Emma was elected to Parliament in a by-election on May 2 2013. She is the first woman ever to represent South Shields in Parliament, and the first MP to have been born in the constituency. She has lived in South Tyneside all her life, and prior to her election served for nine years on South Tyneside Council.
Since her election Emma has campaigned on a number of issues, including opposing the Bedroom Tax, calling for action on the cost of living crisis and calling for reform of child protection.
Emma’s family have deep roots in South Shields, and she is a direct descendant of local hero William Wouldhave, the inventor of the lifeboat. She lives in the town with her husband Simon.