Paula Barker

By David Woolfall -, CC BY 3.0,

Name: Paula Barker

Born: 9 May 1972

Party:  Labour

Constituency: Liverpool, Wavertree

Paula Barker was born on 9 May 1972. Her mother was left to care for her as a single parent after her father became sick with cancer and passed away two weeks before she turned two.

She attended the Holly Lodge Girls’ High School in West Derby, Liverpool. She went to find the union representative and joined NALGO. She was balloted for industrial action within the first year of her employment, and she joined her coworkers on the picket line.

She later moved from Liverpool City Council to Knowsley Council for a career advancement, where she spent approximately four years working in customer services. In 2001, she began working for Halton Borough Council as a civil servant. She gradually became more active in UNISON. She fought for workers’ rights on behalf of the 200,000+ members.

Several unions and Momentum backed Barker’s attempt to become Labour’s nominee for Liverpool Wavertree. She was then appointed to the House of Lords in the following year, as she had been elected with 31,310 votes (72.2 percent) compared to her main opponent’s 9,821 (23.8 percent).

Barker has urged the government to make substantial social care market changes. She also backed Mike Amesbury’s Private Members Bill, which sought to make changes to the school uniform law.

Last Election Results:

Paula Barker won 31,310 votes out of a possible 43,366. This represents a 72.2% share and a 27,085 majority in her constituency. There was a voter turnout of 68.4%.

Voting History Snapshot

Voted Nay to the Health and Social Care Levy Bill: Third Reading

Voted Nay to the Nationality and Borders Bill: Second Reading

Voted Aye to the Armed Forces Bill: Report Stage: Amendment 1

Voted Aye to the Police, Crime, Sentencing, and Courts Bill: Report Stage: Amendment 1

Voted Aye to the Opposition Day: Covid-19 secure borders

Voted Aye to the Environmental Bill Report Stage: Amendment 29

Voted Aye to the Opposition Motion: Free School Meals

Contact Details

Phone:  0207 219 3000


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