Emily Thornberry photographed at her constituancy office in Islington, North London. Emily Anne Thornberry (born 27 July 1960) is a British politician who has served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Islington South and Finsbury since 2005. A member of the Labour Party, she has been Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs since 2016.
Thornberry studied Law at the University of Kent before practising as a barrister from 1985 to 2005, specialising in human rights law under the guidance of Michael Mansfield. She was first elected to Parliament in 2005, serving on the Communities and Local Government Select Committee from 2005 to 2010. In the 2005–2010 Parliament, she spoke out on both housing issues and issues relating to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008, as well as voting against the whip on issues relating to national security on several occasions.
Thornberry was re-elected in the 2010 general election, and appointed Shadow Attorney General in Ed Miliband's shadow cabinet, serving until she resigned on 20 November 2014 after sending a tweet that was branded 'snobby'. She was again re-elected in the 2015. After Jeremy Corbyn won the 2015 leadership election, Thornberry was appointed Shadow Minister of State for Employment.
In January 2016, she was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Defence, and in June 2016 she was appointed Shadow Foreign Secretary. Following the 2017 general election, she was appointed the additional role of Shadow First Secretary of State.