Thangam Debbonaire became the Member of Parliament for the Bristol West constituency in May 2015, transforming a Lib-Dem majority of 11,366 into a Labour one of 5,673. In the June 2017 general election, she increased that majority substantially, to 37,336. Her vote tally of 47,213 was the second highest in the UK, and her increase in vote share of 30.3% was the biggest in the country. She has lived in the St Werburgh’s area of the constituency since 1991. She started out as a professional cellist but for the last 25 years her main focus has been working locally, nationally and internationally to end domestic violence. She was Shadow Minister for Culture, Media and Sport between January 2016 and June 2016; and in October 2016 she rejoined the shadow front bench when she was appointed a Labour Whip. In Parliament, she chaired the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Refugees and in July 2016 initiated a cross-party inquiry into the experiences of new refugees in the UK. The report ‘Refugees Welcome?’ was published in April 2017.
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