John Spellar

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The Right Honourable
John Spellar
Jon Tandy Meets Labour Minister John Spellar (4557106957).jpg
Shadow Minister of State for
Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
Assumed office
9 October 2010
Leader Ed Miliband
Preceded by Chris Bryant
Comptroller of the Household
In office
5 October 2008 – 11 May 2010
Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Preceded by Tommy McAvoy
Succeeded by Alistair Carmichael
Minister of State for Northern Ireland
In office
12 June 2003 – 11 May 2005
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Preceded by Jane Kennedy
Succeeded by David Hanson
Member of Parliament
for Warley
Warley West (1992–1997)
Assumed office
9 April 1992
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Preceded by Peter Archer
Majority 10,756 (28.1%)
Member of Parliament
for Birmingham Northfield
In office
28 October 1982 – 9 June 1983
Preceded by Jocelyn Cadbury
Succeeded by Roger King
Personal details
Born (1947-08-05) 5 August 1947 (age 67)
Bromley, Kent, England
Political party Labour
Alma mater St Edmund Hall, Oxford

John Francis Spellar (born 5 August 1947) is a British Labour Party politician, and the Member of Parliament (MP) for Warley. He served as a Minister of State at the Northern Ireland Office, before returning to the backbenches in 2005. Spellar was Comptroller of the Household and the third most senior whip in the Whips' Office between October 2008 and May 2010.

Spellar was educated at Dulwich College and St Edmund Hall, Oxford and worked as a trade union official.

He was a councillor in the London Borough of Bromley between 1970 and 1974. He was first elected to Parliament in 1982 for Birmingham Northfield, but lost at the 1983 General Election, he stood again in the 1987 General Election but was again unsuccessful. He returned to the House of Commons in the 1992 General Election representing Warley West and was appointed an opposition whip. He became an opposition spokesman for Northern Ireland in 1994, moving to shadow Defence ministers in 1995. When Tony Blair formed his government in 1997, Spellar was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence, being promoted to become Minister of State for the Armed Forces in 1999. He was appointed to the Privy Council in 2001 when appointed as Minister of State for Transport in the Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions with rights to attend Cabinet. After the 2002 reshuffle, he became Minister of State at the Department for Transport, and moved to the Northern Ireland Office in 2003. He left the front benches in 2005, but in 2008 rejoined the government as a whip (Comptroller of the Household), in which role he served until Labour entered opposition in May 2010.

Spellar is a member of the Henry Jackson Society Advisory Council.[1]


  1. ^ "Advisory Council". Henry Jackson Society. Retrieved 31 August 2013. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Jocelyn Cadbury
Member of Parliament for Birmingham Northfield
Succeeded by
Roger King
Preceded by
Peter Archer
Member of Parliament for Warley West
Constituency Abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Warley
Political offices
Preceded by
Gus Macdonald
Minister of State for Transport
Succeeded by
Kim Howells
Preceded by
Tommy McAvoy
Comptroller of the Household
Succeeded by
Alistair Carmichael