EMILY Thornberry is the shadow foreign secretary – and one of Jeremy Corbyn’s closest parliamentary allies.
The MP for Islington South and Finsbury is a frequent critic of the Government’s Brexit strategy and is married to a High Court judge. Here’s her story…
Who is Emily Thornberry?
Thornberry is the Labour MP for Islington South and Finsbury and the current shadow foreign secretary.
Her political career began in 2005 when she was elected with a small majority of 484.
She was returned as MP with an increased majority in 2010 and was promptly promoted to the Shadow Cabinet.
However she resigned from Ed Miliband’s team in 2014 amid accusations of snobbery.
The 57-year-old made a return to the front bench in September 2015 after Jeremy Corbyn appointed her shadow employment minister.
One of Corbyn’s closest allies in Parliament, Thornberry has since covered foreign affairs and defence.
In 2017 she repeatedly called for Boris Johnson to be sacked as Foreign Secretary over the ongoing row following Mr Johnson’s comments about the jailed Briton Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.
Prior to entering politics, Thornberry had practised as a barrister specialising in human rights.
She lives in London with her husband Sir Christopher Nugee, a High Court judge, and their three children.
What did she say on BBC Question time?
The politician branded Boris Johnson a ‘reckless liar’ surrounded by ‘Rasputin-like’ cronies.
She criticised the Prime Minister for his handling of Brexit.
Thornberry also hit out at his strategy guru Dominic Cummings.
She said: “I shadowed Boris Johnson for two years I knew how bad he was going to be as Prime Minister, well at least I thought I did.
“I think that this man has no judgement and most important of all he is determined to drag our country out of the European Union without a deal.
“He’s reckless, he’s a liar, he certainly isn’t in the interests of this country.
“Until recently people have acted in accordance with rules and have accorded to the law and haven’t played games and haven’t had slightly sinister Rasputin-like creatures in No.10… and I’m thinking about someone called Cummings who’s not even a member of your party but who seems to be pulling all of the strings.”
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What happened during her ‘car crash’ Woman’s Hour interview in the 2017 election campaign?
Thornberry stepped in for Diane Abbot and appeared on Radio 4’s Women’s Hour during the 2017 election campaign.
On the show she said: ” The difficulty is that you can make a mistake and if you arrest the wrong Mohammed and you keep him locked up for three months and you eventually realise you’ve got the wrong guy and you let him out – if he wasn’t radical before he certainly will be by the time he gets out.”
She also was also forced to root around in her handbag to find the figures while she was live on air.
But she still failed to give a figure even with the Labour manifesto in front of her.
Why did Emily Thornberry resign from the Shadow Cabinet in 2014?
The MP landed herself in hot water in November 2014 after she tweeted a picture of a house decorated with St George’s flags while campaigning.
She captioned the picture of Dan Ware’s house with “image from Rochester”.
Thornberry was criticised for her “disrespectful” message, which was labelled as mocking ‘white van man’ and “snobby”.
Dan told The Sun at the time: “I’ve not got a clue who she is – but she’s a snob. We put the flags up for the World Cup (in 2014) and will continue to fly them.”
Thornberry said she had “made a mistake” and apologised “if she had upset or insulted anybody”.
Then-Prime Minister David Cameron said the Labour MP’s actions were “completely appalling”, suggesting that she was “sneering at people who work hard, are patriotic and love their country”.
She resigned from her shadow cabinet following the tweet.