|Member of Parliament
for Scarborough and Whitby
1 May 1997 – 5 May 2005
|Preceded by||Constituency Established|
|Succeeded by||Robert Goodwill|
|Born||25 December 1956|
|Spouse(s)||Anne Christine Eames|
|Alma mater||University of Hertfordshire|
He went to Pennine Way primary school in Harraby and Harraby Comprehensive School (now called North Cumbria Technology College NCTC) on Edgehill Road in Carlisle. At Hatfield Polytechnic, he gained a BSc in civil engineering in 1979.
He was Member of Parliament for Scarborough and Whitby for two terms until being ousted by Conservative candidate Robert Goodwill in the United Kingdom general election of 2005. Lawrie lost the seat by 1,245 votes. It has been suggested[who?] that votes for the local Liberal Democrat candidate, the Iraq war, and negative feeling towards Tony Blair (who visited Scarborough the day before polling day to consolidate support) resulted in the marginal loss.
He was unexpectedly elected to Parliament in the 1997 General Election, as part of the Labour landslide election victory while he was not really expecting to win a normally Conservative seat which he retained in the 2001 General Election, and is a member of the Fabian Society.
Since losing his seat he has returned to engineering, working as Tube Lines New Works Delivery Manager on secondment from Bechtel (2005 until 2007) then as the Rail Projects Delivery Manager for Bechtel based in London.
He married Anne Christine Eames in 1982.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Lawrie Quinn
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|New constituency||Member of Parliament for Scarborough and Whitby