Emily Thornberry

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Emily Thornberry

British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament for Islington South and Finsbury since 2005 add

Category: Politics

Born in 1960.

Countries: United Kingdom (56%), Syria (16%), (16%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Islington South and Finsbury (UK Parliament constituency), House of Commons of the United Kingdom, Ed Miliband

Linked to: Islington South and Finsbury, Labour Party, University of Kent, King's College London




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Emily Thornberry was born in 1960 add something


"'Emily Anne Thornberry"' is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament for Islington South and Finsbury since 2005 add something


In the late 1980s she became friends with Waheed Alli, and persuaded him to join the Labour Party add something


She went on to practice as a barrister specialising in human rights law from 1985 to 2005 under Michael Mansfield at Tooks Chambers add something


Thornberry joined the Transport and General Workers Union in 1985 add something


Thornberry has lived in Islington since the early 1990s add something


She married Christopher Nugee QC of Wilberforce Chambers in July 1991 in the borough of Tower Hamlets add something


Since 1993 she has lived on Richmond Crescent, where Tony Blair lived until the 1997 general election, moving in on the same day that the Blairs moved in add something


In the 2001 general election she stood for Parliament in Canterbury and was defeated by the Conservative incumbent, Julian Brazier by a margin of over 2,000 votes add something


Following the retirement of Chris Smith, Thornberry was selected as the Labour candidate for Islington South and Finsbury at the 2005 general election through an all women shortlist of prospective candidates add something


In Parliament, she has been a member of the Environmental Audit Committee and was on the Communities & Local Government Select Committee in the 2005-10 Parliament add something


In April 2005 it emerged that Thornberry had sent her son to the selective Dame Alice Owen's School fourteen miles away from her home and outside her constituency add something


Thornberry made her maiden speech in the House of Commons on 24 May 2005 add something


In 2006, Thornberry introduced the Housing Association Bill - a Private member's bill which sought to improve the control of housing association residents over their landlords add something


In 2006, Thornberry won the ePolitix Award for Environment Champion of the Year after being nominated by WWF. add something


Though normally voting with the Whip, Thornberry has voted against the Government on national security matters, regarding the detention of terror suspects without charge for 90 days in the Terrorism Act 2006, on the same matter for 42 days in the Counter-Terrorism Bill 2008, and against the renewal of Trident add something


This was denied by the Metropolitan Police as 'speculation', pointing out that out of a borough population of 180,000, only 750 people under 18 had reported being the victims of mugging in 2007 add something


Following her intervention, she was nominated for Stonewall Politician of the Year 2008 add something


In 2008, she helped to organise the votes of progressive MPs in the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Bill add something


In March 2008, Thornberry claimed that almost every child in Islington had been mugged at some stage add something


In 2009 Thornberry was made a ministerial aide in the Department of Energy & Climate Change and attended the Copenhagen Summit in December that year with Joan Ruddock and Ed Miliband add something


After the 2010 general election, Thornberry was promoted to Shadow Minister for the Department of Energy and Climate Change, under Ed Miliband add something


In May 2010, Thornberry was re-elected as MP for Islington South and Finsbury with an increased majority, in a seat identified as the Liberal Democrats top target in England for the 2010 election add something


Thornberry was appointed Shadow Attorney General in October 2011, and attends Shadow Cabinet meetings add something


Marriage Bill 2012-2013 add something


On 5 February 2013 she voted in favour in the House of Commons Second Reading vote on marriage equality in Britain add something


Thornberry resigned her Shadow Cabinet position on 20 November 2014, shortly after the polls closed in the Rochester and Strood by-election add something


Jamie Reed - Reed famously helped out his party leader, Ed Miliband, who declared he felt "respect" on seeing a white van, following Emily Thornberry's "White Van Gate" tweet prior to the Rochester and Strood by-election, 2014 result, stating during PMQs: "When I see a white van, I wonder whether it's my father or my brother who is driving"


In 2015 Thornberry clashed with Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, over the proposed redevelopments of the Royal Mail site at Mount Pleasant and the Clerkenwell Fire Station, both in her constituency add something


On 19 March 2015, Thornberry led a parliamentary debate on proposals to tackle the wage gap by passing new legislation add something


In September 2015 she was appointed Shadow Minister for Employment by the new Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn add something


On being appointed by Jeremy Corbyn to the position of Shadow Spokesman on Defence in January 2016, Thornberry was interviewed by the British Forces Broadcasting Service add something


She has served as Shadow Secretary of State for Defence since January 2016 add something


She was promoted to Shadow Defence Secretary in January 2016, replacing Maria Eagle add something


She was later appointed as Shadow "Brexit Secretary" in July 2016 add something


In September 2016, whilst serving as shadow foreign minister, Thornberry was asked to name the French foreign minister add something


Following the June 2017 general election, she was appointed the additional role of Shadow First Secretary of State add something


In 2018 May Thornberry said Support for Syria's president, Bashar al-Assad, has been underestimated in the West add something


In May 2018 Thornberry said support for Syria's president, Bashar al-Assad, has been underestimated in the West add something


In October 2018 Thornberry criticized Theresa May's government's response to Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance as 'too little, too late' add something


John Bercow - On March 27 2018, he told off Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, for referring to Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry as Baroness Nugee, stating that "it was quite frankly sexist", to which he was met with applause from MPs in the House of Commons


" In early 2019, when $ Brunei implemented Islamic law in their country , Thornberry took a leading role protesting against Brunei at a street rally outside the Dorchester Hotel in London add something