Emily Thornberry
Emily Thornberry

Emily Thornberry

MP for Islington South and Finsbury

Emily’s Candidate Statement

“Dear Friends,

I believe I have the strength, experience and passion to take the fight back to the Tories now, and lead us on the long hard road to victory in five years.

When I was seven, my dad walked out, leaving us penniless. A Labour councillor came to our rescue and found us a council house. I joined the party as a teenager, canvassing and collecting subs on my own in Hammersmith.

Ever since, I’ve been on the front-line of the great battles we’ve fought together, from fighting the NF and representing striking miners, print-workers and sea-farers, to marching against Section 28, the Poll Tax and Iraq.

Since coming to Parliament in 2005, I’ve fought against 90 days detention, Climate Change and Universal Credit, and campaigned for human rights, social care and peace.

I’ve led the charge as Shadow Foreign Secretary against Trump and the war in Yemen and, for two years, shadowing Boris Johnson, I got the better of him every time.

Our greatest strength lies not just in our party’s history, values, or achievements in government, but from the army of union members, CLPs and student activists who’ve inspired all of that, and continue inspiring it today.

Our party is at its best when we’re listening to our members and answerable to them, and our best policies are driven by the experience of our members.

That’s the way I’d lead our party, lead the fight against Johnson, and lead us into power. By standing up and fighting back together.


Emily Thornberry was nominated by the following MPs and MEPs

  • Dawn Butler
  • Alex Davies-Jones
  • Nia Griffith
  • Fabian Hamilton
  • Meg Hillier
  • Gerald Jones
  • Afzal Khan
  • Khalid Mahmood
  • Rachael Maskell
  • James Murray
  • Charlotte Nichols
  • Chi Onwurah
  • Yasmin Qureshi
  • Matt Rodda
  • Naz Shah
  • Alex Sobel
  • Gareth Thomas
  • Emily Thornberry
  • Liz Twist
  • Julie Ward
  • Catherine West
  • Matthew Western
  • Nadia Whittome
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