Labour’s Shadow Business, Innovation and Skills Team
Chuka Umunna MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills
A corporate employment law solicitor by profession, Chuka trained and practiced at the international City law firm Herbert Smith where he acted for businesses large and small, from global conglomerates to family run firms. He worked on commercial transactions and high value civil litigation. Later he worked at the central London law firm Rochman Landau, where he continued to act for businesses in addition to employees.
Following his election to Parliament, in June 2010 he was elected by fellow MPs to serve on the Treasury Select Committee and in October 2010 was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to Ed Miliband, Leader of the Labour Party. In May 2011, Chuka became Shadow Minister for Small Business and Enterprise in Labour’s Shadow Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) team, led by the Rt Hon John Denham MP.
In October 2011, Chuka was appointed to the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, replacing John Denham who announced his resignation from Shadow Cabinet.
Chuka has overall responsibility for the Shadow BIS Team.
Liam Byrne MP, Shadow Minister for Universities, Science and Skills
Liam Byrne was elected the Member of Parliament for Birmingham, Hodge Hill in 2004. In Westminster, Liam has served as a minister in the Home Office, Downing Street and HM Treasury and has been responsible for projects including the creation of the UK Border Agency, reorganising Number 10 for Gordon Brown, and drawing up Labour's deficit reduction plan for Alistair Darling. As the West Midlands' first regional minister he helped deliver £400 million for the new Birmingham New Street station. In Opposition, Liam has chaired Labour's policy review, led the Shadow DWP team and is now Shadow Minister for Universities, Science and Skills
Liam Byrne leads on higher and further education; science and research including the Research Councils; apprenticeships and skills.
Stella Creasy MP, Shadow Minister for Competition and Consumer Affairs
Stella was elected as MP for Walthamstow in May 2010. Prior to that, she was Head of Campaigns at the Scout Association, working to support young people across the country develop advocacy skills as well as being Deputy Director at the not-for-profit organisation Involve. In her time as a Councillor in the London Borough of Waltham Forest Stella also served as Mayor and Chief Whip.
Prior to joining the Shadow BIS Team in October 2013, Stella was Shadow Minister for Crime Prevention as part of the Home Affairs Team from 2011, having previously served as PPS to Andy Burnham as Shadow Secretary of State for Education and scrutinised government spending sitting on the Public Accounts Committee.
Within the Shadow BIS Team Stella has responsibility for competition and consumer policy including consumer protection; social enterprise; employee ownership and women in entrepreneurship.
Ian Murray MP, Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment
After graduating from the University of Edinburgh, Ian worked for the Royal Blind Asylum and then in various roles within the financial services sector. He was headhunted by an internet television station start up and worked as the firm’s Operations Director where he set-up a new TV studio and built production, marketing and events teams. He has also been a producer and a director in TV production.
Subsequently, he set up his own events management business, specialising in outdoor festivals as well as a business turning around distressed restaurants and public houses. He has acted as a consultant on risk assessment, employment, event management, sponsorship and licensing issues.
Before becoming a Shadow Minister in October 2011, Iain served on the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee and the Environmental Audit Committee. Within the Shadow Ministerial Team, Ian’s responsibilities include trade and investment, export licencing, postal affairs and employment relations.
Toby Perkins MP, Shadow Minister for Small Business
Before his election Toby was a Chesterfield Councillor and set up and ran his own small business supplying rugby clothing and equipment. He worked in the private sector for his entire career prior to entering Parliament.
Toby has also worked in recruitment and in a variety of other roles before setting up his own business. Following his election, Toby served as Shadow Minister for Children and Families and until November 2010 was a member of the Communities and Local Government Select Committee.
In his role as Shadow Minister for Small Business Toby is responsible for issues affecting small firms including access to finance, deregulation and better regulation, business support alongside regional growth and the work of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), the pub industry and the Insolvency Service.
Iain Wright MP, Shadow Minister for Industry
Iain Wright qualified as a chartered accountant with Deloitte, the global accountancy and professional services firm. He worked for the company for seven years before joining regional development agency One NorthEast, where his role included advising on governance and risk management. Prior to becoming MP for Hartlepool in 2004, Iain was also a Councillor on Hartlepool Borough Council, and held the performance management portfolio in the Council’s Cabinet.
He served in government as Minister for 14-19 Reform and Apprenticeships in the Department of Children, Schools and Families from June 2009 to May 2010 and was a shadow Education Minister before joining Labour’s Business, Innovation and Skills shadow team in October 2011.
Iain leads on business sectors including manufacturing, construction, life sciences and the low carbon economy; intellectual property and corporate governance.
