Rebecca Roseanne Long-Bailey (born 22 September 1979) is a British Labour Party politician and former solicitor. She has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Salford and Eccles since the 2015 general election and the Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in Jeremy Corbyn's Shadow Cabinet since February 2017.
Rebecca Roseanne Long-Bailey was born on 22 September 1979 in Old Trafford, Greater Manchester, to Irish parents. Her father, Jimmy Long, was a Salford docker and a trade union representative at Shell, Barton Docks. She attended Chester Catholic High School.
She began her working life serving customers in a pawn shop, something she says "taught [her] more about the struggles of life than any degree or qualification ever could." She also worked in various call centres, a furniture factory, and in postal delivery before eventually studying to become a solicitor.
She studied Politics and Sociology at Manchester Metropolitan University, then completed "various part-time law conversion and solicitors' courses." She has worked for the law firm Pinsent Masons and in 2007 she began working for Hill Dickinson, specialising in commercial law, commercial property, NHS contracts and NHS estates.
When Hazel Blears stood down as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Salford and Eccles at the 2015 general election, Long-Bailey received the backing of Unite the Union, Ian Stewart, and former Salford City Council leader John Merry, when the Labour Party decided to have a woman-only shortlist. She was elected with a vote share of 49.4% and a majority of 20%.
Long-Bailey was one of 36 Labour MPs to nominate Jeremy Corbyn as a candidate in the 2015 Labour leadership election. She was appointed as a Shadow Minister for the Treasury on 18 September 2015 after Corbyn was elected as leader as part of his first frontbench team. She was also appointed to Labour's National Executive Committee by Corbyn as one of three representatives of the front bench, replacing Hilary Benn.
Long-Bailey was appointed as the Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury on 27 June 2016 after resignations from the Shadow Cabinet. On Clive Lewis's resignation from the Shadow Cabinet over Corbyn's whipping of the Article 50 vote, Long-Bailey was appointed as the Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on 9 February 2017. She was re-elected in the 2017 general election with an increased vote share of 65.5% and an increased majority of 40.2%.
Long-Bailey was re-elected in the 2019 general election with a reduced vote share of 56.8% and a reduced majority of 32.3%. On 30 December 2019 she announced she was considering standing to be leader of the Labour Party.