Jenny Chapman
Member of Parliament
for Darlington
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Alan Milburn
Majority 3,280 (7.3%)
Personal details
Born (1973-09-25) 25 September 1973 (age 50)
Surrey, England
Website Official Website

Jennifer Chapman (born 25 September 1973) was first elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Darlington in 2010.

Parliamentary career

In November 2009, Chapman was shortlisted as one of four candidates to succeed Milburn as Labour's parliamentary candidate for Darlington on an open shortlist. She was selected to stand for parliament by the local constituency party the following month. Chapman said: "This shows that the people of Darlington want to choose a Darlington person who will put the town first. She was elected Darlington MP in the 2010 general election with a majority of 3,388. As a result of her election victory, she decided to stand down as a councillor.

Chapman made her maiden speech in Parliament on 7 June 2010, during which she asked for social network services to be regulated to stop paedophiles. She also backed the Building Schools for the Future programme.

In 2011, Chapman was appointed as Shadow Prisons Minister. She had previously written policy recommendations on the subject of incarceration including a recommendation that prison officers should receive training to help them rehabilitate inmates.

Chapman is a former vice-chair of Progress.