Since 2021, Angela Rayner has served as the Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, and Shadow Secretary of State for the Future of Work. Since 2020, she has held the positions of Shadow First Secretary of State, Deputy Leader of the Opposition, and Deputy Leader of the Labour Party. Since 2015, Rayner has served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Ashton-under-Lyne. She considers herself to be a socialist and a member of Labour’s soft left.
Rayner was born in Stockport, Greater Manchester, on March 28, 1980.
She was a student at Avondale School in Stockport, but dropped out when she became pregnant at the age of 16, leaving her without a diploma.
She went on to Stockport College to study part-time, where she learned British Sign Language and earned an NVQ Level 2 in social care.
Rayner worked as a care worker for Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council for a number of years after graduating from college. She was also elected as a Unison trade union representative at this time.  She went on to become the convenor of Unison North West, the union’s highest-ranking official in the region.
In 2012, The Guardian published a comprehensive profile of Rayner as part of an article about the working life of a trade union officer.
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In an interview in 2018, Rayner said that her mother had been unable to read or write; she had previously mentioned this in a tribute she made to her mother in 2016.
In March 2019, Rayner said that she had fitted panic buttons at her home after rape and death threats were sent to her a few weeks earlier.