Elizabeth Louise Kendall (born 11 June 1971)[1] is a British Labour Party politician who, selected from an all-women shortlist, has been the Member of Parliament for Leicester West since 2010.


 [hide*1 Early life and career

Early life and career[edit]Edit

Kendall grew up in the village of Abbots Langley in Hertfordshire and attended Watford Grammar School for Girls. She then went up to Queens' College, Cambridge, graduating with a first in history in 1993.

Unsuccessful in an attempt to become the Labour candidate in Chesterfield for the 2001 general election,[3] she has worked as Director of the Maternity Alliance charity, as a researcher for the King's Fund, as an associate director for health, social care and children’s early years at the IPPR and has been aspecial adviser to two cabinet ministers,[4] Patricia Hewitt and Harriet Harman.[5]

Parliamentary career[edit]Edit

On 26 May 2010 Kendall posted a picture of the previous day's state opening of parliament on the microblogging website Twitter, in contravention of parliamentary rules.[6] She apologised, saying that she was unaware of the regulations.

She made her maiden speech in the debate "Tackling Poverty in the UK" on 10 June 2010.[7]

In 2011, she was made the Shadow Minister for Care and Older People by Ed Miliband, entitling her to attend meetings of the Shadow Cabinet, though not as a full member.[8] On 12 February 2013 she gave a speech on health care reform at the National Health Service.[9] On 18 October of the same year she promised to take action against 40 youths who were targeting a single family whose car they had burned twice.

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