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Michael Lee Amesbury (born 6 May 1969 in Wythenshawe, Manchester) is an English Labour Party politician and the current Shadow Minister for Employment. He became the Member of Parliament (MP) for Weaver Vale at the general election in June 2017.[1][2]

Mike Amesbury

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Shadow Minister for Employment
Assumed office
10 July 2018
LeaderJeremy Corbyn
ShadowingAlok Sharma
Preceded byMargaret Greenwood
Member of Parliament
for Weaver Vale
Assumed office
9 June 2017
Preceded byGraham Evans
Majority3,928 (7.8%)
Personal details
Born (1969-05-06) 6 May 1969 (age 50)
Wythenshawe, Manchester
Political partyLabour
Websitewww.mikeamesbury.org

EducationEdit

Amesbury was born on 6 May 1969 in Wythenshawe.[3][4][5] He was educated at Castleford Academy; the University of Bradford; and the University of Central England.[6]

CareerEdit

A careers advisor by trade, Amesbury previously worked as a manager with the Connexions careers advice service. He also worked as Senior Parliamentary Advisor to Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner and as political advisor and stakeholder manager on Andy Burnham's successful campaign to become Metro Mayor for Greater Manchester.[7] He was a director of City South Manchester Housing Trust, an award-winning social enterprise providing affordable housing in the Fallowfield, Hulme, Moss Side and Whalley Range areas of south Manchester. He also served as a policy advisor to Tameside Council.

Political careerEdit

Amesbury joined the Labour Party as a 17-year-old after moving with his family to Yorkshire, where he says he was politicised by the impact on local families of Margaret Thatcher's political policies and the subsequent miners' strike.[8] He served as a Regional Officer and Fundraising and Events Manager for Labour and was later elected to the party's National Policy Forum (NPF)—the policy making arm of The Labour Party. He became a councillor on Manchester City Council representing Fallowfield from 2006, rising to the position of Executive Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure where he helped bring the National Football Museum to the city, standing down when he was elected to the House of Commons.[9][10]

He gained the Weaver Vale constituency from the Conservative incumbent Graham Evans in the 2017 general election on a swing of 4.3%. He was named Parliamentary Private Secretary in the Shadow Department for Work and Pensions team in January 2018, and in July of the same year was promoted to Shadow Employment Minister.[11][12]

He is a member of the UNISON and GMB trade unions. He campaigned for 'remain' in the 2016 EU membership referendum.[citation needed]

In 2019, Amesbury apologised for having shared an antisemitic caricature on Facebook in 2013, stating “I apologise unreservedly for this terrible error. I genuinely don’t recall sharing this image and I’m mortified that I did so. This appalling image image contains an antisemitic caricature and a reference to the ‘illuminati’ conspiracy theory. I would never have intentionally shared antisemitic tropes and I am sincerely sorry that I did.” [13] He is a member of Labour Friends of Israel.[14]

Personal lifeEdit

Mike is married with a young son.[15] He is a Manchester United fan and his interests include Rugby League and Indie music.[16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ BBC News: Weaver Vale Parliamentary constituency (accessed 9 June 2017)
  2. ^ BBC News: Election results 2017: Labour gains Weaver Vale, Warrington South and Crewe and Nantwich (accessed 9 June 2017)
  3. ^ "No. 61961". The London Gazette. 19 June 2017. p. 11780.
  4. ^ "Mike Amesbury MP". myparliament.info. MyParliament. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Interview with Mike Amesbury MP". TalkPolitics. 2017-10-07. Retrieved 2018-10-25.
  6. ^ "Amesbury, Mike". Who's Who. ukwhoswho.com. 2018 (February 2018 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 14 February 2018. (subscription or UK public library membership required)
  7. ^ https://www.greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk/info/20016/combined_authority/183/the_mayor_of_greater_manchester/1
  8. ^ "Interview with Mike Amesbury MP". TalkPolitics. 2017-10-07. Retrieved 2018-10-25.
  9. ^ Manchester City Council 2006 election results (accessed 10 June 2017)
  10. ^ Walker, Simon. "Fallowfield ward Council by election announced". www.manchester.gov.uk. Retrieved 2018-10-25.
  11. ^ "Mike Amesbury promoted to Labour's Shadow team". Northwich Guardian. Retrieved 2018-10-25.
  12. ^ "Appointments to Labour's frontbench - The Labour Party". The Labour Party. Retrieved 2018-10-25.
  13. ^ Daniel Sugarman. "Labour Shadow Minister Mike Amesbury apologises for sharing 'antisemitic caricature' - after denying he had" Jewish Chronicle. 13 March 2019 https://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/labour-shadow-minister-mike-amesbury-apologises-after-sharing-antisemitic-caricature-1.481386
  14. ^ "LFI Supporters in Parliament". Labour Friends of Israel. Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  15. ^ "Interview with Mike Amesbury MP". TalkPolitics. 2017-10-07. Retrieved 2018-10-25.
  16. ^ "Interviewing Mike Amesbury MP". TalkPolitics. Retrieved 2018-10-25.

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