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Peter Christopher Dowd[1] MP (born 20 June 1957) is a British Labour Party politician. A Labour Party member for over 30 years, he was first elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bootle in May 2015.[2]

Peter Dowd

Peter Dowd MP - Official Parliamentary Photo.jpg
Official parliamentary photo, 2017
Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury
Assumed office
9 February 2017
LeaderJeremy Corbyn
ShadowingDavid Gauke
Elizabeth Truss
Preceded byRebecca Long-Bailey
Member of Parliament
for Bootle
Assumed office
7 May 2015
Preceded byJoe Benton
Majority36,200 (72%)
Personal details
Born (1957-06-20) 20 June 1957 (age 61)
Bootle, England, UK
Political partyLabour
Alma materHugh Baird College
University of Liverpool
Lancaster University


Early lifeEdit

Dowd was born and raised in the heart of Bootle into a large working class Labour family with a long history of activism in the party. Educated at local primary and secondary schools and college, he gained undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from Liverpool and Lancaster Universities and other postgraduate qualifications.

Political careerEdit

Dowd's great-uncles, Simon and Peter Mahon, were Labour MPs. Dowd was a Merseyside County Councillor from 1981-1986 for Bootle number 1 ward (Hawthorne) which is around the Hawthorne road area of Bootle and Derby park area. He became a Sefton Borough Councillor in 1991 when he replaced Joe Benton for Derby ward.

He was a councillor for Derby ward from 1991 to 2003 before he moved to St Oswalds ward (Netherton and Marion Square). He was chair of Merseyside Fire authority in the 1990s. He was elected Sefton Labour group leader after the death of Dave Martin and was leader until 2015. He was Leader of Sefton Council from 2011 to 2015.

Dowd was one of 48 Labour MPs to vote against the second reading of the government's Welfare Reform and Work Bill, which included £12bn in welfare cuts, on 20 July 2015. In doing so they defied the party's leadership, which had ordered MPs to abstain.[3]

In February 2017, he was appointed to the position of Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury.[4]


  1. ^ "No. 61961". The London Gazette. 19 June 2017. p. 11778.
  2. ^ "Bootle parliamentary constituency - Election 2015". BBC News. 1 January 1970. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Welfare cuts backed amid Labour revolt". BBC News. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  4. ^ @jeremycorbyn (9 February 2017). "I'm pleased to announce appointments to Labour's Shadow Cabinet @RLong_Bailey @SueHayman1 @Rees4Neath @Peter_Dowd" (Tweet) – via Twitter.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Joe Benton
Member of Parliament
for Bootle

Political offices
Preceded by
Rebecca Long-Bailey
Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury