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Ruth Margaret Cadbury MP (born 14 May 1959) is a British Labour Party politician who has been Member of Parliament (MP) for Brentford and Isleworth since gaining the seat from the Conservatives at the 2015 general election. Cadbury has been a Brentford councillor for 25 years, and was deputy leader of the Hounslow London Borough Council from 2010-2012 where she was known for her work on a Living Wage for its staff as well as her opposition to any expansion to the nearby London Heathrow Airport. In June 2017 she was re-elected with a majority of over 12,000 votes, defeating Mary Macleod for the second time.[2]

Ruth Cadbury

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Shadow Minister for Housing
In office
11 October 2016 – 29 June 2017
Preceded byJohn Healey (Housing)
Succeeded byTony Lloyd
Member of Parliament
for Brentford and Isleworth
Assumed office
8 May 2015
Preceded byMary Macleod
Majority12,182 (19.8%)
Personal details
Born (1959-05-14) 14 May 1959 (age 60)
Birmingham, England, UK[1]
Political partyLabour
Alma materBournville College
University of Salford
WebsiteOfficial website

Cadbury, the eldest child of Charles Lloyd Cadbury and Jillian Stafford Ransome, is one of three Quakers elected at the 2015 general election, the others being Labour's Catherine West and the Conservative's Tania Mathias.[3] She was educated at The Mount School, York, Bournville College, and graduated from the University of Salford with a BA in 1981.[citation needed]

At the 2015 general election, she defeated the sitting Conservative MP Mary Macleod. In her maiden speech to the House of Commons on 2 June 2015, she made much of her Quaker background and its relevance to social justice. Her speech also referenced her distant ancestor, the chocolate producer and Quaker George Cadbury.[4]

In October 2016, she was appointed by Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn as a Shadow Housing Minister. Commenting on the appointment she said "As a result of this Government's policies, owning a home is an unattainable dream for so many youngsters, and for countless people even having somewhere stable and affordable to call home is impossible".[5] She supported Owen Smith in the failed attempt to replace Jeremy Corbyn in the 2016 Labour Party (UK) leadership election.[6]

She was sacked from her Shadow Housing Minister position on 29 June 2017 after she voted against a whipped vote on an amendment to the Queen's speech calling for the UK to remain in the European Single Market: whilst the Labour position was to abstain, she voted to support the motion.[7][8]


  1. ^ "Ruth Cadbury MP". UK Parliament. Archived from the original on 9 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Election Results 2017: Brentford and Isleworth". BBC News. 9 June 2017. Archived from the original on 20 May 2017. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  3. ^ "First Quaker MPs elected in a decade". Quakers in Britain. Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). 8 May 2015. Archived from the original on 11 July 2015. Retrieved 11 July 2015.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  4. ^ "Health and Social Care". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). 596. United Kingdom: House of Commons. 2 June 2015. col. 529–532. Archived from the original on 23 September 2016. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Ruth Cadbury MP". Archived from the original on 2 February 2017. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Full list of MPs and MEPs backing challenger Owen Smith". LabourList. 21 July 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  7. ^ "Three sacked from Labour's frontbench over single market amendment". LabourList. 29 June 2017. Archived from the original on 9 August 2017.
  8. ^ Asthana, Anushka (29 June 2017). "Jeremy Corbyn sacks three frontbenchers after single market vote". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 29 June 2017. Retrieved 29 June 2017.

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