|Ian Mearns and Robin Hood tax at the G20|
|Member of Parliament
6 May 2010
21 April 1957 |
Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, England
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. 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.
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. Ian Mearns opposes renewing Trident nuclear weapons. Ian Mearns is also a supporter of same sex marriage.
- "Democracy Live: Your representatives: Ian Mearns". BBC. Retrieved 20 November 2012.
- Official results from Gateshead Council
- "Threat to Royal Regiment of Fusiliers meets united front". The Journal. 10 September 2012.
- The Jobseekers (Back to Work) Bill
- Ian Mearns MP - official website
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