Rachael Maskell was elected as the Member of Parliament for York Central in 2015
Rachael graduated from the University of East Anglia with a degree in physiotherapy in 1994. On starting work, she rapidly became a trade union rep in the hospital, going on to becoming a Regional and then National Official for Unite, where she led many campaigns and was a strong voice in speaking out for those she represented.
On the national stage, Rachael led the union’s equality agenda, campaigning against discrimination and for equal pay. She then spent seven years representing the charity sector on improving voluntary organisations and the opportunities for those that work in the sector.
When the last Labour Government were elected, Rachael moved back into health to represent over 100,000 health workers and has been leading the campaign ever since to protect our NHS. Over the years she has stood up for working people to ensure that they get treated fairly at work.
In Parliament, Rachael works hard for her constituents in York, campaigning for a Real Living Wage, skilled jobs, a sustainable city, affordable housing and to integrate health and social care.
Rachael has served as a Shadow Defence Minister and as the Shadow Rail Minister; also serving in the Shadow Cabinet as the Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment and as the Secretary of State for Employment Rights.
Rachael Maskell is the MP for York Central and the Shadow Minister for Charities