Christopher Leslie

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BornChristopher Michael Leslie
28 June 1972
Keighley, England
Alma materUniversity of Leeds
SpouseNicola Murphy
PartyLabour, Change UK
Labour MP who quit and joined Change UK in protest at the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn

Employment.png Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
11 May 2015 - 12 September 2015
Succeeded byJohn McDonnell

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In office
7 October 2013 - 11 May 2015
Preceded byRachel Reeves

Employment.png Member of Parliament for Nottingham East

In office
6 May 2010 - Present

Christopher Michael Leslie is a British politician who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Shipley from 1997 to 2005 and Nottingham East from 2010 to 2019. A former member of the Labour Party, he defected to form Change UK and later became an independent politician.

Born in Keighley, Leslie was educated at Bingley Grammar School and graduated from the University of Leeds with a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Parliamentary Studies and a Master of Arts in Industrial and Labour Studies. After working as an office administrator and political researcher, he was elected to Parliament for Shipley aged 24 at the 1997 general election.

Leslie was a minister in the Department for Constitutional Affairs from 2001 to 2005 but lost his seat at the 2005 general election. He was director of the New Local Government Network think-tank from 2005 until being elected for Nottingham East at the 2010 general election.

Between May and September 2015, Leslie was Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer in the shadow cabinet of acting Labour leader Harriet Harman. In 2018, he lost a motion of no confidence by his constituency party. In February 2019, Leslie left Labour alongside six other MPs in protest at the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn to form The Independent Group, later Change UK. He lost the Nottingham East constituency to the Labour candidate Nadia Whittome in the November 2019 general election.[1]

In July 2020, Leslie was appointed chief executive of the Credit Services Association, the trade association of the UK debt collection and purchase industry.[2]

Early life (1972–1997)

Leslie was born in Keighley, West Riding of Yorkshire, and attended Bingley Grammar School before becoming a student at the University of Leeds, graduating in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Parliamentary Studies. From 1994 to 1996, he was an office administrator and gained a Master of Arts in Industrial and Labour Studies in 1996, afterwards becoming a political research assistant in Bradford. He was elected to Parliament a month before his 25th birthday.[3][4]



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