"I will stand up for all those people who feel they cannot stand up for themselves" - Jess Phillips
Jess Phillips has served as the Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley since the 2015 general election and was one of the five MPs nominated for the most recent Labour leadership election.
Jess was educated at both the University of Leeds and the University of Birmingham before working at the Women's Aid Federation of England as a business development manager, responsible for managing refuges for victims of domestic abuse. Jess' vocal defence of womens' issues has not only seen her in conflict with the opposition, but also going against the grain of her own party. Despite this, in 2016, she was elected the chair of the Women's Parliamentary Labour Party. Jess is also a fierce defender of her regional heritage and accent, and often stress the importance of a fair representation of the whole population in British politics.