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 57)
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 Member of Parliament (MP) for Gateshead. He was first elected at the 2010 general election.[3][4]

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. In Parliament he has served on the Education Select Committee since 2010.

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.[6]

Political views[edit]

Ian Mearns, along with fellow North Eastern MPs Ian Lavery and Grahame Morris, is perceived to be on the left-wing of the Labour Party.[7] Ian Mearns opposes renewing Trident nuclear weapons. Ian Mearns is also a supporter of same sex marriage.


External links[edit]

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