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Catherine West MP

Shadow Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Minister

Catherine is the Labour MP for Hornsey & Wood Green and Shadow Foreign Minister (Asia and the Pacific). She was born in Australia and moved to London in 1998. Before being elected as an MP in 2015, Catherine was leader of Islington Council.

Catherine has taken on a number of roles in Parliament including Shadow Foreign Minister from October 2015 – June 2017 with responsibility for the Americas, Asia-Pacific, Oceania and the Overseas Territories and Shadow Sports Minister from January-April 2020. Catherine has also previously served as a member of the Parliamentary Select Committee on International Trade, the joint Committee on Arms Export Controls (September 2017 – March 2019) and member of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee (March-November 2019). In April 2020, Catherine was appointed to Labour’s front bench as Shadow Foreign Minister (Europe & Americas) and in December 2021 she moved within the Shadow Foreign Office Team to cover Asia and the Pacific.

Catherine is Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases, Deputy-Chair of the APPG on China and a Patron of Hong Kong Watch. In 2017 she established the first All-Party Parliamentary Group on Swimming, which she continues to Chair.

Catherine was a strong supporter of the campaign to remain in the EU and voted against triggering Article 50.