Who is Jo Stevens? Labour MP in hospital with coronavirus

THE MP and shadow culture secretary Jo Stevens is being treated in a hospital for coronavirus.

Here is a brief on the Labour politician who is the latest MP to suffer from Covid-19.

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1) Who is Jo Stevens? 

Jo Stevens is a 54-year-old MP for Cardiff Central and a shadow secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport.

Stevens was born in Swansea, West Glamorgan, Wales and grew up in Mold, Flintshire. 

She studied law at Manchester University and completed the Solicitors' Professional Examination at Manchester Polytechnic in 1989.

Prior to becoming an MP, Stevens was People and Organisation Director of Thompsons Solicitors.

2) How did Jo Stevens get coronavirus? 

She was said to have been "laid low" with symptoms of coronavirus at the end of December.

It is unclear how she caught it.

On Saturday, her team tweeted: "Jo has asked us to let you know that she is being treated in hospital for Covid. Thanks for all your good wishes we will give an update when we can."

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer replied to the tweet, saying: "Get well soon Jo, a dear friend and colleague."

First Minister Mark Drakeford said: "All of our thoughts and best wishes are with Jo for a speedy recovery.

"Thank you to Jo's constituency team for continuing to support Cardiff Central constituents at this difficult time.”

3) When did Jo Stevens become Shadow Culture Secretary? 

Jo Stevens was elected as Member of Parliament for Cardiff Central on May 7 2015 with a majority of 4,981, defeating incumbent Liberal Democrat MP Jenny Willott.

Stevens supported Sir Keir Starmer in the 2020 Labour Party leadership election.

He then appointed her Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, shadowing Oliver Dowden.

4) Is she married? 

Details of any marrage are unclear. 

5) How many children does she have?

She two adult sons.

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