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Susan Mary Hayman[1] (born 28 July 1962) is a British Labour Party politician serving as Shadow Environment Secretary since 2017, and has served as Member of Parliament (MP) for Workington since 2015.[2]

Sue Hayman

Sue Hayman MP - official portrait 2017 (3-to-4 crop).jpg
Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Assumed office
9 February 2017
LeaderJeremy Corbyn
ShadowingAndrea Leadsom
Michael Gove
Theresa Villiers
Preceded byRachael Maskell
Member of Parliament
for Workington
Assumed office
8 May 2015
Preceded byTony Cunningham
Majority3,925 (9.4%)
Personal details
Born (1962-07-28) 28 July 1962 (age 57)
Political partyLabour
Alma materCambridge College of Arts and Technology (now Anglia Ruskin University)
WebsiteCampaign website


Early life and careerEdit

Born in Upper Bucklebury in Berkshire, she attended St Bartholomew's comprehensive school in Newbury, Berkshire[3] before studying English at Cambridge College of Arts and Technology (now part of Anglia Ruskin University).

She has worked in social services,[4] as a book editor, a communications consultant and as Campaigns and Communications Manager for Michael Foster, former Labour MP for Worcester.[5] Through her previous work she is an Associate of The Consultation Institute,[6] which champions best practice in public consultation.


Hayman has two grown-up children. She and her husband Ross have lived near Workington since 2011, when they moved to Cumbria from Worcestershire.[7]

Parliamentary careerEdit

Hayman was selected by a women-only shortlist[8] in 2013 to be Labour Party candidate for a Workington seat, she retained the seat with a majority of 4,686, increasing Labour's majority by 111 from 2010, and becoming the first female MP to represent a constituency in Cumbria.[9]

In July 2015, she was appointed to the House of Commons' Justice Select Committee. In line with Parliamentary protocol, she resigned from the committee following her appointment to Labour's front bench in September 2015 as an Opposition Whip for the shadow Home Office and Women and Equalities teams.[10]

She supported Owen Smith in the failed attempt to replace Jeremy Corbyn in the 2016 Labour Party (UK) leadership election.[11]

In October 2016, following Jeremy Corbyn's re-election as Labour leader, Hayman was appointed as Shadow Minister for Flooding and Coastal Communities in the opposition's front-bench Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) team.[12]

In February 2017, she was appointed to the position of Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs following the resignation of Rachael Maskell.[13]

Hayman retained her seat in the June 2017 General Election, increasing Labour's vote share from 42% to 51%, but with her majority down by 2.8% on 2015.

Hayman is co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Nuclear Energy,[14] and vice-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Rural Business.[15]

Previous electionsEdit

In the 2004 European Parliamentary election Hayman was third on the list of Labour candidates for the West Midlands (European Parliament constituency) but was not elected.

In the 2005 General Election, Hayman unsuccessfully stood as Labour's candidate in the Preseli Pembrokeshire constituency.

In the 2010 General Election, Hayman unsuccessfully stood as Labour's candidate in Halesowen and Rowley Regis.[16]

In 2013, Hayman was elected to Cumbria County Council for the Howgate division,[17] a position she formally relinquished in September 2015 after her election to Parliament in the May.

In the pressEdit

Since joining the Shadow Cabinet, Hayman has written articles for the New Statesman on environmental issues, including a call for the UK to rebuke US President Donald Trump for withdrawing from the Paris agreement on tackling climate change.[18]

Her constituency work is reported regularly in the local media. In February 2016 she was praised for her successful campaign to save Workington magistrates court from closure.[19]

During the 2005 General Election Hayman defended her short term rental of a home in the Preseli Pembrokeshire constituency,[5] which supporters of other candidates in the constituency claimed gave a misleading impression.

During the 2017 General Election the Conservative Party spuriously claimed Hayman had breached election rules over mail sent to constituents. However, a complaint sent to the Serjeant of Arms at the House of Commons was not investigated because the mailing, to flood victims, was unrelated to the election and Hayman had notified it to Parliament once the election was called.[20]


  1. ^ "No. 61230". The London Gazette. 18 May 2015. p. 9120.
  2. ^ "Workington Parliamentary constituency". BBC News. Retrieved 7 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Mrs Sue Hayman, MP Authorised Biography | Debrett's People of Today". Archived from the original on 17 June 2016. Retrieved 19 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Workington Labour candidate announced". ITV News. 9 February 2015.
  5. ^ a b Shipton, Martin (24 April 2005). "So, where do you really live Mrs Hayman?". walesonline. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  6. ^ Commons, House of. "House of Commons - The Register of Members' Financial Interests (8th June 2015): Hayman, Sue". Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  7. ^ "Profile - Sue Hayman, Labour Party". Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  8. ^ "All women shortlists, Labour Network".
  9. ^ "Election 2015: First female MP for Cumbria seat". BBC News. 8 May 2015.
  10. ^ "Sue Hayman becomes opposition whip". Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  11. ^ "Full list of MPs and MEPs backing challenger Owen Smith". LabourList. 21 July 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  12. ^ "Cumbrian MP named shadow minister by Jeremy Corbyn". Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  13. ^ "Corbyn replaces Lewis in shadow cabinet reshuffle". Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  14. ^ Commons, The Committee Office, House of. "House of Commons - Register Of All-Party Parliamentary Groups as at 2 May 2017: Nuclear Energy". Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  15. ^ Commons, The Committee Office, House of. "House of Commons - Register Of All-Party Parliamentary Groups as at 2 May 2017: Rural Business". Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  16. ^ "Election 2010 - Halesowen & Rowley Regis". Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  17. ^, Adult and Local Services, Cumbria County Council,. "District analysis". Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  18. ^ "Why won't Theresa May call out Donald Trump on climate change?". Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  19. ^ "Workington Magistrates Court saved". Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  20. ^ "Row over mail sent out by Workington election candidate". Retrieved 26 March 2018.

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