Kate Green


Katherine Anne Green[1] OBE MP (born 2 May 1960)[2] is a British Labour Party politician serving as Member of Parliament (MP) for Stretford and Urmston since 2010, and has served as Shadow Secretary of State for Education since 2020.

Kate Green

Official portrait, 2017
Shadow Secretary of State for Education
Assumed office
27 June 2020
LeaderKeir Starmer
Preceded byRebecca Long-Bailey
Shadow Minister for Child Poverty Strategy
In office
9 April 2020  27 June 2020
LeaderKeir Starmer
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byKaren Buck
Chairman of the Committee on Standards
In office
15 October 2018  6 May 2020
Preceded bySir Kevin Barron
Succeeded byChris Bryant
Chairman of the Committee of Privileges
In office
15 October 2018  1 June 2020
Preceded bySir Kevin Barron
Succeeded byChris Bryant
Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities
In office
14 September 2015  27 June 2016
LeaderJeremy Corbyn
Preceded byGloria De Piero
Succeeded byAngela Rayner
Shadow Minister for Disabled People
In office
7 October 2013  14 September 2015
LeaderEd Miliband
Preceded byAnne McGuire
Succeeded byDebbie Abrahams
Member of Parliament
for Stretford and Urmston
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded byBeverley Hughes
Majority16,417 (32.8%)
Personal details
Born
Katherine Anne Green

(1960-05-02) 2 May 1960 (age 61)
Edinburgh, Scotland
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)
Richard Duncan Mabb
(m. 1985; div. 2006)
Alma materUniversity of Edinburgh
WebsiteOfficial website

She was Shadow Minister of State for Disabled People under Ed Miliband from 2013 to 2015. After Jeremy Corbyn became Leader of the Opposition in 2015, she was appointed to the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities. She served in this position until she resigned in June 2016 to lead Owen Smith’s unsuccessful challenge for the leadership of the Labour Party. She later chaired the Committee of Privileges and the Committee on Standards from 2018 to 2020. She returned to the Shadow Cabinet under Sir Keir Starmer as Shadow Education Secretary in June 2020, replacing Rebecca Long-Bailey.

Early life


Green was born in Edinburgh, to Jessie Craig (née Bruce) and Maurice Green, who was Jewish.[3] She attended Currie High School and the University of Edinburgh, graduating with a Bachelor of Laws degree.[1][4]

Career


After university, Green began a career at Barclays Bank, working for the organisation from 1982 to 1997. From 1997 to 1999 she worked as a Whitehall and Industry Group secondee to the Home Office.

Green was employed as Director of the National Council for One Parent Families between 2000 and 2004, then taking up the post of Chief Executive of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) until 2009. Alongside this, Green was a member, then chair, of the London Child Poverty Commission from 2006 to 2009.

Green also served as a magistrate in the City of London between 1993 and 2009.[1][4]

Green joined the Labour Party in 1990 and stood unsuccessfully in the 1997 General Election as the candidate for the Greater London constituency of Cities of London and Westminster. She contested the 2000 London Assembly election in the West Central constituency, again not being elected.[4]

Parliamentary career


In 2009, Green was selected as the candidate for Stretford and Urmston through an all-women shortlist following Beverley Hughes's announcement that she would not be seeking re-election.[5] She was elected as Member of Parliament on 6 May 2010, securing 48.6% of the vote and increasing the majority Hughes gained in the 2005 general election.

