndy Burnham
Majority9,554 (20.3%)
Shadow Minister for Cabinet Office
Assumed office
10 July 2018
LeaderJeremy Corbyn
Preceded byLaura Smith
Parliamentary Private Secretary to Shadow Secretary of State for Education
In office
13 July 2017 – 10 July 2018
LeaderJeremy Corbyn
Shadow Sec.Angela Rayner
Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Children and Young People
In office
June 2014 – June 2017
Succeeded byJennifer Bullen
Councillor for Astley and Mosley Common Ward of the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan
In office
3 May 2012 – 5 September 2017
Preceded bySean Ell
Succeeded byPaula Wakefield
Personal details
Joanne Marie Platt

(1973-06-15) 15 June 1973 (age 46)[1]
Salford, England
Political partyLabour Co-operative

She is Leigh's first female MP,[3] succeeding Andy Burnham, who left Parliament to become the Mayor of Greater Manchester.

On 13 July 2017 she became Parliamentary Private Secretary to Angela Rayner [4] and she is also a Member of the Communities and Local Government Select Committee.[5] On 10 July 2018 she became Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office.



Platt was a councillor and was Portfolio holder for Children and Young People's Services on Wigan Council, until she became a Member of Parliament. She officially stepped down as borough councillor on 5 September 2017 [6] and was succeeded on 19 October by fellow Labour and Co-operative candidate, Paula Wakefield.[7] Platt was selected as the Labour Party candidate for the Leigh constituency in the 2017 general election. She won the seat with 26,347 votes or 56.2% of the total votes cast.[8]

Following the General Election win, Platt was announced as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Angela Rayner, she held this role until 10 July 2018 where she was offered Shadow Minister for Cabinet Office.

Platt set up, and now chairs, the All Party Parliamentary Group on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. She also works with UK charity the ADHD Foundation.

Personal lifeEdit

Platt has two children.[9]


  1. ^ "Members' Names Data Platform query". UK Parliament. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Leigh parliamentary constituency - Election 2017". BBC News. Retrieved 18 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Jo Platt makes history becoming Leigh's first female MP". Lancashire Post. 9 June 2017. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Honoured to have been appointed PPS to the wonderful @AngelaRayner Proud to be a part of this great team. #StandingUpForEducation #Labour". Twitter. 13 July 2017. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  5. ^ "Jo Platt MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 7 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Leigh MP stands down as borough councillor: Leigh". Wigan Today. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  7. ^ "Declaration of results: Election of a ward councillor for Astley Mosley Common" (PDF). Wigan Council. Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Election 2017: Leigh". BBC News. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  9. ^ Mutch, James (28 April 2017). "Cllr Joanne Platt named as Labour candidate for Leigh's next MP". Leigh Journal. Retrieved 8 June 2017.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Andy Burnham
Member of Parliament
for Leigh