Gavin Shuker

MP for Luton South

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Gavin was born in 1981 and grew up in Luton, with his father and grandfather working at the Vauxhall plant which dominated the town, and continues to produce vans to this day. He went to local state schools in the town, before receiving a bursary to study Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge.

Serving as a Member of Parliament is Gavin’s first job in politics. Prior to being elected, he worked for a local church. He is Patron to Stepping Stones, a charity dedicated to supporting women who have suffered abuse, or are affected by substance misuse, offending, or poor mental health; and serves as Chair of Luton Against Sexual Exploitation.

Serving on the Women and Equalities Committee and in the All Party Parliamentary Group on Prostitution, Gavin has been an outspoken advocate for ending sexual exploitation of women and girls and for strengthening the laws around human trafficking.

Outside of politics, Gavin enjoys travel, cooking and following Formula One. He has a young daughter and lives in Luton with his partner, Amy.

  • First elected as the MP for Luton South in 2010 at the age of 28
  • Increased his majority each subsequent election
  • Received nearly two-thirds of all votes cast in 2017
  • Appointed Shadow Minister for the Environment in his first term as an MP, in 2011
  • Made Shadow Minister for International Development in 2013
  • Served on the Women and Equalities Committee 2015-2019
  • Member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Prostitution, also since 2015
  • Became an Independent MP in February 2019

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