Ian Pearson

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Ian Pearson
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Economic Secretary to the Treasury
In office
5 October 2008 – 11 May 2010
Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Preceded by Kitty Ussher
Succeeded by Justine Greening
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Economics and Business
In office
5 October 2008 – 9 June 2009
Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Preceded by Gareth Thomas
(promoted to Minister at DBERR)
Succeeded by Pat McFadden
(as Minister of State at DBIS)
Minister of State for Science
In office
28 June 2007 – 5 October 2008
Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Preceded by Malcolm Wicks
Succeeded by The Lord Drayson
Member of Parliament
for Dudley South
Dudley West (1994-1997)
In office
15 December 1994 – 6 May 2010
Preceded by John Blackburn
Succeeded by Chris Kelly
Personal details
Born (1959-04-05) 5 April 1959 (age 55)
Dudley, West Midlands
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Alma mater University of Warwick, Balliol College, Oxford

Ian Phares Pearson (born 5 April 1959) is a British Labour Party politician who was a Member of Parliament (MP) from 1994 until 2010, representing Dudley West from 1994 until 1997, and then Dudley South from 1997 until his retirement from the House of Commons at the 2010 general election. He served as Economic Secretary to the Treasury from 2008 to 2010.

Early life[edit]

Pearson was educated at Balliol College, Oxford (BA Philosophy, Politics, and Economics) and the University of Warwick (MA, PhD).

Political career[edit]

Having unsuccessfully contested Bexhill and Battle in the 1983 general election, Pearson entered parliament for Dudley West in a by-election in December 1994, winning a Conservative seat left vacant by the death of John Blackburn in October of that year.[1] He won the seat with nearly 70% of the votes, with the Conservative candidates polling at less than 20%.[2]

Boundary changes saw him move to the newly created constituency of Dudley South in 1997.

Pearson served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Paymaster-General Geoffrey Robinson from 1997 until Robinson was forced to resign in 1998. In 2001 he returned to the government as a whip. In 2002 he moved to the Northern Ireland Office as a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State. After the 2005 general election he was promoted to Minister of State for Trade in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

In the PM's 2006 reshuffle, he was appointed as Minister of State for Climate Change and Environment at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

However, he was respected by a great deal of his local constituents, not least because of his vigorous (though ultimately unsuccessful) campaigning against the closure of Wordsley Hospital and the centralisation of all of Dudley borough's inpatient services to Russells Hall Hospital.[citation needed]

In an interview with The Guardian published on 5 January 2007, Pearson courted considerable controversy by publicly criticising several airlines, particularly Ryanair, for failing to pull their weight in lowering UK carbon emissions. He described Ryanair as "the irresponsible face of capitalism".[3] In response, Michael O'Leary, the CEO of Ryanair, claimed Ryanair had made a considerable investment in environmentally friendly planes and technologies and had the lowest fuel use per passenger figures of any British airline. O'Leary described Pearson as an "silly", adding that Pearson "hadn't a clue what he [was] talking about".[4]

On 29 June 2007, Pearson was moved in Gordon Brown's first reshuffle to become a Minister of State in the newly created Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills under Secretary of State John Denham.[5] Whilst there he was criticised for not doing anything to avert the current funding crisis at the Science and Technology Facilities Council hitting UK Astronomy and particle physics. In Gordon Brown's next reshuffle of 3 October 2008, Pearson was moved to the Treasury as Economic Secretary, also becoming Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Economics and Business. In the June 2009 reshuffle Pearson retained his role at the Treasury but lost his business role as the department was merged to create the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

On 21 January 2010, Pearson announced that he would not contest the next general election.[6]

Family controversy[edit]

Pearson's brother, Martin, a financial adviser, was jailed in February 2009 for four and a half years, after he admitted defrauding his clients of £650,000. Ian said “I have no connection whatsoever with my brother’s professional life and it would be inappropriate for me to comment further."[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cosgrave, Patrick (13 October 1994). "Obituary: John Blackburn". The Independent (London). Archived from the original on 26 October 2012. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Wintour, Patrick (5 January 2007). "Labour targets airlines over carbon emissions". The Guardian (London). Archived from the original on 17 November 2007. Retrieved 25 October 2010. 
  4. ^ "Ryanair hits back in 'green' row". BBC News. 5 January 2007. Archived from the original on 7 January 2007. Retrieved 25 October 2010. 
  5. ^ "Pearson is named science minister". BBC News. 4 July 2007. Archived from the original on 22 August 2007. Retrieved 25 October 2010. 
  6. ^ "Dudley MP standing down". Birmingham Post. 21 January 2010. Archived from the original on 24 September 2012. Retrieved 25 October 2010. 
  7. ^ "Treasury minister's adviser brother ordered to repay fraud proceeds". MoneyMarketing. 28 September 2009. Archived from the original on 25 October 2009. Retrieved 25 October 2010. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Blackburn
Member of Parliament for Dudley West
19941997
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Dudley South
19972010
Succeeded by
Chris Kelly
Political offices
Preceded by
Malcolm Wicks
Minister of State for Science
2007–2008
Succeeded by
The Lord Drayson
Preceded by
Gareth Thomas (Promoted to Minister at the DBERR)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Economics and Business
2008 & ndash; 2009
Position abolished
Preceded by
Kitty Ussher
Economic Secretary to the Treasury
2008 – 2010
Succeeded by
Justine Greening