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Emma Lewell-Buck

Emma Lewell-Buck
Member of Parliament
for South Shields
Assumed office
2 May 2013
Preceded by David Miliband
Majority 10,614 (29.3%)
Personal details
Born (1978-11-08) 8 November 1978 [1]
South Shields, England
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Simon
Alma mater Northumbria University
Durham University

Emma Louise Lewell-Buck (born 8 November 1978) is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament for South Shields since winning a by-election in 2013.[2] She is South Shields' first ever female MP.[1][3]

Early life

From a family of shipyard workers, Lewell-Buck was born in South Shields. She is a direct descendant of William Wouldhave, the inventor of the lifeboat.[4] Lewell-Buck studied politics and media studies at Northumbria University,[1] before gaining a Master's degree in social work from Durham University.

As a social worker, she specialised in child protection, and has represented the Primrose ward in Jarrow as a South Tyneside councillor since 2004.[1]

Parliamentary career

Lewell-Buck won the safe Labour seat of South Shields with a reduced majority at a 2013 by-election following David Miliband's decision to leave Parliament.[5]

In June 2013, she was added to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee replacing Thomas Docherty.[6] In October 2013 she was appointed Private Parliamentary Secretary to Ivan Lewis MP, Labour's shadow Northern Ireland Secretary.

In 2014, she claimed that some people were "having to bury their relatives in their back gardens" as she proposed a Funeral Services Bill intended to require funeral providers to offer a low-cost option[7]

In July 2015, she was elected as a member of the Work and Pensions Select Committee.[8]

Hunger and Food Poverty

Lewell-Buck joined the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) chaired by Frank Field and the Bishop of Truro. The group launched an inquiry into the root causes behind hunger, food poverty and the rise in demand of food banks across the UK, and published its final report in the House of Commons on the 8th of December 2014. After the report Lewell-Buck said in Parliament "Food poverty is a clear consequence of the Government's ideological assault on the social safety net and the people who rely on it. One hungry person is a complete disgrace, but thousands of hungry people are a national disaster."[9]

Jobs Fairs

During Lewell-Buck's election campaign she stated that helping to bring jobs to those who were unemployed in South Shields was a priority. She organised a jobs fair in her constituency in November 2013 promoting over 1000 jobs, which was repeated in November 2014 after she pledged to make it into an annual event.[10]


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External links

  • Emma Lewell-Buck's councillor home page
  • Emma Lewell-Buck's homepage
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
David Miliband
Member of Parliament for
South Shields

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