Neil Coyle MP with his daughter Esme and his dog Ruby at the beach
Neil Coyle MP with his daughter Esme and his dog Ruby at the beach


Born in Luton, December 1978. One of six children in total (one adopted).

Attended Wenlock, Ashcroft and Bedford schools and Hull University.

Lived in China 2001-03.

Lives in Walworth, SE17 with wife, Sarah (married 2014), and daughter Esme. Previously lived in Grange, Cathedrals and Newington wards in SE1. Sarah is a Landscape Architect who has lived and worked in Southwark since 2005.

UK career

Worked at Government equality commission, 2003-07, finishing as Policy Manager for health and social care.

Head of Policy at National Centre for Independent Living, 2007-09

Director of Policy at Disability Alliance 2009-12

Director of Policy and Campaigns at Disability Rights UK, 2012-13

Political roles

Newington ward Councillor, London Borough of Southwark, 2010-16

Chair of Health and Adult Social Care scrutiny committee 2010-11

Vice-chair of the Walworth Community Council 2010-11

Deputy Cabinet member, London Borough of Southwark 2011-13

Labour parliamentary candidate for Bermondsey and Old Southwark, 2013-15

Deputy Mayor of Southwark, 2014-15

Labour MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark May 2015-Present

Work and Pensions Select Committee, 2016-Present

Foreign Affairs Committee, 2020-Present

Contributing locally

I was Southwark Council's Deputy Cabinet Member for Welfare, helping shape the council's policies and reaction to Simon Hughes' Government cuts to local disabled people and families on low incomes. I helped establish a Hardship Fund to support our most disadvantaged friends and neighbours.

I also helped found the Walworth Society - ensuring local people get a greater voice in planning and regeneration issues in particular, but also providing greater voice and focus at local level.

I am also a Trustee for the North Southwark Environment Trust - helping fund local educational and environmental projects across the north of Southwark, including the Alf Salter replacement statue campaign.

I have also worked to establish new tenants and residents' associations to ensure a stronger, local voice.

*Parliament has now been dissolved and no one is an MP until after votes are counted*

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