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Rebecca Long-Bailey

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Rebecca Long-Bailey

Long-Bailey in 2017
Shadow Secretary of State for Education
In office
6 April 2020 – 25 June 2020
LeaderKeir Starmer
Preceded byAngela Rayner
Succeeded byKate Green
Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
In office
9 February 2017 – 6 April 2020
LeaderJeremy Corbyn
Preceded byClive Lewis
Succeeded byEd Miliband
Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury
In office
27 June 2016 – 9 February 2017
LeaderJeremy Corbyn
Preceded bySeema Malhotra
Succeeded byPeter Dowd
Shadow Minister for the Treasury
In office
18 September 2015 – 27 June 2016
LeaderJeremy Corbyn
Member of Parliament
for Salford and Eccles
Assumed office
7 May 2015[1]
Preceded byHazel Blears
Majority16,327 (32.3%)
Personal details
Rebecca Roseanne Long

(1979-09-22) 22 September 1979 (age 44)
Old Trafford, Greater Manchester, England
Political partyLabour (2010–present)
Spouse(s)Stephen Bailey
Alma materManchester Metropolitan University
WebsiteOfficial website

Rebecca Roseanne Long-Bailey (born 22 September 1979) is a British Labour Party politician. She has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Salford and Eccles since the 2015 general election.

She was the Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in Jeremy Corbyn's Shadow Cabinet from February 2017 to April 2020, losing the position when Keir Starmer became the leader of the party.

In January 2020, Long-Bailey announced her candidacy for Leader of the Labour Party in the 2020 leadership election.[2] She came in second place with 135,218 votes, representing 27.6% of the total overall votes. The winner of the election was Keir Starmer.[3]

Long-Bailey became Shadow Secretary of State for Education in Keir Starmer's Shadow Cabinet in April 2020. Keir Starmer later sacked her from the Shadow Cabinet in June 2020, saying she shared an article containing an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory. The claim came from an article retweeted by Long-Bailey that was an interview with English actress and Labour supporter Maxine Peake in The Independent. In one line of the article Peake said "The tactics used by the police in America, kneeling on George Floyd's neck, that was learnt from seminars with Israeli secret services." Long-Bailey said that she shared the article because of Peake's significant achievements "and because the thrust of her argument is to stay in the Labour Party" but she did not endorse "all aspects of it".[4]


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  1. "Parliamentary career for Rebecca Long Bailey". UK Parliament. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  2. "Rebecca Long-Bailey enters Labour leadership race". Evening Standard. 2020-01-06. Retrieved 2020-01-06.
  3. "New Labour leader Keir Starmer vows to lead party into 'new era'". BBC News. 4 April 2020. Retrieved 9 July 2020.
  4. "Labour's Rebecca Long-Bailey sacked in anti-Semitism row". BBC News. 25 June 2020. Retrieved 9 July 2020.