Ian Mearns

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Ian Mearns
Ian Mearns MP and Robin Hood tax at the G20 (6306042430).jpg
Ian Mearns and Robin Hood tax at the G20
Member of Parliament
for Gateshead
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Majority 12,549 (32.7%)
Personal details
Born (1957-04-21) 21 April 1957 (age 58)
Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, England
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Religion None

Ian Mearns (born 21 April 1957)[1][2] is a British Labour Party politician who is the Prospective Parliamentary Candidate (PPC) for Gateshead. He was first elected at the 2010 general election.[3][4]

Early life[edit]

Born in Newcastle upon Tyne to a World War II veteran, Mearns was educated at St Mary's RC Primary School, Forest Hall and St Mary's RC Technical College in Newcastle.[5] He worked for British Gas plc from 1974. He has been a member of Gateshead Borough Council since 1983. I

Parliamentary career[edit]

Mearns was elected to Parliament in 2010 with a majority of 12,549, in a Gateshead seat created by boundary changes.

Along with fellow new North Eastern MPs Ian Lavery and Grahame Morris, is perceived to be on the left-wing of the Labour party[6] He was one of 16 signatories of an open letter to Ed Miliband in January 2015 calling on the party to commit to oppose further austerity, take rail franchises back into public ownership and strengthen collective bargaining arrangements[7]

In Parliament he has served on the Education Select Committee and the Backbench Business Committee in the 2010-2015 Parliament.[8] He also was a member of the bill committee for HS2, which he has criticised for treating residents of the north east other regions not served by the line as "lesser citizens"[9]

In March 2013 Ian resigned as PPS to Ivan Lewis in order to defy the Labour whip and vote against the Jobseekers (Back to Work Schemes) Bill which retroactively changed DWP rules relating to mandatory unpaid labour schemes for the unemployed.[10]


External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament for Gateshead