David Clelland

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David Clelland
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Member of Parliament
for Tyne Bridge
In office
5 December 1985 – 6 May 2010
Preceded by Harry Cowans
Succeeded by Constituency Abolished
Personal details
Born (1943-06-27) 27 June 1943 (age 71)
Gateshead
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Maureen Potts (married 1965, separated 1998, died 2007), Brenda Graham (married 2005)
Children 2 from first marriage

David Gordon Clelland (born 27 June 1943) is a British Labour Party politician. He was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Tyne Bridge from 1985 until 2010.

Early life[edit]

David Clelland was born in Gateshead and educated locally at the Kelvin Grove Boys' School (now a primary school) on Kelvin Grove and the Gateshead and Hebburn Technical Colleges. After leaving education in 1959 he was an electrical fitter for Rayrolle in Hebburn for twenty-two years from 1964. He was elected as a councillor in the Metropolitan Borough of Gateshead in 1972 and became its leader in 1984.

Parliamentary career[edit]

He was selected to contest the 1985 Tyne Bridge by-election, one of the safest Labour seats in the country, which had become vacant following the death of the MP Harry Cowans. Clelland won the seat at the by-election on 5 December 1985 with a majority of 6,575. At the by-election he defeated Rod Kenyon and Jacqui Lait, the future Conservative Member of Parliament for Beckenham.

In Parliament David Clelland served on the Home Affairs Select Committee from 1986 until he joined the Energy Select Committee for a year in 1989. He became a whip in opposition in 1995 under the leadership of Tony Blair and was made an Assistant Government Whip in office following the 1997 General Election. He was promoted to become a Lord Commissioner to the Treasury, a 'full' whip, in January 2001.

He ceased being a whip in 2002, and became a member of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister Select Committee, until 2005. Following the 2005 General Election he became a member of the Transport Committee. In 2002 he was appointed an advisor to the Minister of Sport Richard Caborn on greyhound racing.

Following boundary changes the seat of Tyne Bridge was abolished and replaced by a new seat Gateshead at 2010 general election. Following a close fought contest with Sharon Hodgson, the MP for Gateshead East and Washington West, Clelland was chosen to fight the new seat at the next election for the Labour Party.

On 26 January 2010, Clelland announced that he would stand down at the 2010 General Election.[1]

Controversy[edit]

David Clelland hit the headlines in July 2008 with his reply to a letter from a disgruntled constituent. The constituent, a Mr Gary Scott, wrote to Clelland accusing him of following the views of the Labour Party and not those of his constituents.[2] Clelland responded by saying: "Given your rude and offensive manner I accept your offer not to vote for me again - if indeed you ever have - I do not want your vote so you can stick it where it best pleases you."[3][4]

Personal life[edit]

David Clelland married Maureen Potts on 31 March 1965 in Gateshead, with whom he had two children and four grandchildren. In 1998 they separated after Clelland had an affair with his secretary, Brenda Graham,[5] who he later married in 2005.[6] Maureen Clelland died in May 2007.

He also recorded "The Socialist ABC" on the CD "From Tees to Tyne", saying "I've been singing this song as a party piece for years, but I was surprised and delighted when the people from The Northumbria Anthology asked me to record it"..

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