Margaret Greenwood (born 14 March 1959) is a British Labour Party politician. She was first elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Wirral West in May 2015 and retained her seat in the 2017 general election, increasing her majority.
|Shadow Minister for Schools|
|Assumed office |
9 April 2020
|Leader||Sir Keir Starmer|
|Preceded by||Mike Kane|
|Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions|
8 May 2018 – 6 April 2020
Acting: 12 March 2018 - 8 May 2018
|Preceded by||Debbie Abrahams|
|Succeeded by||Jonathan Reynolds|
|Shadow Minister for Employment|
9 October 2016 – 8 May 2018
|Preceded by||Nick Thomas-Symonds|
|Succeeded by||Mike Amesbury|
|Member of Parliament|
for Wirral West
|Assumed office |
7 May 2015
|Preceded by||Esther McVey|
|Born||14 March 1959|
In 2013, she was selected to contest the constituency of Wirral West in the 2015 general election. In a high-profile campaign, Greenwood narrowly unseated the controversial Conservative cabinet minister Esther McVey.
In March 2018, Greenwood began acting as Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions after Debbie Abrahams temporarily stepped aside. She was appointed as a permanent replacement for the Shadow DWP Secretary in May 2018. Until November 2018, Greenwood was shadowing Esther McVey, who had returned to Parliament at the 2017 general election.
Margaret Greenwood has expressed concern over the effects of poverty and austerity, saying, "The government should listen to the people being pushed into poverty by its policies. Universal credit is failing miserably, leaving families in debt, [in] rent arrears and at risk of becoming homeless. Three million children are growing up in poverty despite living in a working household. Labour will stop the roll-out of universal credit, end the benefit freeze and transform the social security system so that it supports people instead of punishing them." Noting that employment at poverty wages is rising, Greenwood said, "There is something seriously wrong when the number of people in work in poverty is increasing faster than employment."
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- "Wirral West". BBC News. 9 June 2017. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
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- Walker, Peter (11 March 2018). "Labour's Debbie Abrahams investigated by party over 'workplace issue'". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
- "Keir Starmer appoints Shadow Cabinet". The Labour Party. 6 April 2020. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
- Booth, Robert; Butler, Patrick (16 November 2018). "UK austerity has inflicted 'great misery' on citizens, UN says". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
- Partington, Richard (4 December 2018). "Four million British workers live in poverty, charity says". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
- Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
- Contributions in Parliament at Hansard
- Voting record at Public Whip
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
| Member of Parliament
for Wirral West
| Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions