Gavin Shuker is the Labour and Cooperative MP for Luton South, covering Biscot, Caddington, Crawley, Dallow, East Hyde, Farley, High Town, Round Green, Slip End, South, Stopsley and Wigmore.
First elected as MP in May 2010, Gavin is a born-and-bred Lutonian. He was was educated at two local state schools: Icknield Primary and Icknield High School – and was chosen as Head Boy at the latter. He then attended Luton Sixth Form College before going on to study Social and Political Science at Girton College, Cambridge.
Prior to becoming elected, Gavin worked in his community, employed by a local church.
After serving as PPS to Sadiq Khan, Shadow Justice Secretary, Gavin was appointed to the shadow DEFRA frontbench team in March 2011. As Shadow Minister for the Natural Environment Gavin led through on work to overturn the Government’s decision to sell-off large parts of the forest estate, before becoming Shadow Minister for Water and Waste.
In October 2013, Gavin was appointed Shadow International Development Minister in the DFID team with responsibility for policy on Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.
Gavin serves as Vice-Chair of the Polar Regions All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG), Vice-Chair of the Christians in Parliament APPG, Vice-Chair of the Thameslink Route APPG and Chair of the APPG on Prostitution and the Global Sex Trade. Gavin also acts as Chair of the Parliamentary Cooperative Party, made up of 24 MPs and 17 peers working to promote the mutual agenda at Westminster, and he’s worked to build trusted relationships with affiliated organisations and give them a stake in our local party.
Gavin was re-elected in May 2015 with an increased majority of 5,711.
In Luton Gavin’s marched against austerity with Trades Union colleagues, and brought them together in Westminster to fight the Tories’ cuts. He’s been an outspoken advocate for community cohesion and peaceful co-existence, taking to task far-right racist groups who have targeted Luton.
Gavin’s also led community campaigns on issues such as improving out of hours services for bereaved families, and for improvements to Luton rail station. His annual summer school involving Luton charities has helped to train nearly 60 young people in political campaigning and public service, and in 2013 the scheme won a national best practice award from the Labour Party.
Gavin lives in Luton, as he always has. He has a daughter, Ruby. Gavin enjoys Real Ale, Formula One and cooking for friends and family.