Jim Dowd (politician)
|Member of Parliament
for Lewisham West and Penge
Lewisham West (1992–2010)
9 April 1992
|Preceded by||John Maples|
5 March 1951 |
Bad Eilsen, Lower Saxony, West Germany
Jim Dowd grew up in Lewisham, London, with an Irish father and German mother. He was educated at the Dalmain Infant and Junior Schools in Forest Hill; the Sedgehill Comprehensive School, Catford, and the London Nautical School, Lambeth. He began his career in telephone engineering as an apprentice in 1967 with the General Post Office (GPO). After his apprenticeship in 1972, he became a manager at a Heron petrol station for a year before joining Plessey as a telecommunications engineer in 1973, where he remained until his election to Parliament.
Dowd was elected as a councillor in the London Borough of Lewisham in 1974, becoming deputy leader in 1984 for two years. He was twice deputy mayor in 1987 and 1990, and was the Mayor of Lewisham in 1992. He stepped down from the council in 1994.
Dowd first stood for Parliament at the 1983 general election for the seat of Beckenham, finishing in third place behind the long-standing Conservative MP Philip Goodhart by some 17,330 votes. At the 1987 general election he contested the marginal seat of Lewisham West, but was defeated by John Maples by 3,772 votes.
Jim Dowd entered the new Tony Blair team as an opposition whip in 1994, before becoming the spokesman on Northern Ireland in 1995. Following the election of the Labour government at the 1997 General Election he was given a place in the Blair government as a whip. He was unexpectedly sacked after the 2001 general election, since when he has been a member of the Health Select Committee and maintained a voting record strongly in line with government policies. In June 2012, Jim joined the Science & Technology Select Committee.
Dowd is a member of the Unite trade union.
- Dowd (surname)
- Jim Dowd official site
- Guardian Unlimited Politics - Ask Aristotle: Jim Dowd MP
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Jim Dowd
- The Public Whip - Jim Dowd MP voting record
- BBC News: Politics - Jim Dowd MP profile (2005)
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Lewisham West
|New constituency||Member of Parliament for Lewisham West and Penge