Emma was elected as the Member of Parliament for Wolverhampton North East in May 2010. In October 2015, she was elected as a member of the House of Commons Health Select Committee. From May until September 2015, she was Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. In October 2013, she served as the Shadow Housing Minister attending Shadow Cabinet. Emma was the Shadow Europe Minister for the previous two years.

Emma is a proud Wulfrunian. She attended local schools before graduating at Oxford University in philosophy, politics and economics.

Prior to becoming an MP, Emma helped to set up a small business which supported British companies in understanding and influencing EU laws. She then went on to work for the Party of European Socialists in Brussels as an adviser to Robin Cook. Emma was later appointed as political advisor to Geoff Hoon in his role as Europe Minister and then Chief Whip.

Emma works hard acting as an advocate for her constituents, liaising with national and local government, local service providers, businesses and other agencies. She has taken the lead in several highly successful local campaigns such as highlighting local transport issues and leading calls for further investment and regeneration in Wolverhampton.

Emma holds regular surgeries, coffee mornings and campaign days in her constituency.

In Parliament, Emma holds Ministers to account and speaks regularly on a diverse range of subjects including social care, public health, housing, local government, Europe and foreign policy. In 2011, Emma re-established the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Aerospace, a vital local industry in Wolverhampton. She is also Vice-Chair of the APPG for British Sikhs and the Secretary of APPG on Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery.

Emma is a keen linguist and speaks fluent French, conversational Spanish and some basic Italian. She enjoys running, tennis and swimming as well as following her football team Wolves.