Joyce Quin, Baroness Quin

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The Right Honourable
The Baroness Quin
PC
Minister for Europe
In office
28 July 1998 – 28 July 1999
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Preceded by Doug Henderson
Succeeded by Geoff Hoon
Minister of State for Home Affairs
In office
2 May 1997 – 28 July 1998
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Preceded by Ann Widdecombe
Succeeded by Gareth Williams, Baron Williams of Mostyn
Member of Parliament
for Gateshead East and Washington West
Gateshead East (1987-1997)
In office
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 (1979-1984)
In office
10 June 1979 – 18 June 1989
Preceded by Constituency established
Succeeded by Constituency abolished
Personal details
Born (1944-11-26) 26 November 1944 (age 69)
Political party Labour
Occupation Politician

Joyce Gwendolen Quin, Baroness Quin, PC (born 26 November 1944) is a Labour Party politician in the United Kingdom.

Quin was educated at Whitley Bay Grammar School,[citation needed] 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.[1] On 30 May, she was created Baroness Quin, of Gateshead in the County of Tyne and Wear.[2] 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. Quin is the grand-niece of Labour Party politician Joshua Ritson (1874–1955). [3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New working life peers unveiled". BBC News Online. 11 April 2006. Retrieved 2009-05-25. 
  2. ^ The London Gazette: no. 58001. p. 7665. 5 June 2006. Retrieved 2009-05-25.
  3. ^ Robert Waller, Byron Criddle, The Almanac of British politics (vol 7), Routledge (2002); ISBN 0-415-26833-8, ISBN 978-0-415-26833-2, page 383.
European Parliament
New constituency Member of the European Parliament for Tyne South and Wear
19791984
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of the European Parliament for Tyne and Wear
19841989
Constituency abolished
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Bernard Conlan
Member of Parliament for Gateshead East
19871997
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Gateshead East and Washington West
19972005
Succeeded by
Sharon Hodgson
Political offices
Preceded by
Doug Henderson
Minister for Europe
1998–1999
Succeeded by
Geoff Hoon