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Jon Ashworth

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Shadow Secretary of State for
Health and Social Care
Health (2016-2018)
Assumed office
7 October 2016
Leader Jeremy Corbyn
Preceded by Diane Abbott
Personal details
Born 14 October 1978 (1978-10-14) (age 42)
Salford, Greater Manchester, England
Political party Labour Co-operative
Emilie Oldknow (m. 2010)
Children 2
Alma mater Durham University

Jonathan Michael Graham "Jon" Ashworth (born 14 October 1978) is a British Labour and Co-operative Party politician, who has served as the Member of Parliament for Leicester South since 2011, and is the current Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.

He previously worked an adviser to Gordon Brown and head of party relations for Ed Miliband. He is currently Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, shadowing Matt Hancock, having been appointed to the role by party leader Jeremy Corbyn in October 2016.


Ashworth was born in Salford, raised in north Manchester and educated at Philips High School in Bury and Bury College before studying at the University of Durham. In 2000 he served as National Secretary of Labour Students.

Personal life

Ashworth became engaged to Emilie Oldknow, the East Midlands Regional Director for the Labour Party, in 2008. Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his wife Sarah attended the couple's wedding on 3 July 2010 in Derbyshire. They have two daughters.

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