Name: Debbie Abrahams
Born: 15 September 1960
Constituency: Oldham East and Saddleworth
Born in Sheffield, England, Abrahams attended private schools in Southport before going on to receive her undergraduate degree from the University of Salford.
She resigned from the chair position of Rochdale Primary Care Trust in 2007, over the use of private health companies in the National Health Service. She believed this was “destroying” the healthcare system. She then joined the Labour Party, committing to challenging health policy at a local and national level to ensure that it reflects the NHS core values.
She criticized Rochdale’s local council for not addressing health inequalities in the town.
In December 2010, Abrahams was one of three people shortlisted by the Labour Party to fill a seat for Oldham East and Saddleworth. She secured the seat through a majority of 3,558 with 42.1% of the vote for Labour.
Abrahams became a parliamentary private secretary to Andy Burnham and chaired the Labour Party’s Health Committee. In 2014, she organised an inquiry into the effectiveness of the international health systems. She demonstrates that “where there is competition or marketization in a health system, health equity worsens.”
In 2021, Abrahams was one of three MPs who, during the COVID-19 pandemic, successfully took legal action against the Department of Health and Social Care.
Last Election Results:
Debbie Abrahams won 20,088 votes out of a possible 46179. This represents a 43.5% majority in her constituency. There was a voter turnout of 64%.
Voting History Snapshot
Voted Aye to the Armed Forces Bill Committee: New Clause 7
Voted Aye to the Environment Bill Report Stage: New Clause 24
Voted Aye to Abortion (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2021
Voted Nae to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: Second Reading
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