The Rt Hon Angela Rayner MP, Deputy Prime Minister

Rt Hon Angela Rayner MP, Deputy Prime Minister

The Rt Hon Angela Bowen Rayner MP, the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, and Deputy Prime Minister.

Angela Rayner was born on 28 March 1980 in Stockport, Greater Manchester, England. Her story is one of resilience and determination, proving that one’s background does not dictate their future.

She may not have attended Oxbridge, been a former Special Adviser, or been entrenched in professional politics, but Angela’s journey is remarkable in its own right. Raised on a council estate and having left her local comprehensive school at 16 with no qualifications and a baby on the way, she faced early challenges head-on. Despite being told she would “never amount to anything,” Angela’s story is a testament to the power of perseverance.

Angela has shared how Labour’s Sure Start centres provided essential support for herself and her friends, helping them become better parents and grow into confident young adults. Her time at the local FE College was a stepping stone that led her to work as a care worker for Stockport Council. There, she gained invaluable experience on the front lines of public service, offering one-to-one care to elderly individuals, supporting their daily needs, and providing empathetic companionship.

Her passion and determination saw her rise quickly, as her female colleagues trusted her to represent them as a union rep with UNISON. Angela embraced this role with her signature forthrightness and refusal to back down.

Navigating the challenges of low pay, long hours, and zero-hours contracts, Angela’s journey through the trade union ranks led her to become the most senior elected official of UNISON in the North West of England. In 2015, Angela Rayner made history as the first woman MP for Ashton-under-Lyne in its 180-year history.

Under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn, she quickly advanced to the shadow whip’s office, then Shadow Pensions Minister, before securing a spot in the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Secretary of State for Education. By March 2020, Angela had been elected Deputy Leader of the Labour Party.

Her impressive leadership continues as she takes on roles such as Shadow Deputy Prime Minister, Shadow Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, and Shadow Secretary of State for the Future of Work.

Outside of her formidable political career, Angela is a proud mother of three sons and a grandmother. Her journey is a beacon of hope and proof that with determination and support, great things are possible.