Catherine is the Labour MP for Hornsey & Wood Green and Shadow Foreign Minister (Asia and the Pacific).
Catherine was born in Mansfield, a small town in Australia. Catherine holds a degree in Social Science and Languages, from the University of Sydney, a Masters Degree in Chinese Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies and speaks five languages including Mandarin. She developed her Mandarin whilst teaching English as a second language in Nanjing, China.
Catherine moved to London in 1998 and before being elected as an MP in 2015, Catherine was leader of Islington Council. In February 2013, she was awarded the ‘Local Authority Leader of the Year’ award by the Local Government Information Unit, for her work leading the Islington Fairness Commission.
In April 2020, Catherine was appointed to Labour’s front bench as Shadow Foreign Minister (Europe & Americas) and in December 2021 she moved within the Shadow Foreign Office Team to cover Asia and the Pacific. Since first being elected to Parliament in 2015, Catherine has taken on a number of roles including Shadow Foreign Minister from October 2015 – June 2017 with responsibility for the Americas, Asia-Pacific, Oceania and the Overseas Territories and Shadow Sports Minister from January-April 2020. Catherine has also previously served as a member of the Parliamentary Select Committee on International Trade, the joint Committee on Arms Export Controls (September 2017 – March 2019) and member of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee (March-November 2019).
Catherine is Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases and Chair of the APPG for Ethics & Sustainability in Fashion, Vice Chair of the APPG on Rare, Genetic & Undiagnosed Conditions, Deputy-Chair of the APPG on China, Vice-Chair of the APPG on North Korea and the Patron of Hong Kong Watch. In 2017 she established the first All-Party Parliamentary Group on Swimming and she continues to Chair the Group.
Catherine was a strong supporter of the campaign to remain in the EU and voted against triggering Article 50. In the summer of 2018 she took up the position of President of London 4 Europe.