Roberta Blackman-Woods

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Roberta Blackman-Woods

British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament for the City of Durham since 2005 add

Category: Politics

Born in 1957.

Countries: United Kingdom (75%), (25%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Gordon Brown, Ed Miliband, House of Commons of the United Kingdom

Linked to: Labour Party, University of Ulster, Constituency Labour Party, Northumbria University




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Roberta Blackman-Woods was born in 1957 add something


Professor "'Roberta Carol Blackman-Woods"' is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament for the City of Durham since 2005 add something


In 2004 Blackman-Woods was selected as the Labour candidate for the City of Durham constituency through a controversial All-Women Shortlist add something


Elected with a majority of 3,274, Blackman-Woods made her maiden speech to the House of Commons on 24 May 2005, in which she referred to the work of her predecessor Gerry Steinberg, as well as referring at length to the importance to Durham of Durham Cathedral, the University of Durham and the historic legacy of mining within the area add something


In 2006 she became the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Hilary Armstrong add something


This post lasted until Hilary Armstrong was returned to the backbenches when Gordon Brown became Prime Minister, but she was appointed PPS to the Secretary of State for Defence, Des Browne, in 2007 add something


Blackman-Woods was appointed Shadow Minister for Business in June 2010, before being moved to shadow the Civil Society Minister by new Labour Leader Ed Miliband in October 2010 add something


In the October 2011 shadow cabinet re-shuffle Roberta was moved to Shadow Minister in Communities and Local Government covering planning policy and procurement add something


She resigned from the front bench in June 2016 claiming loss of confidence in the Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, but subsequently rejoined when Corbyn got reelected add something


Office vacant from June to October 2016 add something


On 3 July 2017 she was appointed as a Shadow International Development Minister by Corbyn add something