Since entering Parliament, Green has been elected as a Vice-Chair of the Labour Party's National Policy Forum and served as the chairman of the Women's Parliamentary Labour Party.[6][7]

In November 2011, Green was criticised for failing to declare an interest when tabling an amendment to a bill. Green had neglected to mention her membership of the GMB trade union when attempting to amend the Legal Aid Bill.[8] In a statement in Parliament Green apologised, saying: "I was advised on those amendments by the GMB trade union. My entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests makes clear my membership of and relationship with that union, but I regret that I did not draw attention to that last week in the Chamber because the amendments did not relate specifically to the union, but to the rights of individual employees." The Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, accepted Green's apology, describing it as "most courteous" and insisting that the matter had been resolved.[9]

In February 2012, Green complained about a beer sold in the House of Commons Stranger's Bar, called Top Totty. The advertising plate on the pump handle featured an image of a bikini-clad bunny girl, which Green said "demeaned women". Leader of the House Sir George Young upheld her complaint and had the beer removed.[10] The beer, brewed in Stafford by Slater's, had been recommended to the House in 2007 by Labour MP for Stafford David Kidney after a visit to Slater's Brewery.[10][11]

Green was re-elected in the 2015 general election on an increased voter turnout, managing to increase both the Labour Party's share and majority.

Green became chair of Owen Smith's leadership campaign challenging Jeremy Corbyn in the 2016 leadership election.[12] Green wrote in the New Statesman in September 2016: "Even when Jeremy gets that there's a problem, his solutions too often reinforce rather than address the root causes of gender inequality".[13]

Kate Green is a member of Labour Friends of Israel.[14]

Green held her seat at the 2017 and 2019 general elections.[15]

Frontbench Opposition career

Following a reshuffle of Labour's shadow ministerial team in October 2011, Green was promoted to shadow Minister of State for Equalities at the Government Equalities Office, working alongside Yvette Cooper.[16][17]

Following a reshuffle of Labour's shadow ministerial team in October 2013, Green became Shadow Minister for Disabled People.[18]

Following Jeremy Corbyn's election as Leader of the Labour Party, Green was promoted again to the Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet serving as Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities.[19] In a March 2016 speech, Corbyn advocated the decriminalisation of the sex industry, to which Green commented "without any discussion or consultation with his shadow cabinet, with me as his shadow minister for women and equalities, with women in the PLP or, to the best of my knowledge, with anyone in the wider Labour Party".[13] She resigned from this position on 27 June 2016.[20]

In April 2020, Green was appointed as Shadow Minister for Child Poverty Strategy by new party leader Keir Starmer.[21] In June 2020, she was appointed as Shadow Education Secretary, replacing Rebecca Long-Bailey.[22]

Parliamentary Committees

Green has been a member of the Work and Pensions Select Committee, European Scrutiny Committee, Justice Select Committee, Committee of Privileges, Commons Select Committee on Standards (which she chaired from October 2018 to November 2019 and January 2020 to May 2020), the Home Affairs Select Committee, and the Liaison Committee.[23]

All-party Parliamentary Groups

Green is an officer of the following All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs), as of May 2020:[24]

  • Migration (chair)
  • Gypsies, Roma, and Travellers (chair)
  • Women in the Penal System (chair)
  • Learning Disability (vice-chair)
  • Legal Aid (vice-chair)
  • Srebrenica (vice-chair)
  • Valproate and other Anti-Epileptic Drugs in Pregnancy (vice-chair)
  • Dalits (treasurer)

Personal life and honours


Green married Richard Duncan Mabb in 1985; the couple divorced in 2006.[4][25] Her recreations include theatre, books, food and swimming.[25]

She is a member of the GMB and Unite trade unions, the Fawcett Society, the Fabian Society (which she chaired from 2016 to 2018), and CPAG.[26][4]

She is a past trustee of the Friends Provident Foundation, Institute for Fiscal Studies, Family and Parenting Institute, Avenues Youth Project, and End Child Poverty.[27]

Green was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for "services to welfare work" as part of the 2005 New Year Honours, where her work in the CPAG and membership of the National Employment Panel was recognised.[28][27]

Selected bibliography


  • Green, Kate; Bergmann, Barbara; Himmelweit, Susan F.; Albelda, Randy P.; Women's Committee of One Hundred; Koren, Charlotte (July 2004). "Lone mothers: What is to be done?". Feminist Economics. 10 (2): 237–264. doi:10.1080/1354570042000217793. S2CID 154744396.

References


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