Seema Malhotra is the Labour and Cooperative Member of Parliament for Feltham and Heston. She has been the MP for the constituency where she grew up and went to school since 2011. In March 2020 Seema was appointed as Shadow Minister for Employment under Keir Starmer.
Growing up as part of a large family above a shop gave Seema a passion for enterprise, fairness and opportunity. Her primary policy interests are employment and the economy, financial inclusion, progress and opportunities for women and the environment. She is passionate about widening opportunities for young people and founded the charity Hounslow’s Promise in 2018 to help young people fulfil their potential. Concerned by the impact of the pandemic on West London and keen to see a green recovery, Seema established the London West Innovation District at the end of 2020 in partnership with local business leaders, education establishments and world-renowned academics.
Seema is a vice chair of the APPG on the Future of Aviation and All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Assistive Technology.
Seema served for four years as a member of the influential Exiting the European Union Select Committee and as Labour’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury. She continues to keep an interest in economic affairs, how we grow and share prosperity and financial inclusion. From 2014-2015, she served as Shadow Home Office Minister for Preventing Violence against Women and Girls where she led on aspects of the Serious Crime Bill for Labour. She has also been an Opposition Whip and Parliamentary Private Secretary to Rt Hon Yvette Cooper MP, who is now the Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee. Seema was a member of the Speaker’s Committee on Representation and Inclusion and has been a leading voice in taking forward the recommendations of the Good Parliament Guide.
Prior to entering Parliament, Seema was an advisor working with the video game and film industries on issues of child safety. She has over ten years’ experience with leading firms Accenture and PriceWaterhouseCoopers working in strategy and IT systems development. Seema has worked across Whitehall with justice agencies and creative industries. Seema has a degree in Politics and Philosophy from Warwick University, a Masters in Business IT from Aston University and an MBA with distinction. She is the founder and President of the Fabian Women’s Network and a member of the Fabian Society, having formerly served as Chair.