Joyce Quin, Baroness Quin
|The Right Honourable
The Baroness Quin
|Minister for Europe|
28 July 1998 – 28 July 1999
|Prime Minister||Tony Blair|
|Preceded by||Doug Henderson|
|Succeeded by||Geoff Hoon|
|Member of Parliament
for Gateshead East and Washington West
Gateshead East (1987-1997)
11 June 1987 – 5 May 2005
|Preceded by||Bernard Conlan|
|Succeeded by||Sharon Hodgson|
|Member of the European Parliament
for Tyne and Wear
Tyne South and Wear (1979-1985)
10 June 1979 – 18 June 1989
|Preceded by||Constituency established|
|Succeeded by||Constituency abolished|
|Born||26 November 1944|
Quin was educated at Whitley Bay Grammar School, University of Newcastle and the London School of Economics. She worked as a French language lecturer and tutor at the University of Bath and Durham University.
She served as Member of the European Parliament for Tyne South and Wear and Tyne and Wear successively from 1979 to 1989, and entered the House of Commons in the 1987 election as Member of Parliament for Gateshead East. After boundary changes for the 1997 general election, she represented the new Gateshead East and Washington West constituency from 1997 until she stepped down at the 2005 general election and was replaced by Sharon Hodgson.
Quin served as prisons minister, Minister for Europe, and as a junior agriculture minister. She asked to retire as a minister in 2001 to concentrate on her constituency interests. She had intended to stand for membership of a North East Regional Assembly on her retirement from Westminster, but the proposed body was rejected by a margin of 4–1 in a referendum in November 2004.
In April 2006, it was announced that Quin had been nominated for a life peerage by the Labour Party. On 30 May, she was created Baroness Quin, of Gateshead in the County of Tyne and Wear. In November 2007, she was appointed Chair of the Franco-British Council (British Section). She was appointed a shadow Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs minister by Harriet Harman in May 2010, and was retained in that role by Ed Miliband after his election as Leader of the Labour Party. She stood down from this position in July 2011.
- "New working life peers unveiled". BBC News Online. 11 April 2006. Retrieved 2009-05-25.
- The London Gazette: . 5 June 2006. Retrieved 2009-05-25.
- Robert Waller, Byron Criddle, The almanac of British politics, Volume 7, Publisher Routledge, 2002, ISBN 0-415-26833-8, ISBN 978-0-415-26833-2, 929 pages (page 383)
|New constituency||Member of the European Parliament for Tyne South and Wear
|New constituency||Member of the European Parliament for Tyne and Wear
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Gateshead East
|New constituency||Member of Parliament for Gateshead East and Washington West
|Minister for Europe