Chi Onwurah
Onwurah in 2017
Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy
Assumed office
10 October 2016
Leader Jeremy Corbyn
Member of Parliament
for Newcastle upon Tyne Central
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Jim Cousins
Majority 14,937 (40.3%)
Personal details
Born (1965-04-12) 12 April 1965 (age 58)
Website Official website

Chinyelu Susan Onwurah (born 12 April 1965) was elected at the 2010 general election as the Member of Parliament for Newcastle upon Tyne Central, succeeding the previous Labour MP Jim Cousins, who had decided to step down after 23 years. She is currently Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy, Science and Innovation, having been appointed to the role in October 2016.

Political career

Before entering Parliament, Onwurah was active in the Anti-Apartheid Movement. She spent many years on its National Executive, and that of its successor organisation, ACTSA: Action for Southern Africa. She also joined the Advisory Board of the Open University Business School.

Parliamentary career

She was elected to Parliament in 2010 with a majority of 7,466. She described Parliament as a "culture shock" but also said that compared with her engineering background "parliament is the most diverse working environment I've ever been in, the most gender balanced".

Onwurah supported Edward Miliband in the 2010 Labour Party leadership election. Miliband appointed Onwurah as a junior shadow minister for Business, Innovation and Skills on 10 October 2010. In 2013 she was given the role as a Shadow Minister in the Cabinet Office.


In the 2015 Labour Party leadership election, Onwurah announced her support for Andy Burnham, having originally nominated Jeremy Corbyn to "broaden the debate".

After Jeremy Corbyn won the leadership election of the Labour party in September 2015, Onwurah was made a Shadow Minister for Business, Innovation and Skills, as well as a Shadow Minister for Culture, Media and Sport.