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Olivia Blake is a British Labour politician. She was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Sheffield Hallam at the 2019 general election.
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Olivia Frances Blake was born on March 10, 1990 (age 33 years) in Northallerton, United Kingdom. Her mother Judith Blake, Baroness Blake of Leeds is a Labour politician who led Leeds City Council from 2015 to 2021. She grew up in Otley, a market town north of Leeds, West Yorkshire. She was educated at Prince Henry’s Grammar School, the local comprehensive school. She studied Biomedical Science at the University of Sheffield.
Olivia Blake stood in the election for the Youth Representative on Labour’s National Executive Committee in 2013 and came second. She campaigned to introduce ‘one member one vote elections for internal positions and was supported by the Labour Party’s left wing. In 2018, Blake was elected to Labour’s National Policy Forum with the endorsement of the left-wing group Momentum and the Centre-Left Grassroots Alliance.
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Blake unsuccessfully stood in the 2 May 2013 by-election for the Fulwood ward of Sheffield City Council before being elected as a local councilor to the Walkley ward of Sheffield City Council in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Blake was elected Deputy Leader of the Council in April 2017.
She said she was elected as Deputy Leader “on a ticket of reform”, and worked to in-source council contracts and tackle privatization. As Deputy Leader, the Council brought its Revenues and Benefits services in-house from outsourcing giant Capita; Blake said that “bringing these services back in-house” would give the Council “greater control and allow [it] to adapt and respond as the city’s priorities develop locally”.
Before she left her position Blake initiated the process to bring “digital services and cleaning contracts” in-house. She also supported a campaign to initiate a pilot scheme of universal basic income in Sheffield. Olivia Blake later resigned as Deputy Leader to support a grassroots movement to change the democratic structure of the council, remaining as a councilor.
She resigned from the Council following her election as an MP. In an article she wrote for Tribune magazine, Blake said this was to show support for “a new way of doing politics in our city”. She indicated that she intends to “contribute a socialist voice to the referendum debate”, to open up a “wider discussion on how to rejuvenate our democracy in Sheffield.”
Olivia Blake was selected as the prospective Labour Party candidate in Sheffield Hallam in December 2018. She was elected as the Member of Parliament at the December 2019 general election. She nominated Rebecca Long-Bailey in the 2020 Labour Party leadership election and Angela Rayner in the 2020 Labour Party deputy leadership election.
In February 2020, Olivia Blake was elected as the Treasurer of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME). Blake was elected to Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee in March 2020.
Blake was appointed to the frontbench as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Andy McDonald, Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, in January 2020. Following the election of Keir Starmer, she was appointed in April as PPS jointly to Jo Stevens, Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and Ian Murray, Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland.
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She is Vice-Chair of the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers’ Union Parliamentary Group. After Wetherspoons’ owner Tim Martin was inaccurately reported to have told his 43,000 employees that they would not be furloughed during the COVID-19 pandemic, and should go work at Tesco, as Vice-Chair of the BFAWU Parliamentary Group, Blake coordinated a cross-party letter of 95 MPs to calling on Martin to “put people and not profits first” and continue to pay Wetherspoons workers.
Olivia Blake has served as the Chair of the SEND APPG since 2020. She was forced to resign from her position as PPS to Jo Stevens and Ian Murray in September 2020 when she, alongside 18 other Labour MPs, including two other junior office holders, Beth Winter and Nadia Whittome, defied the Labour whip and voted against the Overseas Operations Bill.
In early 2021, Blake launched a series of monthly climate assemblies in the run-up to COP 26. From these assemblies, Blake created the Hallam Citizens’ Climate Manifesto, informed by constituents’ contributions in the assemblies. She launched the manifesto in October 2021, with a launch in Sheffield and by handing in a copy of the manifesto at 10 Downing Street.
She said that the ‘manifesto speaks to the dynamism and ingenuity of the people of Hallam in imagining how to do things differently’, providing ‘thoughtful, considered and practical suggestions’ to the climate crisis. On 14 May 2021, Blake was appointed as the Shadow Minister for Nature, Water and Flooding. In the November 2021 shadow cabinet reshuffle, Blake was moved to serve as the Shadow Minister for Climate Change. She resigned from this role on 15 June 2022, citing personal reasons.
Olivia Blake serves as the Co-Chair for the APPG on Migration, alongside David Simmonds, Conservative MP for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner. In late 2022, households in Stannington ward in Blake’s constituency were left without gas for a week in freezing temperatures. Blake stationed members of her constituency team at Lomas Hall in Stannington throughout the incident and led door-knocking teams to identify vulnerable people in need of support.
In the aftermath she urged Yorkshire Water to put their profits towards upgrading their infrastructure, saying that “there have been a series of failures over many years, clearly driven by a want for profit… Yorkshire Water has very deep pockets and should be doing much more”. After a meeting with Blake, Yorkshire Water’s CEO agreed to support people with any water damage and pay compensation claims.
Blake is a member of the Socialist Campaign Group, the left grouping of Labour Party Members of Parliament in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom. A Vice article described Blake as “keen to make clear [her] support for trans rights and the entire LGBTQ+ community”. Blake supported Britain remaining in the European Union, saying in November 2019 that she would campaign to remain in a potential second referendum on the issue.
In her maiden speech to Parliament, Blake said that the Sheffield Hallam constituency had a “very long history of social justice”, as Robin Hood mythology points to a Yorkshire origin in Loxley. She said that Robin of Loxley means she was “not the first person in Sheffield Hallam to stand on a platform of redistributing wealth.” She is a supporter of a “Green New Deal” for the UK, and is passionate about the issue of climate change.
Olivia Blake has expressed support for improved transport links for Sheffield to address the climate crisis. In 2020, she wrote to the transport secretary asking him to consider the reopening of the Millhouses and Ecclesall station, suggesting it would reduce congestion in the area. Alongside Louise Haigh, Blake has launched a campaign to reopen railway stations along the Sheaf Valley line, seeking to reopen Millhouses and Heeley stations and increase capability at Dore & Totley.
Blake discussed her experience of having a miscarriage in August 2020 in a parliamentary debate on Baby Loss in November 2020 and called for the three miscarriages rule where support was only offered after this point to be changed. This led to draft guidelines which scrapped to be produced by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in October 2021. She also successfully campaigned to allow one partner to be present at all times with pregnant mothers during the pandemic.
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In March 2021, Blake announced that she had taken on the role of ‘species champion’ in Westminster Parliament for the threatened hen harrier. In 2023 she won an award for championing endangered species. In March 2023, Blake tabled an amendment to the Government’s Illegal Migration Bill, to create a “safe passage” visa to give entry clearance to those already in Europe wishing to come to the UK to make an asylum claim. Blake said that ‘if we want to save lives, ministers need to change their approach, drop the cruel and inhumane deterrence policies, and look at real solutions.’
Olivia Blake is married to her husband Lewis Dagnall, they had their wedding in the United Kingdom. Her husband is a former Sheffield City Councillor. She identifies as bisexual. As of April 2023, Olivia Blake and her husband Lewis Dagnall are still married but haven’t interacted with the media about their children’s life or plans.
Olivia Blake MP net worth
How much is Olivia Blake worth? Olivia Blake net worth is estimated at around $3 million. Her main source of income is from her primary work as a politician. Olivia Blake’s salary per month and other career earnings are over $350,000 dollars annually. Her remarkable achievements have earned her some luxurious lifestyles and some fancy car trips. She stands at an appealing height of 1.68m and has a good body weight which suits her personality.