Lucy Maria Powell (born 10 October 1974) is a British Labour and Co-operative politician and Member of Parliament for Manchester Central in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. She was elected at the Manchester Central by-election in November 2012.
Powell was born in Moss Side. She attended the comprehensive school, Parrs Wood High School and then Xaverian College for her A level studies. She studied chemistry at Somerville College, Oxford and King's College London (BSc).
Powell joined the Labour Party at the age of 15.
Powell started her career working as a parliamentary assistant for Beverley Hughes MP after having worked at the Labour Party Headquarters in Millbank Tower during the 1997 general election campaign.
She joined the pro-Euro and pro-EU Treaty pressure group Britain in Europe (BiE) originally in a public relations role and later as head of regional campaigning. She later replaced Simon Buckby as Campaign Director of BiE and in this capacity she worked with Chris Patten, Neil Kinnock, Nick Clegg and Danny Alexander...
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