Jonathan Ashworth

Jonathan Michael Graham Ashworth (born 14 October 1978) is a British politician serving as Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions since 2021. A member of the Labour and Co-operative parties, he has been Member of Parliament (MP) for Leicester South since 2011.

Jonathan Ashworth
Official portrait, 2020
Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
Assumed office
29 November 2021
LeaderKeir Starmer
Preceded byJonathan Reynolds
Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care[1]
In office
7 October 2016  29 November 2021
LeaderJeremy Corbyn
Keir Starmer
Preceded byDiane Abbott
Succeeded byWes Streeting
Shadow Minister without Portfolio
In office
14 September 2015  7 October 2016
LeaderJeremy Corbyn
Preceded byJon Trickett
Succeeded byAndrew Gwynne
Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office
In office
7 October 2013  14 September 2015
LeaderEd Miliband
Deputy Chairman of the National Executive Committee
In office
11 July 2013  7 October 2016
LeaderEd Miliband
Harriet Harman (Acting)
Jeremy Corbyn
Preceded byTom Watson
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Member of Parliament
for Leicester South
Assumed office
5 May 2011
Preceded byPeter Soulsby
Majority22,675 (45.2%)
Personal details
Born
Jonathan Michael Graham Ashworth

(1978-10-14) 14 October 1978 (age 43)
Salford, Greater Manchester, England
Political partyLabour and Co-operative
Spouse(s)
Emilie Oldknow
(m. 2010)
Children2
Alma materDurham University
WebsiteOfficial website

Prior to his election to Parliament, Ashworth worked as an adviser to Gordon Brown and head of party relations for Ed Miliband.[2] He was first elected at a by-election in 2011, following the resignation of his predecessor Peter Soulsby.

In October 2016, Ashworth was appointed Shadow Health Secretary by party leader Jeremy Corbyn, shadowing Jeremy Hunt and later Matt Hancock alongside the Shadow Minister for Social Care Barbara Keeley.[3][4] In April 2020, Ashworth was reappointed to the position by new leader Keir Starmer, gaining the additional shadow portfolio of social care in England. In 2021, Ashworth was appointed Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary and was succeeded by Wes Streeting.


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