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Clive Lewis

Clive Lewis is a British Labour politician who has been the Member of Parliament for Norwich South since winning the seat at the 2015 general election.

Lewis was a candidate for Leader of the Labour Party in the 2020 leadership election.

He previously served as vice-president of the National Union of Students, worked as a TV reporter for BBC News and served as an infantry officer with the Territorial Army.

He served a three-month tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2009.

  • Full name: Clive Anthony Lewis
  • Profession: British politician
  • Born: 11 September 1971 (age 48 years), London
  • Nationality: British
  • Spouse: Katy Steel (m. 2017)
  • Party: Labour Party
  • Office: Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom since 2015
  • Education: University of Bradford, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
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About Clive Lewis

Clive Antony Lewis was born on 11 September 1971 in London, England. He grew up on a council estate in Northampton, the son of a single father, and is of mixed-race heritage; his father is from Grenada and his mother from England.

He was the first member of his family to attend university, studying economics at the University of Bradford before being elected student union president, and later vice-president of the National Union of Students (NUS).

In November 1995, he was a signatory to a letter that argued for the abolition of student loans.

Lewis was suspended from the role of vice-president of the NUS in 1996 by the president of the NUS, Jim Murphy, for publicly supporting concerns about tuition fees.

Murphy’s actions were condemned by Ken Livingstone, then a Labour MP. Lewis ran for president of the National Union of Students in 1996 on a platform of full grants and free education. He lost the election to Douglas Trainer.


After completing a post-graduate diploma in journalism, he worked on local newspapers in Northampton and Milton Keynes before being accepted into the BBC’s News Trainee Scheme.

He went on to work as a broadcast journalist in Nottingham, Norwich, and Coventry.

He then became a senior broadcast journalist and the main reporter on the BBC’s Politics Show East.

Lewis joined the Territorial Army, passing out of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 2006 as an infantry officer with 7 Rifles.

In 2009, he served a three-month tour of duty in Afghanistan. Shortly after returning from his tour of duty, he faced depression, saying “I just felt like I was being crushed by it all.” However, he recovered after receiving counselling from the Ministry of Defence.


He became shadow defence secretary in June 2016, and shadow business secretary in October 2016.

He left the Shadow Cabinet in 2017 in protest over the Labour Party’s decision to whip its MPs into voting to trigger Article 50 but re-joined the front bench a year later as shadow minister for sustainable economics.

He stood in the 2020 Labour Party leadership election but withdrew shortly before close of nominations having failed to receive the required 22 nominations from parliamentarians.