David Winnick

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David Winnick
MP
Member of Parliament
for Walsall North
Incumbent
Assumed office
3 May 1979
Preceded by Robin Hodgson
Majority 990 (2.7%)
Member of Parliament
for Croydon South
In office
31 March 1966 – 18 June 1970
Preceded by Richard Thompson
Succeeded by Richard Thompson
Personal details
Born David Julian Winnick
(1933-06-26) 26 June 1933 (age 81)
Brighton, Sussex, England[1]
Nationality British
Political party Labour

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[edit]

Born into a British Jewish family,[2] 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.

In January 2009, he urged the communities minister to deplore the fact that Richard Williamson, a British-born bishop and Holocaust denier, had been brought back into the fold by the Vatican.[3]

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.[4]

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Richard Thompson
Member of Parliament for Croydon South
1966–1970
Succeeded by
Richard Thompson
Preceded by
Robin Hodgson
Member of Parliament for Walsall North
1979–present
Incumbent