Politician & Activist

Louise Ellman

Louise Ellman is a British politician who served as Member of Parliament for Liverpool Riverside from 1997 to 2019.

She was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, and is a Vice President of the Jewish Leadership Council.

Ellman resigned from the Labour Party in October 2019, expressing concern over antisemitism in the Labour Party and a potential Jeremy Corbyn-led government.

  • Full name: Dame Louise Joyce Ellman DBE
  • Profession: British politician
  • Born: 14 November 1945 (age 74 years), Manchester
  • Spouse: Geoffrey Ellman (m. 1967)
  • Previous office: Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom (1997–2019)
  • Children: Sean Ellman
  • Education: University of Hull, Manchester High School for Girls, University of York
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About Louise Ellman

Louise was born on 14 November 1945 in Manchester, England. To an observant Jewish family.

Her father had a Lithuanian background. She was educated at the independent Manchester High School for Girls, before studying at the University of Hull where she received a BA in Sociology and History in 1967, and then studied Social Administration at the University of York where she was awarded a MPhil in 1972.

As a teenager, she was involved in the Labour Zionist movement, Habonim and, following university, spent a year in Israel at an Ulpan studying Hebrew, where she met her husband.


From 1970 to 1976, she was a lecturer for the Open University.

She was elected as a councillor on the Lancashire County Council in 1970, becoming the Labour group leader in 1977 and council leader from 1981 until her election to Parliament. She was Vice-Chair of Lancashire Enterprises.

She unsuccessfully contested the Darwen constituency at the 1979 general election, being defeated by the sitting Conservative MP Charles Fletcher-Cooke by 13,026 votes.

She was elected to Parliament at the 1997 general election for the safe seat of Liverpool Riverside. She held the seat with a majority of 21,799 and has held the seat comfortably at successive general elections. When she was re-elected in 2001, the turnout was the lowest in the country at 34.1%.

She was Vice-Chair of Lancashire Enterprises, and served as Chair of the Transport Select Committee from 2008 to 2017.

She is also Chair of Labour Friends of Israel and is Honorary President of the Jewish Labour Movement.