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Louise Haigh

Louise Margaret Haigh (born 22 July 1987) is a British Labour politician. She was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Sheffield Heeley at the May 2015 general election, and was the youngest Labour member of that parliament.[1]

Louise Haigh
Shadow Minister for Digital Economy
Assumed office
10 October 2016
Leader Jeremy Corbyn
Shadow Minister for Civil Service and Digital Reform
In office
18 September 2015 – 10 October 2016
Leader Jeremy Corbyn
Preceded by Office established
Member of Parliament
for Sheffield Heeley
In office
7 May 2015 – 3 May 2017
Preceded by Meg Munn
Succeeded by Election in progress
Majority 12,954
Personal details
Born (1987-07-22) 22 July 1987 (age 29)
Sheffield, England
Political party Labour
Alma mater University of Nottingham
Website Official website

Early lifeEdit

Haigh grew up on Abbeydale Road, Sheffield, and now lives in Norfolk Park, Sheffield.[2] She was educated at Sheffield High School and the University of Nottingham.[3] Her grandfather and uncle were trade union officials.[4]

After graduating, Haigh worked for the local council youth service between 2006 and 2008. She then began working in Parliament, where she was the co-ordinator of the All Party Parliamentary Group on International Corporate Responsibility.[4] During this time, she was also a Unite shop steward and volunteered as a Special Constable.[5]

From 2012, Haigh worked for Aviva as Public Policy Manager, responsible for corporate governance and responsible investment policy.[5][6][7]

Political careerEdit

Haigh was selected to stand for the Labour in Sheffield Heeley in May 2014,[8] and was elected to Parliament at the May 2015 general election.

Haigh was one of 36 Labour MPs to nominate Jeremy Corbyn as a candidate in the Labour leadership election of 2015.[9]

In September 2015, Haigh was appointed Shadow Minister for Civil Service and Digital Reform.[10][11] The role, newly expanded under Jeremy Corbyn,[12] covers the Government's digital strategy, the Freedom of Information Act, data security and privacy.[13] On 10 October 2016, she was made Shadow Minister for Digital Economy.[14]

Haigh was declared the "most hard-working" new MP in February 2016 after a study of the activity of MPs elected in 2015.[15][16][17]

Haigh campaigned for the United Kingdom to remain a member of the European Union in the 2016 United Kingdom European Union membership referendum.[18] In the 2016 Labour leadership election, Haigh supported Owen Smith.[19]

Haigh was instrumental in revealing that hundreds of women had their tax credits stopped in error by US company Concentrix.[20] The revelation led to an announcement that their HMRC contract would not be renewed.[21] Panic alarms have been installed in Haigh's office and home by South Yorkshire Police after she received death threats for calling for a debate on the banning of Britain First, the far-right group. South Yorkshire Police have provided her with uniformed and undercover protection as she attends to her constituency activities.[22]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Sheffield Heeley Parliamentary constituency". Election 2015. BBC News. 2015. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "About Louise". 2015. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  3. ^ Beardmore, Ellen (13 August 2014). "Sheffield Heeley candidate could be youngest MP". The Star. Sheffield. Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Louise Haigh". Politics.co.uk. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Profiles: Louise Haigh". 2015. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  6. ^ "Louise Haigh". Labour Party. Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "Towards an agreement on corporate sustainability reporting" (PDF). Aviva Investors. 2013. Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  8. ^ Beardmore, Ellen (12 May 2014). "'Time is right' for Sheffield MP to stand down". The Star. Sheffield. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  9. ^ "Who nominated who for the 2015 Labour leadership election". The New Statesman. 15 June 2015. Retrieved 23 March 2015. 
  10. ^ "Labour's FOI Review". Labour Party. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  11. ^ Marrs, Colin (21 September 2015). "Jeremy Corbyn appoints MP Louise Haigh to Labour digital brief". Civil Service World. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  12. ^ Say, Mark (21 September 2015). "Louise Haigh takes Labour digital role". UK Authority.com. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  13. ^ Clarke, Lauren (18 September 2015). "Sheffield MP Louise Haigh joins Shadow Cabinet". The Star. Sheffield. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  14. ^ Haigh, Louise (10 October 2016). "Louise appointed Shadow Minister for the Digital Economy - Louise Haigh, Labour Member of Parliament for Sheffield Heeley". Louisehaigh.org.uk. Retrieved 3 April 2017. 
  15. ^ Leftly, Mark (20 February 2016). "Tory MP Royston Smith is least active among Parliament's new members". The Independent. London. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  16. ^ "'Least active MP' Royston Smith defends record". BBC News. 22 February 2016. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  17. ^ Proctor, Kate (25 February 2016). "Louise Haigh most hard-working of all new MPs". Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  18. ^ Haigh, Louise (23 June 2016). "Vote Remain today: Sheffield is better off in the EU - Louise Haigh, Labour Member of Parliament for Sheffield Heeley". Louisehaigh.org.uk. Retrieved 3 April 2017. 
  19. ^ "Jeremy Corbyn has served Labour well. But Owen Smith is the leader we need". The Guardian. 21 July 2016. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
  20. ^ "HMRC to axe tax credit checking firm Concentrix". Retrieved 3 October 2016. 
  21. ^ Byrne, Paul (13 September 2016). "Concentrix to be stripped of HMRC contract over tax credits blunders". Retrieved 3 October 2016. 
  22. ^ Pidd, Helen; Perraudin, Frances (15 December 2016). "Female MP received death threats for calling for ban on Britain First". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 December 2016. 
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Meg Munn
Member of Parliament
for Sheffield Heeley

2015–present
Succeeded by
Election in progress