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About Debbie

Debbie Abrahams has been the Member of Parliament for Oldham East and Saddleworth since her by-election victory in January 2011 and was re-elected in 2015, 2017 and 2019. Prior to this she worked as a Public Health academic and practitioner where she focused on health inequalities . She was Chair of an NHS Trust from 2002-2006. Debbie was awarded a Fellowship by Distinction to the Faculty of Public Health in 2014.

Debbie is chair of several All Party Parliamentary Groups as well as being a member of the Work and Pensions Select Committee. Her work across Parliament, the Constituency and within the Labour Party aims to address inequalities with more equity-based policy measures.

Debbie set up the Oldham Fairness Commission to tackle inequalities in education, employment and income. Her annual summer school has brought over a hundred young people from across Oldham and Saddleworth together over the last 10 years, with many going on to get employment opportunities across the country.

Debbie also set up Dementia Friendly Oldham which has seen over 4,000 residents become Dementia Friends. Her annual memory walk brings local people affected by dementia together.

She is Chair of the APPG on Health in All Policies which has produced various reports defining the impacts of different policies on health.

Debbie is also Chair of the APPG on Kashmir where the focus is on human rights across all parts of Kashmir. She led a Parliamentary delegation to the region in February 2020.

One of her most high profile campaigns, ‘Be Fair – Pay on Time’, resulted in amendments to the 2014 Small Business Bill to reduce late payments. She was the first recipient of the Federation of Small Businesses’ ‘Business Buddy Award’ and the Gold Award winner at the H&V Business Awards in April 2015.

In 2019, Debbie was awarded the People’s Labour MP of the Year Award and she was nominated for this award again in 2021.

Debbie is married to former Lancashire County Cricket Club captain, John Abrahams, and they have 2 grown-up daughters.

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