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Preceded by  Ashok Kumar
Religion  Roman Catholic
Majority  2,248 (4.9%)
Name  Tom Blenkinsop

Political party  Labour
Role  Politician
Spouse(s)  Victoria Emtage
Party  Labour Party

Born  14 August 1980 (age 35) Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, England (1980-08-14)
Alma mater  Teesside University University of Warwick
Residence  Saltburn-by-the-Sea, United Kingdom
Education  University of Warwick, Teesside University
Similar People  Andy McDonald, Paul Blomfield, Clive Betts

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Thomas Francis Blenkinsop (born 14 August 1980) is a British Labour Party politician and former Member of Parliament (MP) for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland. On 18 April 2017, Blenkinsop announced that he would not be standing in the 2017 general election.


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Early life

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Born in Middlesbrough, and brought up in Marton, Blenkinsop attended St Augustine's RC Primary School in Coulby Newham and Newlands School FCJ, before attending St Mary's Sixth Form College in Saltersgill. He attended Teesside University graduating with a BSc in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, and the University of Warwick, where he was awarded an MA in Continental philosophy.

Political career

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Blenkinsop worked as a constituency researcher for Ashok Kumar, from 2002 until 2008, when he became a campaign manager for the Community Trade Union, until his election to parliament.

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He stood as a candidate for the 2010 general election after the sudden death of Kumar, taking the seat with a 1,677 majority.

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He was appointed to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee 2010-2012, the Standards and Privileges Committee 2010-2011, the Treasury Select Committee July 2011 - Nov 2011, and the Energy and Climate Change Committee 2015-2016. He was a Labour Party whip 2011-2015. As of April 2017, he is a member of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, the Committee on Standards and the Committee of Privileges.

In 2011, he was made honorary president of Guisborough Town F.C. an amateur football club in his constituency.

Blenkinsop supported Liz Kendall in the 2015 Labour Party leadership election and Owen Smith in the 2016 leadership election.

In 2016 a Labour Party member was suspended and investigated by the Police for allegedly threatening Blenkinsop who had called for the Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn to resign.

In January 2017, Blenkinsop took the final steps in signing up to the Army Reserve, in the Royal Military Police reserves. The following April, after Theresa May announced her intention for a general election to be held on 8 June 2017, Blenkinsop announced he was to stand down because he could not campaign for Labour while Jeremy Corbyn is party leader.

Personal life

He has been married to Victoria Emtage since 2007. They live in Saltburn.


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