Sarah Champion

Sarah Deborah Champion (born 10 July 1969)[2] is a British Labour Party politician who has served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Rotherham since 2012.

Sarah Champion

Official portrait, 2019
Chair of the International Development Select Committee
Assumed office
29 January 2020
Preceded byStephen Twigg
Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities[1]
In office
6 October 2016  16 August 2017
LeaderJeremy Corbyn
Preceded byAngela Rayner
Succeeded byDawn Butler
Member of Parliament
for Rotherham
Assumed office
29 November 2012
Preceded byDenis MacShane
Majority3,121 (8.7%)
Personal details
Born
Sarah Deborah Champion

(1969-07-10) 10 July 1969 (age 52)
Maldon, England
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)
Graham Hoyland
(m. 1999; div. 2007)
Alma materUniversity of Sheffield
WebsiteOfficial website

Champion studied Psychology at Sheffield University. Before entering Parliament, she ran art workshops and was employed as the Chief Executive of a children's hospice in Rotherham. Champion was first elected to Parliament at the 2012 by-election.

Champion was appointed by Jeremy Corbyn as Shadow Minister for Preventing Abuse in September 2015, but resigned in June 2016, following a vote of no confidence in Corbyn. However, she returned to the frontbench in July 2016. In October 2016, she was promoted to the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities.[3] In August 2017, Champion resigned from her post following criticism of an opinion piece she wrote for The Sun that discussed what she termed the problem of white girls being raped and exploited by British Pakistani men, and which fellow Labour MP Naz Shah described as "incendiary and irresponsible".