Barry Strachan Gardiner (born 10 March 1957) is a British Labour Party politician serving as Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade since 2016, and has served as Member of Parliament (MP) for Brent North since 1997.
Gardiner served under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown as a junior minister in the Northern Ireland Office, the Department for Productivity, Energy and Industry, the Department of Trade and Industry and finally in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
He became the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister of State at the Home Office, Beverley Hughes, in 2002. In 2004 he was appointed the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Northern Ireland Office, moving to the same position at the Department of Trade and Industry following the 2005 General Election. He moved to DEFRA at the May 2006 reshuffle and left the Government in June 2007.
The new Prime Minister Gordon Brown appointed him as his special representative on forestry in July 2007. He left this role "by mutual consent" on 13 September 2008 after joining other Labour MPs in declaring that an MP should stand against Gordon Brown. He accused Brown of "vacillation, loss of international credibility and timorous political manoeuvres that the public cannot understand".
Gardiner was described by Andrew Roth in The Guardian as "One of the best educated and most internationally experienced MPs".
Yvette Cooper (born 20 March 1969) is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford since 2010, having served as the MP for Pontefract and Castleford since 1997.
Khalid Mahmood was born on 13 July 1961 in Azad Kashmir, Pakistan. He studied at UCE Birmingham.
Mahmood is a former engineer with a trade union background. He was a Birmingham City Councillor from 1990 to 1993.
Mahmood was elected as the MP for Birmingham Perry Barr in the 2001 general election, becoming the first Muslim MP in England. He held his seat at the 2005 general election. In November 2005 he was appointed as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Tony McNulty, then a minister in the Home Office. He resigned in September 2006 along with several colleagues after signing a letter calling for Tony Blair to resign as prime minister.
He was again elected in the 2010 general election. Mahmood opposed the decision by Birmingham College in 2013 to ban students wearing veils. In January 2015, he was nominated for the Politician of the Year award at the British Muslim Awards.
Mahmood was re-elected at the 2015 general election. He was appointed as shadow Europe minister in October 2016. He was re-elected at the 2017 general election and the 2019 general election. In December 2019, Mahmood announced that he would stand in the 2020 Labour Party deputy leadership election.