Chris Williamson (politician)

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Chris Williamson
Chris Williamson MP.jpg
Member of Parliament
for Derby North
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Bob Laxton
Majority 613 (1.4%)
Personal details
Born (1956-09-16) 16 September 1956 (age 58)
Derby, Derbyshire, England
Alma mater De Montfort University

Christopher (Chris) Williamson (born 16 September 1956)[1] is a British Labour Party politician, who was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Derby North in 2010. He was also a local councillor, representing the Normanton ward on Derby City Council until his resignation in 2011.[2]

Born in Derby, he attended the St John Fisher Primary School in Alvaston; Castle DoningtonHigh School, and St Thomas More High School, Allenton. He later attended the Leicester Polytechnic where he obtained a CQSW in 1985.

He worked as a mechanical engineering apprentice for a year from 1972 before working six years as a bricklayer. He was a social worker in Derby between 1983 and 1986 before working as a welfare rights officer. He has been vegan since the 1970s.[3]

Chris Williamson joined the Labour Party in 1976 and became a councillor in 1991 and became Leader of the Labour Group on Derby City Council. He was Leader of Derby City Council on two separate occasions. He is a member of the League Against Cruel Sports and is vice chair of the Local Government Anti Poverty Forum.[4]

He was the second newly elected MP of the 2010 intake to make his maiden speech in the House of Commons, speaking in response to the Queen's Speech on 25 May 2010.

In October 2010, he became a shadow junior minister for communities but was sacked three years later.


  1. ^ "Who's Who". Retrieved 2012-10-19. 
  2. ^ "DERBY North MP Chris Williamson has resigned from his position as councillor for Normanton after 20 years.". This is Derbyshire. 2011-03-26. Retrieved 2012-10-19. 
  3. ^ Kerry McCarthy MP full transcript (column 898), World Vegan Day, Adjournment Debate, House of Commons, 10.27 pm - 10.56 pm, 1 November 2011.
  4. ^ "Chris Williamson - Parliamentary candidates - Telegraph". Retrieved 2012-10-19. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Bob Laxton
Member of Parliament for Derby North