More about Kerry


This is the new blog for Kerry McCarthy, Labour MP for Bristol East. Very much a work in progress, so bear with me…

As for me… I was elected in May 2005 as MP for Bristol East, and re-elected, on different boundaries, in May 2010. My constituency covers the council wards of Hillfields, Frome Vale, Eastville, St Georges East + West, Brislington East + West, and Stockwood – i.e. east Bristol!

Soon after being elected in 2005 I became a member of the Treasury Select Committee. I’ve also served as parliamentary aide (PPS) to Rosie Winterton at the Department of Health, for a few months as she was steering the Mental Health Bill through Parliament, and then two years as PPS to Douglas Alexander, Secretary of State for International Development. In July 2009 I was appointed to the Government whips office, and now that we’re in Opposition I am, for the time being, carrying on as an Opposition whip – the good news though, is that I can speak in Parliament again.

See my website, or earlier blog posts for more info on issues I’ve raised in Parliament, and causes I’ve taken up at a local and national level.

For past blog posts – until I work out how to transfer content! – see

For my website, check out

On Facebook it’s (yes, I know it needs updating!) and there’s also a facebook group.

And on Twitter, it’s @KerryMP.

Or you can contact me by post at 326a Church Road, St George, Bristol BS5 8AJ or call the constituency office on 0207 219 4510.


  • Kiera Hardie  On May 30, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    “For past blog posts – until I work out how to transfer content! – see ”

    However, if you follow that link, you get “Sorry, the blog at has been removed.”


    However, I really like the much more simple look of your new website.

  • Kiera Hardie  On May 30, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    Ah, but this does work!

  • kerrymccarthy  On May 31, 2010 at 12:04 am

    Sorry should have updated profile – all the old blogposts have now been transferred over, though not all the comments for some mysterious reason.

  • timbone  On June 11, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    Hi Kerry. Thought I would use this part to tell you I met Paul Goggins tonight. He was at a concert I was in (playing drums with Sale Brass band). I told him about the time I told you that he was a great musician and his brother Mark was a great Labour MP! In fact, I began the converstion with, “are you Paul or Mark”? He thought it was hilarious that I had said his brother was a great MP, and couldn’t wait to tell him.

  • Mark Fullick  On November 20, 2010 at 5:09 am

    Hello Kerry
    I caught you on the radio tonight and found what you had to say very interesting,your honesty on the show and your blog is very refershing.I am the writer of the Masked Writer Blog, it’s a fun and political combo where I comment on what I have listened to while driving throughout the night.
    I write in the hope I will get the call to Westminster to help sort stuff out, gosh bad grammer can be so much fun.
    I must confess to having taken the Palace of Westminster tour last year along with a climbe to the top of Big Ben, this was fantastic.
    Kerry you are so lucky to be working up at the big house 😉 anyway have loads of fun and keep up the good work and should you find yourself looking for a new leader or researcher you know where to come.look no further than The Masked Writer, I am sitting by the phone and computer right now.

  • Alexander  On May 9, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    My name is Truman Alexander and I am making a documentary film called So Suddenly Meaningless. So Suddenly Meaningless focuses on transients, homeless people, and their antithesis, the 1%; the goal of So Suddenly Meaningless is to explore the similarities and differences between these two diverging sides of the social spectrum while exploring the stories and circumstances that brought them to where they are now. By popularizing the question, “What is the meaning of life?”, the film illuminates the connections and lack thereof between all individuals and their socioeconomic classes.
    Basically we are traveling around the United States, speaking only with homeless people and people who make over 6 figures. We are capturing each individuals story as to how they ended up where they are today, while asking personal and general questions on their history, happiness, and what brings life meaning.

    We are donating 15% of any and all profits from the film to homeless communities across the country, including a foundation supporting homeless veterans. We are also passing out sandwiches to people who live on the street everyday during production.

    So Suddenly Meaningless attempts to rid labels, classes, social statuses, and human inequality. We are all human, people seem to forget this. We are attempting to bring all humans together and help as many people as we can along the way.

    I came across your website and I though this project might interest you. We have been traveling around California and plan on hitting the rest of the nation later early June. I was hoping you guys might be willing to share my campaign on your site. I am making the film completely independently and I can use all the help people are willing to give.

    You can check out the campaign commercial on,

    Thank you for your time,

    Truman Alexander

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