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Jennifer Chapman[1] (born 25 September 1973[2]) is a British Labour Party politician, who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Darlington since the2010 general election.

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Personal life[edit]Edit

Chapman was born in Surrey but moved to Darlington at a young age where she attended Hummersknott School and Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College,[2]before studying psychology at Brunel University, and later took an MA in archaeology at Durham University. She has worked as a prison psychologist..[3]

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Chapman worked as senior parliamentary researcher for Darlington Labour MP Alan Milburn. After a career break, she returned to politics at Darlington Borough Council when she was elected as borough councillor for the Cockerton West ward in 2007.[3]

In November 2009, Chapman was selected as one of four candidates to succeed Milburn as Labour's parliamentary candidate for Darlington on an open shortlist.[3] She was selected to stand for parliament by the local constituency party the following month. Chapman said: "This shows that the people of Darlington want to choose a Darlington person who will put the town first."[4] She was elected Darlington MP in the 2010 general election with a majority of 3,388.[5] As a result of her election victory, she decided to stand down as a councillor.[6]

Chapman made her maiden speech in Parliament on 7 June 2010, during which she asked for social network services to be regulated to stop pedophiles. She also backed the Building Schools for the Futureprogramme.[7] Chapman is also a Vice Chair of the Blairite organisation Progress

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