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Joanna Meriel Stevens[1] (born 6 September 1966)[2] is a Welsh Labour Party politician in the UK House of Commons. She was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Cardiff Central in the May 2015 general election.[3]

Jo Stevens

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Member of Parliament
for Cardiff Central
Assumed office
7 May 2015
ShadowingAlun Cairns
Preceded byJenny Willott
Majority17,196 (42.6%)
Shadow Secretary of State for Wales
In office
7 October 2016 – 27 January 2017
LeaderJeremy Corbyn
Preceded byPaul Flynn
Succeeded byChristina Rees
Shadow Solicitor General
In office
7 January 2016 – 7 October 2016
LeaderJeremy Corbyn
Personal details
Joanna Meriel Stevens

(1966-09-06) 6 September 1966 (age 52)
Swansea, Wales
Political partyLabour
Alma materUniversity of Manchester
Manchester Metropolitan
University Edit this at Wikidata


Early life and careerEdit

Stevens was born in Swansea and grew up in Mold, Flintshire. She attended Ysgol Uwchradd Argoed and Elfed High School.[4]

She studied law at Manchester University and completed the Solicitors' Professional Examination at Manchester Polytechnic in 1989.[5]

Prior to becoming an MP, Stevens was People and Organisation Director of Thompsons Solicitors.[4]

In 2014 she accused her then Liberal Democrat opponent Jenny Willott of having “neglected her constituency” by taking a ministerial role.[6] In a 2015 interview Stevens said that, if elected, she’d be “happy as a backbench MP” adding she was “not a professional politician.”[7] Stevens later went on to serve in two separate roles in the shadow cabinet of Jeremy Corbyn between January 2016 and January 2017.

Member of ParliamentEdit

Stevens was elected as Member of Parliament for Cardiff Central on 7 May 2015 with a majority of 4,981, defeating incumbent Liberal Democrat Jenny Willott.[3]

In Jeremy Corbyn's January 2016 reshuffle, she was appointed shadow solicitor general and shadow justice minister. Despite this she supported Owen Smith in the failed attempt to replace Jeremy Corbyn in the 2016 Labour Party (UK) leadership election.[8] In October 2016 reshuffle, after Corbyn's re-election as party leader, Stevens became Shadow Secretary of State for Wales.[9] She resigned on 27 January 2017 in order to vote against the three-line whip obliging Labour MPs to vote in favour of Article 50.[10] In March 2019, Stevens voted against the Labour Party whip and in favour of an amendment tabled by members of The Independent Group for a second public vote.[11]

Stevens chairs the GMB Parliamentary Group who help to make sure issues that matter to GMB members are raised in the House of Commons.


  1. ^ "No. 61230". The London Gazette. 18 May 2015. p. 9127.
  2. ^ "Jo Stevens MP". MyParliament. Archived from the original on 11 August 2017. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Cardiff Central Parliamentary constituency". BBC. Archived from the original on 8 May 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Democracy Club CVs". Democracy Club. Archived from the original on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  5. ^ "Jo Stevens – About". Jo Stevens MP. Archived from the original on 10 May 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  6. ^ ITV News (4 November 2014). "Cardiff MP Jenny Willott quits government role". ITV News. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  7. ^ David Deans (5 April 2015). "General Election 2015: Meet the women set to vie for one of Wales' tightest marginals". WalesOnline. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  8. ^ Smith, Mikey; Bloom, Dan (20 July 2016). "Which MPs are nominating Owen Smith in the Labour leadership contest?". Mirror. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  9. ^ "As it happened: Steven Woolfe in hospital and Labour reshuffle". BBC News. 6 October 2016. Archived from the original on 7 October 2016. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
  10. ^ Elgot, Jessica (27 January 2017). "Labour MP Jo Stevens quits shadow cabinet over article 50 vote". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 27 January 2017. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  11. ^ Mosalski, Ruth. "Brexit latest: The Welsh MPs who voted for a second referendum". Wales Online.

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