Monday 6 April 2020


The new Shadow Chancellor was introduced to many TV viewers this morning, but her appearance will be remembered for an unscheduled cameo from her young daughter, much to the amusement of Kay Burley.  Watch below.

Annaliese Dodds is not a name that will be familiar to many.  Elected for Oxford East in 2017, the Scot has been an MP for even less time than Keir Starmer.  Prior to entering Parliament she was the Labour MEP for South East England and a university lecturer before that.  Dodds made several runs for elected office dating back to the 2005 general election when she stood for Billericay in Essex.  A year later she tried and failed to get elected to Oxford City Council.  In the 2010 general election she stood in Reading East.  Having failed again she managed to get herself selected at the top of her party list for the 2014 European elections.  Now an MEP she skipped the 2015 general election, but once again sought Westminster office in the 2017 snap election, having seen her place on the EU gravy train threatened by the 2016 Leave vote.

From all of this we can safely assume that Dodds is a career politician, and it will be of course no surprise to anyone to discover that she is an ardent Remainer too.