Emily Thornberry Biography, Emily Thornberry Wiki
Emily Anne Thornberry is a British politician who has served in the Shadow Cabinet of Jeremy Corbyn as Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs since 2016 and Shadow First Secretary of State since 2017. She was a candidate for Leader of the Labour Party in the 2020 leadership election.
Emily Anne Thornberry Quick Bio
Thornberry was born in Guildford, Surrey on 27 July 1960. Her parents were Sallie Thornberry, a teacher, and Cedric Thornberry, at the time teaching international law at the London School of Economics, and later a United Nations Assistant Secretary-General. When Thornberry was seven, her parents divorced and she had to leave their home with her mother and two brothers. After this, she relied on free school meals and food parcels, and their cats were euthanised to save money. Her mother later became a Labour councillor and mayor, and her father stood as the Labour candidate for Guildford in the 1966 general election.
She failed the eleven-plus exam, so attended a secondary modern school. She left to live with her father when she was fifteen until he left without warning to work for the United Nations when she was seventeen. She worked as a cleaner and a barmaid in London alongside resitting her O-Levels and taking her A-Levels. She went on to study law at the University of Kent in Canterbury, graduating in 1982. She was called to the Bar at Gray’s Inn and practised as a barrister specialising in human rights law from 1985 to 2005 under Michael Mansfield at Tooks Chambers.
Thornberry joined the Transport and General Workers’ Union in 1985.
Thornberry has lived in Islington since the early 1990s. In July 1991 she married fellow barrister Christopher Nugee, of Wilberforce Chambers, in Tower Hamlets, and they have two sons and a daughter. Nugee later became a Queen’s Counsel, then a High Court Judge, when he was knighted, at which point Thornberry became entitled to be styled Lady Nugee, although she does not use the title. Since 1993 they have lived on Richmond Crescent, Barnsbury, where Tony Blair also lived until the 1997 general election, moving in on the same day as the Blairs. Thornberry also part-owns properties in Guildford and South London; her property portfolio “is believed to be worth £4.6 million.”
In April 2005, it was reported that Thornberry had sent her son to the partially selective Dame Alice Owen’s state school 14 miles (23 km) from her home and outside her constituency. The school was formerly based in Islington and still reserves ten per cent of its places for Islington pupils. The Labour Party opposes selection and Thornberry was widely criticised over the issue as a result. Chris Woodhead, the former chief inspector of schools, said: “I celebrate her good sense as a parent and deplore her hypocrisy as a politician. When will those who espouse the virtues of comprehensive education apply the logic of their political message to their children?” Later, Thornberry’s daughter attended the same school.
Emily Thornberry Labour Leadership Race
Emily Thornberry was last night knocked out of the Labour leadership race.
The Shadow Foreign Secretary failed to garner enough nominations from local Labour branches to go forward to a vote of party members.
She needed 33 constituency parties to nominate her but had reached only 31.
It means only three candidates will go forward – Sir Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy.
The website CLP Nominations said: ‘It appears no longer possible for Emily Thornberry to achieve sufficient CLP (Constituency Labour Party) support to get onto the ballot.’
Current leader Mr Corbyn confirmed he would step down at his election count in December as his party faced its worst performance in terms of seats since 1935.
There is also a contest running for the next deputy leader of the party, following Tom Watson’s resignation in December.
All five candidates who put themselves forward made the ballot: shadow education secretary Angela Rayner, shadow justice secretary Richard Burgon, shadow equalities minister Dawn Butler, Scotland’s only remaining Labour MP Ian Murray and Tooting MP Rosena Allin-Khan.
Fast Facts You Need to Know
- Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry will not be the next Labour leader
- She failed to secure the backing of 33 constituency parties needed to continue
- Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy will go onto the next stage
- The winner of the contest to replace Jeremy Corbyn will be announced on April 4