|Member of Parliament
1 May 1997 – 6 May 2010
|Preceded by||Gary Waller|
|Succeeded by||Kris Hopkins|
14 December 1939 |
Lytham St Annes, England
|Children||One son John Cryer, one daughter Jane Cryer, two stepchildren|
|Alma mater||Bolton Institute of Technology|
Constance Ann Cryer JP (born 14 December 1939) is a British Labour Party politician, who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Keighley from the 1997 general election up until she stood down at the 2010 general election. She became a Justice of the Peace in 1996 and a member of the Bradford Cathedral Council from 1999.
Born Constance Place in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, she comes from a political family: her father, Allen Place, was an activist in the Independent Labour Party, as was his mother, Dinah Place, who was also a suffragette. She was educated at the St John's Primary School in Darwen and the Spring Bank Secondary Modern School in the same town, before attending the Bolton Institute of Technology.
Cryer married Bob Cryer, later an MP, in 1963. She became a researcher in social history at the University of Essex in 1969 before becoming a full-time personal assistant to her husband from 1974, when he first entered Parliament, until his death in a car accident on the M1 on 12 April 1994. She was in the car with him at the time.
Cryer was selected to stand for election for Labour through an all-women shortlist. This method of selection was subsequently ruled illegal in January 1996 as it breached sex discrimination laws. Despite the ruling, the Labour Party did not force candidates already chosen via this method (including Cryer) to seek re-selection.
Cryer was elected to the House of Commons for one of her husband's former constituencies, Keighley, at the 1997 general election, defeating the sitting Conservative MP Gary Waller by 7,132 votes. She made her maiden speech on 16 May 1997.
She remained after the 2001 and 2005 general elections. After the 2005 general election, Cryer was a member of the Home Affairs Select Committee. Cryer has voted against the government on many occasions and was a member of the left-wing Socialist Campaign Group during her time in parliament, although lately her left-wing orientation were called into question when Cryer voted with the government to increase detention without trial to 42 days for terror suspects. She favours nuclear disarmament and is viewed as being a Eurosceptic.
Following controversy over the grooming of young white girls by Asian men (see Rochdale sex trafficking gang), Nick Griffin, the chairman of the far-right British National Party, stood against her in Keighley in the 2005 general election, coming fourth.
In May 2012, Cryer unsuccessfully stood as a Councillor in the Ilkley ward of Bradford Council.
When she entered parliament in 1997 she was joined by her son John Cryer who had been elected for Hornchurch; they formed the only mother and son partnership in the Commons at that time, although John Cryer was out of parliament during the 2005-10 period.
Until 2009, Cryer's Wikipedia page contained information associating the invention of the Internet to her. This remained unchallenged for many years, causing Cryer to be forced to deny the assertion in the press.
- Boldness be My Friend: Remembering Bob Cryer by Ann Cryer and John Cryer, 1997, Bradford Arts, Museums and Libraries Service, ISBN 0-907734-48-0
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- "CRYER, (Constance) Ann". Who's Who 2010 online edn. Oxford University Press. November 2009. Retrieved 28 February 2010.
- McIntyre, Annette (11 September 2008). "Ilkley MP wanted to change the world, but she didn't invent the internet!". Keighley News. Retrieved 2 April 2010.
- Strickland, Pat; Gay, Oonagh; Lourie, Julia; Cracknell, Richard (22 October 2001). "The Sex Discrimination (Election Candidates) Bill" (PDF). Research Paper 01/75. House of Commons Library. Retrieved 11 August 2009.
- Rentoul, John; Ward, Stephen; MacIntyre, Donald (9 January 1996). "Labour blow as all-women lists outlawed". London: The Independent. Retrieved 25 April 2010.
- House of Commons Hansard Debates for 16 May 1997 (pt 6)
- "How MPs voted on 42-day limit". BBC News Online. 11 June 2008.
- "MP calls for English tests for immigrants". BBC News Online. 13 July 2001.
- Drury, Ian (21 August 2008). "Veteran campaigning Labour MP Anne Cryer to step down at next general election 'due to decreasing energy levels'". London: The Daily Mail.
- "MP For The Keighley Constituency Ann Cryer". Ilkley.org - Wharfedale's Community on the Web. Wharfedale Online Trust.
- "Ilkley MP wanted to change the world, but she didn't invent the internet!". Keighley News. Keighley News.
- Official Website
- Guardian Unlimited Unlimited Politics - Ask Aristotle: Ann Cryer MP
- TheyWorkForYou.com - Ann Cryer MP
- The Public Whip - Ann Cryer MP voting record
- BBC News Profile
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Keighley
1997 - 2010