Andy McDonald MP, Parliamentary Private Secretary to Chuka Umunna MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills
Andy McDonald was elected Member of Parliament for his home town of Middlesbrough in November 2012. A solicitor by profession, specialising in serious Injuries, he covered the north of England for his firm Thompson’s and was also their Head of Military Claims for members of the British Armed Forces. He acted as an adviser to the House of Commons Defence Select Committee for its 2003 report on armed forces pensions and compensation.
He has also served as both Chair and as Secretary of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers' Military Special Interest Group and was a founder member of The Royal British Legion's Solicitors Group. Andy is also a former councillor, a keen charity campaigner, formerly a school governor and currently a governor of Middlesbrough College.
In February 2013 he was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Emily Thornberry MP, Shadow Attorney General. In October 2013 was appointed to the Shadow BIS Team as PPS to Chuka Umunna MP and also serves on the Justice Select Committee.
Lord Wilf Stevenson, Shadow Minister for Business, Innovation and Skills
Wilf Stevenson joined the House of Lords in July 2010. He spent two years as a senior policy advisor in the 10 Downing Street Policy Unit between 2008 and 2010. Previously, he was a Director of the Smith Institute, an independent think tank and has also served as Director of the British Film Institute. Outside the House of Lords, he is Chair of the Consumer Credit Counselling Service, the UK’s leading debt advice charity.
Lord Stevenson is Labour’s spokesperson in the House of Lords on UK Trade and Investment, export licensing, inward investment and higher education.
Lord Tony Young, Shadow Minister for Business, Innovation and Skills
Tony Young entered the House of Lords in 2004 and served as a Minister in the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, and its predecessor the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills. He had responsibility for skills and apprenticeships between October 2008 and June 2009 and postal affairs and employment relations between June 2009 and May 2010. He has served in the Shadow BIS team since May 2010.
Tony was General Secretary of the National Communications Union between 1989 and 1995 and following its merger with the Union of Communication Workers was joint General Secretary of the Communication Workers Union between 1995 and 1998 and Senior Deputy General Secretary between 1998 and 2002, having originally joined the General Post Office as an apprentice. He is Vice Chair of the Ethical Trading Initiative and served as a BBC Governor from 1998 to 2002 and as President of the TUC between 2001 and 2002.
Lord Tony Young is Labour’s spokesperson in the House of Lords on Business, Innovation and Skills.
Baroness Dianne Hayter, Shadow Minister for Business, Innovation and Skills
Dianne Hayter was the General Secretary of the Fabian Society between 1976 and 1982 and Chief Executive of the European Parliamentary Labour Party during 1990 to 1996.
She was a member of the Financial Reporting Council's Board for Actuarial Standards, the Determinations Panel of The Pensions Regulator, the National Consumer Council and the Insolvency Practices Council. She chaired the Legal Services Consumer Panel and the Property Standards Board, and was vice chair of the Financial Services Consumer Panel.
Baroness Hayter joined Labour’s Business, Innovation and Skills team in 2012 as a spokesperson in the House of Lords, including on consumer and competition policy.
Advisers who support the work of Labour’s Business, Innovation and Skills Team:
Lord Andrew Adonis
Andrew Adonis served as Secretary of State for Transport from 2009 to 2010, having been a Minister in the Department for Transport, Department for Education and Skills and the Department for Children, Schools and Families. Previously, he was a journalist and academic and was a Number 10 Downing Street Advisor between 2000 and 2008. Lord Adonis is advising Labour’s Policy Review on industrial strategy.
Lord Paul Myners
Lord Myners served as Financial Services Secretary from 2008 to 2010, and has also served as a member of the Court of the Bank of England, a member of the Financial Reporting Council and Chairman of the Guardian Media Group, Marks and Spencer as well the Low Pay Commission. His background is in the financial services sector, having been Chief Executive of the Gartmore Group from 1985 to 1987 when he became Chairman, a position he held until 2001.
Lord Clive Hollick
Lord Hollick has a long and distinguished career in business, serving as Chief Executive of United News and Media and previously a number of leadership positions in media firm Mills & Allen International. He is a former Managing Director and Partner of private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, and has served as a Special Adviser to Margaret Beckett and Peter Mandelson at the Department of Trade and Industry.
Lord Parry Mitchell
Parry Mitchell is a successful entrepreneur, having founded three companies in the IT services area - in each case starting with a handful of people and eventually growing to become market leader both in the UK and abroad. Standard Charted Leasing Limited was formed in 1972 in partnership with the bank of the same name; United Leasing plc was formed in 1976 and grew to become a listed company with a turnover of £300 million - it was sold in 1987; Syscap plc was formed in 1992 and was sold in 2006.
Formerly a Labour spokesperson on business issues in the House of Lords, in July 2013 he was appointed by Ed Miliband as Enterprise Adviser and Business Ambassador.