Katy Clark was re-elected MP for North Ayrshire and Arran in May 2010 with a majority of 9,895 votes.
She was elected to the House of Commons at the 2005 General Election for the new seat of North Ayrshire and Arran, based substantially on the former seat of Cunninghame North whose MP, Brian Wilson had retired, and the towns of Stevenston and Kilwinning from the old Cunninghame South. She had a majority of 11,296, and made her maiden speech on June 7, 2005.
She was nominated for House Magazine’s ‘Maiden Speech of the Year’.
Following the election, The Guardian named her as one of eight new MPs “to watch”. One of the few stridently left-wing members of Labour’s 2005 intake of MPs, she is a member of the Socialist Campaign Group and the Scottish Labour Party Campaign for Socialism; of the twenty-four members of the Campaign Group, she is the only one under the age of 50. Clark quickly established a reputation as a rebel within the Parliamentary Labour Party, voting against ID cards. However, she does she not consider herself to be a rebel, stating that her “views are consistent with Labour’s traditions”.
Since being elected she has campaigned against the contracting out of lifeline ferry services in her constituency and for employment and retraining for workers at the Simclar factory in her constituency after the factory closed. She has campaigned consistently on human rights issues and was one of 95 Labour MPs who opposed replacing Britain’s Trident nuclear weapons system.
Constituency: North Ayrshire and Arran
Constituency Address: 53 Main Street, Kilbirnie, KA25 7BX
Constituency Tel: 01505 684 127
Date of Birth: 03.07.1967
Personal Website: www.katyclark.org.uk/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/KatyAyrshire