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|John Pugh MP|
|Member of Parliament
7 June 2001
|Preceded by||Ronnie Fearn|
28 June 1948 |
Liverpool, Lancashire, England
|Political party||Liberal Democrats|
|Children||3 daughters, 1 son|
|Alma mater||Durham University|
|Website||John Pugh MP|
John David Pugh (born 28 June 1948, Liverpool) is a Liberal Democrat politician in the United Kingdom. He is Member of Parliament (MP) for Southport. First elected in 2001 with a majority of 3,007, he was re-elected in 2005 with a slightly increased majority of 3,838, and again in 2010 with a majority of 6,024, or 13.8%.
He also taught at Salesian College (later Savio High School) in Bootle.
Pugh joined the Liberal Party in 1977. Pugh served on Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council, representing Birkdale, from 1987 until his election to Parliament. At the time of his election, Pugh was leader of the council (from 1992), and of the Sefton Liberal Democrats.
Amongst Pugh's campaigning interests is public sector IT, specifically around the role Open Source Software might play. Pugh has argued that the public sector could reduce costs by increasing use of Open Source Software  and has accused the BBC of effectively giving Microsoft illegal state aid in only making their iPlayer download service available on Windows computers (at the time).
Locally in Southport, Pugh is interested in saving local pubs, and also in the booze culture that affects the UK. Pugh sees cheap alcohol deals in supermarkets as one of the major problems causing pub closures, and fuelling the booze culture. He also took the fight for Local Post Offices to 10 Downing Street.
In 2013, he became one of the few Liberal Democrat MPs to vote against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
Roles in parliament
- 2010- Co-Chair of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Committee for Health and Social Care
- 2008-10 Shadow Treasury Spokesperson 
- 2006-07 Shadow Health spokesperson
- 2005-06 Shadow Transport spokesperson,
- 2002-05 Shadow Ministerial Spokesman, Education
He is married to Annette with three daughters and a son. He moved to Southport in 1974.
Pugh's interests include philosophy, computers, weight-lifters and supporting Liverpool F.C.
- Liverpool Daily Post
- "Polling Guide - Southport". UK Election Report. Retrieved 2008-02-12.
- Merchant Taylors website.
- John Pugh
- "Opinion: John Pugh MP writes". Lib Dem Voice. 2007-10-07. Retrieved 2008-02-07.
- "Debate on Government IT and Software Procurement". Hansard. Retrieved 2008-02-07.
- "MP accuses BBC chief of illegally championing Microsoft". The Register. Retrieved 2008-02-07.
- They Work For You
- Southport TV
- Champion Newspaper
- Southport Visitor
- Southport Reporter
- George Eaton, "Labour and Lib Dem MPs who voted against gay marriage: full list", New Statesman, 06-02-2013. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
- http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/mp.php?id=uk.org.publicwhip/ PublicWhip
- Liberal Democrat website also epolitix.com
- John Pugh MP official constituency website
- Southport - Diary of John Pugh MP
- Profile at the Liberal Democrats
- Southport Lib Dems
- Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
- Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 1803–2005
- Current session contributions in Parliament at Hansard
- Electoral history and profile at The Guardian
- Voting record at Public Whip
- Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou
- Profile at Westminster Parliamentary Record
- Profile at BBC News Democracy Live
- Articles authored at Journalisted
- John Pugh MP at Open Rights Group
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Southport