Chris Leslie (politician)

Christopher Leslie
Member of Parliament
for Nottingham East
Incumbent
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by John Heppell
Majority 6,969 (21%)
Member of Parliament
for Shipley
In office
1 May 1997 – 5 May 2005
Preceded by Marcus Fox
Succeeded by Philip Davies
Personal details
Born 28 June 1972 (1972-06-28) (age 39)
Keighley, West Yorkshire, England
Nationality British
Political party Labour/Labour Co-operative
Spouse(s) Nicola Murphy
Alma mater University of Leeds
Website www.chrisleslie.org

Christopher Michael Leslie (28 June 1972) is a British Labour Co-operative politician, who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Nottingham East since 2010. He was formerly the MP for Shipley from 1997 to 2005, and a minister in the Department for Constitutional Affairs from 2001 to 2005. He has previously worked as the director of the New Local Government Network.[1][2][3]

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Early life

Born in Keighley, Leslie went to Bingley Grammar School. At the University of Leeds, he gained a BA in Politics & Parliamentary Studies in 1994 and an MA in Industrial and Labour Studies in 1996. From 1994 to 1996 he was an office administrator, then was a political research assistant in Bradford from 1996-97.[1][4]

Parliamentary career 1997–2005

Leslie won the seat in the 1997 general election by beating Marcus Fox, a senior figure in the Conservative Party. He held his seat in 2001, but lost it to Philip Davies in 2005. In Parliament, he was Parliamentary Private Secretary to Lord Falconer for three and a half years. After winning re-election in 2001, he served in various junior minister roles, eventually spending nearly two years as Parliamentary under secretary in the Department for Constitutional Affairs.

He was the Baby of the House, entering the Commons a month before his 25th birthday. He was a junior minister at the Cabinet Office shortly before his 30th birthday.[1][5]

Regularly called a Blairite by multiple news services, including the BBC and Telegraph, Leslie never rebelled against a Government position.[3]

Out of Parliament, 2005–2010

Leslie led Gordon Brown's successful (though uncontested) campaign for leadership of the Labour Party.[6][7] Between 2005 and 2010, he was the director of the New Local Government Network, which was described by the Daily Telegraph as a "Blairite policy think-tank."[5] On 14 April 2010, he was selected as the Parliamentary Candidate for Nottingham East in the General Election campaign.

Return to Parliament

In the 2010 General Election Christopher Leslie returned to Parliament representing Nottingham East, taking over from John Heppell.

Personal life

In February 2005, he was married to Nicola Murphy, a special advisor to Gordon Brown, in Westminster, [8] having got engaged the previous year.[9]

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Marcus Fox
Member of Parliament for Shipley
19972005
Succeeded by
Philip Davies
Preceded by
John Heppell
Member of Parliament for Nottingham East
2010–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Matthew Taylor
Baby of the House
1997 – 2000
Succeeded by
David Lammy

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