Jamie Cann

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Jamie Cann
Member of Parliament
for Ipswich
In office
9 April 1992 – 15 October 2001
Preceded by Michael Irvine
Succeeded by Chris Mole
Personal details
Born (1946-06-28)28 June 1946
Barton upon Humber, Lincolnshire, England
Died 15 October 2001(2001-10-15) (aged 55)
Nationality British
Political party Labour

Jamie Charles Cann (28 June 1946 – 15 October 2001) was a British Labour Party politician, who was the Leader of Ipswich Borough Council from 1979 to 1991, before becoming the Member of Parliament for (MP) Ipswich in 1992, a seat he held until his death in 2001.

Early and family life[edit]

He was educated at Barton-upon-Humber Grammar School and Kesteven College of Education. He then became a primary school teacher, serving as deputy headmaster of Handford Hall Primary School in Ipswich from 1981 to 1992.[1]

He married Rosemary Lovitt in 1970. They had two sons.[1]

Political career[edit]

Cann voted against equalising the age of consent for same-sex relations.[2] In 1998 he was fined £1,000, and disqualified from driving for 18 months for drink-driving.[3]

Renowned as an MP with acerbic wit[citation needed], he spent most of his time campaigning in the constituency.[1] As leader of Ipswich Borough Council, he was noted as a reformer and helped make Ipswich a model local authority.[4] Many local campaigns were fronted by Cann including the successful Whitefriars development, saving the Wolsey Theatre and town centre supermarket whilst keeping Ipswich as one of the best providers and maintainers of local authority housing in Britain[citation needed].

He died in office in October 2001, of liver disease, after a spell in hospital in Cambridge. The subsequent by-election for his seat was held on 22 November and won by the Labour candidate Chris Mole.[5] A retirement home on the Ravenswood development in Ipswich was named after him following his death, in his honour.[6]


  1. ^ a b c Dalyell, Tam (16 October 2001). "Obituaries: Jamie Cann". The Independent. Retrieved 11 January 2010. 
  2. ^ Glover, Julian (15 October 2001). "MP Cann dies aged 55". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Labour MP fined for drink-driving". BBC News online. 7 September 1998. Retrieved 11 January 2010. 
  4. ^ White, Michael (16 October 2001). "Death of Labour MP brings first byelection". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Labour victory in Ipswich by-election". BBC News online. 23 November 2001. Retrieved 11 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "Full Council 17th December 2002 Written statement by Jane Hore, Portfolio Holder for External Relations". Ipswich Council. Retrieved 11 January 2010. 

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Michael Irvine
Member of Parliament for Ipswich
Succeeded by
Chris Mole