|Member of Parliament
for Walsall North
3 May 1979
|Preceded by||Robin Hodgson|
|Member of Parliament
for Croydon South
31 March 1966 – 18 June 1970
|Preceded by||Richard Thompson|
|Succeeded by||Richard Thompson|
|Born||David Julian Winnick
26 June 1933
Brighton, Sussex, England
David Julian Winnick (born 26 June 1933) is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Walsall North since 1979. Previously he was the MP for Croydon South from 1966 to 1970.
Life and career
Born into a British Jewish family, Winnick was an advertising manager and a branch chairman of the Clerical and Administrative Workers Union. He was a councillor from 1959 on Willesden Borough Council, then on the London Borough of Brent.
Winnick was elected in 1966 as MP for Croydon South (now the area covered roughly by Croydon Central constituency), defeating incumbent Richard Thompson. He lost the seat to Thompson in 1970. After completing a diploma in social administration at the London School of Economics, he stood again in Croydon Central in October 1974 and was returned for Walsall North in 1979.
Winnick is generally regarded as on the left of the Labour Party and has a strong, (but highly selective) commitment to human rights. That commitment made him a strong voice in the House of Commons against both the Taliban and Saddam Hussein and he supported the 2003 invasion of Iraq, despite the fact that the Labour government and Tony Blair funded and armed dictatorships such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
He was a member of the British-Irish Parliamentary body from its formation in 1990, and British co-chair, 1997-2005.
On 9 November 2005, Winnick's amendment to a government bill on detention of terrorist suspects without trial, proposing that the maximum period of detention should be 28 days rather than 90, passed in the House of Commons by 323 votes to 290, shortly after the government's 90-day proposal was defeated by 322 to 291. This was Tony Blair's first Commons defeat on a whipped vote, after nearly nine years as Prime Minister, and may come to be seen as a critical moment of his term in office.
Winnick played a prominent role in the campaign to force the resignation of the Speaker of the House of Commons, Michael Martin. This followed controversy from May 2009 concerning MPs' disclosure of expenses.
- Jessica Elgot. "New Jewish ministers and the Miliband rivalry". The Jewish Chronicle.
- No excuse for anti-Semitism
- Under-fire Speaker to step down
- David Winnick official site
- Guardian Unlimited Politics - Ask Aristotle: David Winnick MP
- TheyWorkForYou.com - David Winnick MP
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by David Winnick
- The Public Whip - David Winnick MP voting record
- Public Whip - Commons vote on Winnick's amendment to Terrorism Bill Clause 23, 9 November 2005
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Croydon South
|Member of Parliament for Walsall North