Catherine West

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Catherine West
MP
Red rosette with a read and yellow centre, lettered "Catherine West"
Member of Parliament
for Hornsey and Wood Green
Assumed office
8 May 2015
Preceded by Lynne Featherstone
Majority 30,738 (49.3%)
Leader of Islington London Borough Council
In office
6 May 2010 – 10 October 2013
Deputy Paul Smith
Janet Burgess
Preceded by Terry Stacy
Succeeded by Richard Watts
Labour Party Group Leader
on Islington London Borough Council
In office
2004 – 10 October 2013
Preceded by Mary Creagh
Succeeded by Richard Watts
Personal details
Born (1966-09-14) 14 September 1966 (age 53)
Website Official website


Catherine West (born 14 September 1966) was first elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Hornsey and Wood Green in May 2015.

Political Career

From 2 May 2002 to 22 May 2014, West was a member of the Islington London Borough Council representing the Tollington Ward. She was leader of the council's Labour Party group from 2004 to 10 October 2013 and Council Leader from 6 May 2010 to 10 October 2013.

She was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Hornsey and Wood Green in the 2015 general election.

Following the election of Jeremy Corbyn as Leader of the Labour Party, Catherine was promoted to the Official Opposition Frontbench as a Shadow Foreign Office Minister.

During the 2016 EU membership referendum Campaign, West was involved with Britain Stronger In Europe, campaigning for the UK to remain within the European Union, arguing that "Britain would be stronger, more prosperous, more secure and more peaceful" if they were to remain within the EU. West's constituency of Hornsey and Wood Green secured the highest remain vote in the UK with 81.5% voting to remain.

In September 2016, she founded the All-Party Parliamentary Group on UK-EU Relations, that seeks to secure a positive and progressive relationship between Britain and the EU. This group has cross-party support with Green Party Leader Caroline Lucas, former Conservative Secretary of State for Education Nicky Morgan and Former Labour Higher Education Minister David Lammy among its elected officers.