Karen Lumley

Karen Elizabeth Lumley[2] (born 28 March 1964) is a Conservative Party politician in England. She was elected the Member of Parliament (MP) for Redditch in Worcestershire in the general election of 2010, when she defeated former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith. She stood down at the general election of 2017.[3]

Karen Lumley
Member of Parliament
for Redditch
In office
6 May 2010 – 3 May 2017
Preceded byJacqui Smith
Succeeded byRachel Maclean
Personal details
Born (1964-03-28) 28 March 1964 (age 56)[1]
Barnsley, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Richard Lumley (1984–present)

Personal lifeEdit

Lumley was born in Barnsley, but grew up in the county of Warwickshire, in the town of Rugby. Her early education was at the Rugby High School for Girls, and subsequently the East Warwickshire College.

Since becoming a MP, she has lived in the Brockhill area of Redditch. She is married to Richard Lumley, a geologist, and has two children.[4]

Political careerEdit

Lumley was the deputy chair of the Welsh Young Conservatives from 1986–87, and the group leader of the district of Wrexham Maelor from 1991 to 1996. She also served on Clwyd County Council between 1993 and 1996, and on Redditch Borough Council from 2001 to 2003.[5]

Lumley unsuccessfully contested the Delyn constituency in 1997 and at National Assembly level in 1999. In both the general elections of 2001 and 2005, she unsuccessfully contested the Redditch constituency before gaining the seat at the general election of 2010, defeating the former Labour Home Secretary Jacqui Smith.[5][6]

In March 2013, she was one of 175 MPs to vote against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 which legalised same sex marriage in England and Wales.

Lumley had said that while she supported civil partnerships, she had felt that the bill would redefine the meaning of marriage and that her decision would be supported by the majority of her constituents.[7] Lumley held her seat in election of 2015.[8] In March 2016, she indicated her support for voting to leave the European Union in the EU referendum. Lumley commented that the move would regain the sovereignty of the United Kingdom.[9]

In the House of Commons, Lumley sat on the Finance Committee as of July 2015. She has previously been part of the Welsh Affairs Select Committee and the Transport Select Committee.[5][8][10] Lumley was also a Parliamentary Private Secretary in the Department of Health.[11] Lumley stood down at the general election of 2017, due to ill health.[3]


  1. ^ "Karen Lumley MP". BBC Democracy Live. BBC. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  2. ^ ""No. 59418". The London Gazette. 13 May 2010. p. 8746.
  3. ^ a b Crawford, Ross (28 April 2017). "Karen Lumley MP not to defend Redditch parliamentary seat". Redditch Standard. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  4. ^ "About Karen: Personal". Tellkaren.com. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  5. ^ a b c "Karen Lumley MP". parliament.uk. Archived from the original on 15 May 2012.
  6. ^ Britten, Nick (7 May 2010). "General Election 2010: Jacqui Smith defeated in Redditch". The Daily Telegraph.
  7. ^ "Redditch's MP votes against gay marriage bill". Redditch Advertiser. 6 February 2013. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  8. ^ a b "Karen Lumley MP". parliament.uk. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  9. ^ "Redditch MP Karen Lumley joins "Brexit" camp". Redditch Advertiser. 23 February 2016. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  10. ^ Welsh Affairs Committee - membership, http://www.parliament.uk. Retrieved 9 December 2012.
  11. ^ Sharpe, Liz (20 November 2015). ""These are essential skills" says Redditch MP Karen Lumley at St Johns Ambulance's Everyday Heroes Awards". Redditch Advertiser.

External linksEdit

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Jacqui Smith
Member of Parliament for Redditch
Succeeded by
Rachel Maclean