Polly Billington

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Polly Billington
Born1967 (age 51–52)
Political partyLabour Party

Polly Billington (born 1967) is a former BBC journalist who worked on the Today programme before becoming a special advisor to Ed Miliband. She was the media director for his successful bid in the 2010 Labour leadership election.[1] Billington was the Party's parliamentary candidate for Thurrock at the 2015 general election and a Labour Party official.

Education and journalism career[edit]

Billington took a postgraduate diploma in Broadcast Journalism at the department of Journalism, Media and Communication, University of Central Lancashire in 1993.[2]

Billington was a BBC reporter for theToday programme, Newsbeat on Radio 1, News 24 and the Politics Show.

Labour Party official and candidate[edit]

She became a special adviser to Ed Miliband in 2007 when he was working on party policy and election strategy in the Cabinet Office[3] and according to The Daily Telegraph she was the 59th most influential person on the UK left in 2011.[4]

Billington sought to become a parliamentary candidate in February 2010, when she was shortlisted for the safe Labour seat of North Tyneside, but local candidate Mary Glindon was selected instead.[5] She was the media director for Ed Miliband's successful Labour leadership bid.[6] Some credited her with honing his questions and replies to David Cameron at Prime Minister's Questions, though critics blamed her for the disorganisation of his campaign and in particular his poor performances during Prime Minister's Questions [7][8]

In November 2011, Billington launched another bid to be selected as a Labour MP, this time in Thurrock.[9] This time she gained the nomination for a marginal seat. She was one of 15 Labour candidates each given financial support of £10,000 by Lord Matthew Oakeshott the former Liberal Democrat in January 2015.[10] However, she failed to win the close 3-way contest in Thurrock and came second.

On 16 September 2017 Billington was selected to contest the De Beauvoir ward for a seat on Hackney Council, London, in 2018.

Among other roles, Billington is an Executive Member of SERA, Labour's Environment Campaign[11]


  1. ^ "Channel Four, Who Knows Who". Retrieved 21 February 2011.
  2. ^ "University of Central Lancashire, Graduate returns for the enewsbeat challenge". Retrieved 21 February 2011.
  3. ^ "Civil Service Live Network". Retrieved 21 February 2011.
  4. ^ "The Top 100 Most Influential People on the Left 2011: 51–75". Retrieved 21 February 2011.
  5. ^ "Richard Moss' blog, BBC". Retrieved 21 February 2011.
  6. ^ "Channel Four, Who Knows Who". Retrieved 21 February 2011.
  7. ^ "Ed Miliband's Dartmouth Park posse". Retrieved 28 January 2013.
  8. ^ "Top 100 most influential figures from the Left 2012: 51-100". 3 October 2012 – via www.telegraph.co.uk.
  9. ^ "Polly Billington's Bid For Thurrock – An Escape From Ed Strategy?". Retrieved 28 January 2013.
  10. ^ "Former Lib Dem Lord Oakeshott donates £300,000 to Labour candidates". New Statesman. 21 January 2015. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  11. ^ "SERA's 2016/17 Executive Committee". SERA - Labour's Environment Campaign. Retrieved 20 June 2017.