Brian White (British politician)

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Brian White
Member of Parliament
for North East Milton Keynes
In office
1 May 1997 – 5 May 2005
Preceded by Peter Butler
Succeeded by Mark Lancaster
Personal details
Born (1957-05-05) 5 May 1957 (age 57)
Belfast
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Leena Lindholm

Brian Arthur Robert White (born 5 May 1957 in Belfast) is a Labour Party politician in the United Kingdom. He was Member of Parliament (MP) for North East Milton Keynes from 1997 to 2005.

Early life[edit]

He went to the Methodist College Belfast grammar school on Malone Road in Belfast.

He worked for HM Customs and Excise in Southend-on-Sea on the design of the VAT accounting system, then became an IT consultant, working in the USA, Finland and Canada, and for Abbey National until 1997.

Political career[edit]

Parliament[edit]

He was first elected to Parliament in the Labour victory at the 1997 general election with a 240-vote majority,[1] when he overturned the 14,000-vote majority of the sitting Conservative MP Peter Butler.[2]

He was returned at the 2001 election with a slightly increased majority of 1,829, but at the 2005 election he lost his seat to the Conservative candidate Mark Lancaster whose 1,665 majority represented a 3.6% swing.[3]

Local Government[edit]

Before his election to Parliament in 1997, White had been Deputy Leader of Milton Keynes Council and the Secretary of the Local Government Association Labour Group. He had joined the local council in 1987, but resigned to take his seat in Parliament.

In the local elections of May 2007, he was elected to Milton Keynes Council as a member for Stantonbury.[4] Between 2009 and 2010, he was leader of the Labour group on the Council, He was re-elected in May 2011. At present he is the Deputy Mayor of Milton Keynes, and is set to become mayor for 1 year beginning May 2013.

Other[edit]

He is a past Chair of the National Energy Foundation, Chair of United Sustainable Energy Agency and was on the Board of the Renewable Fuels Agency.

Personal life[edit]

He married Leena Lindholm on July 4, 1984 in Finland. He has two stepsons.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Milton Keynes North East". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Retrieved 2009-10-25. 
  2. ^ "1992 General Election Results". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Retrieved 2007-09-18. 
  3. ^ "Milton Keynes North East". Guardian Unlimited Politics (London). Retrieved 2007-09-18. [dead link]
  4. ^ Member Details: Councillor Brian WHITE (Milton Keynes Council)
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Peter Butler
Member of Parliament for North East Milton Keynes
19972005
Succeeded by
Mark Lancaster