Knowledge Identifier: +Roberta_Blackman-Woods
Born in 1957.
Countries: United Kingdom (75%), (25%)
Linked to: Labour Party, University of Ulster, Constituency Labour Party, Northumbria University
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
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
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
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