Toby Perkins

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Toby Perkins
MP
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Official Parliamentary portrait, June 2017
Shadow Minister for the Armed Forces
In office
14 September 2015 – 27 June 2016
Leader Jeremy Corbyn
Preceded by Alison Seabeck
Shadow Minister for Small Business
In office
7 October 2011 – 14 September 2015
Leader Edward Miliband
Preceded by Chuka Umunna
Succeeded by Bill Esterson
Member of Parliament
for Chesterfield
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Paul Holmes
Majority 9,605 (20.0%)
Personal details
Born (1970-08-12) 12 August 1970 (age 49)
Website Official


Matthew Toby Perkins (born 12 August 1970) has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Chesterfield since 2010 general election, gaining the seat from Liberal Democrat Paul Holmes.

Upon the election of Jeremy Corbyn as Leader of the Labour Party in 2015, Perkins was appointed as a Shadow Minister in the Shadow Defence Team. He also campaigned for the UK to remain a member of the European Union ahead of the EU Referendum on 23 June 2016.

Parliamentary career

Perkins' defeat of Chesterfield's sitting Liberal Democrat MP, Paul Holmes, saw him overturn a majority of 3,000 to win by 549 votes despite a national swing against the Labour Party. Perkins was largely elected owing to retention of the existing Labour vote, as there was a 7.5% swing towards the Conservative party in the constituency with Labour making a net gain of 61 votes in comparison to 2005.

Under Edward Miliband, he became the first of the 2010 intake of new members to speak from the front bench when becoming a Shadow Education Minister in September 2010 under Andy Burnham. He was moved into the Shadow Business team as Shadow Minister for Enterprise and Small Business in 2011, under Chuka Umunna. As Shadow Business Minister he was responsible for Labour's policies on Access to Finance, Small Businesses, Regulation/ de-regulation, Insolvency, Procurement, Pubs and the High Street. He was elected to the Communities and Local Government Select Committee. Douglas Alexander appointed him one of three Labour Party Deputy Chairs in July 2014 for the 2015 General Election campaign alongside Gloria De Piero and Jonathan Ashworth. He had previously run Labour's by election campaign in Wythenshawe and Sale East. He also worked on by election campaigns in Corby, Bradford West and Eastleigh.