|The Right Honourable
|Member of Parliament
for Greenwich and Woolwich
9 April 1992
|Preceded by||Rosie Barnes|
|Member of Parliament
10 April 1986 – 11 June 1987
|Preceded by||Martin Stevens|
|Succeeded by||Matthew Carrington|
28 January 1945 |
Northampton, Northamptonshire, England
|Spouse(s)||Anne Jelley (m 1968)
|Alma mater||Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge|
Wyvill Richard Nicolls Raynsford (born 28 January 1945), known as Nick Raynsford, is a British Labour Party politician. A government minister from 1997 to 2005, he has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Greenwich & Woolwich since 1997, having previously been MP for Greenwich from 1992 to 1997, and for Fulham from 1986 to 1987.
He is the son of the late Wyvill Raynsford and Patricia Raynsford (née Dunn) and brought up at Milton Manor in Milton Malsor a village just outside the town of Northampton. He was educated at Repton School and Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, from where he graduated with a BA degree in History in 1966. He also has a Diploma in Art and Design from the Chelsea School of Art.
At university Raynsford was rusticated (suspended) for a year for night climbing. In the course of this he had displayed a banner against the Vietnam War between the pinnacles of King's College Chapel.
He married Anne Jelley in 1968, and they had three daughters. They were divorced in 2011, and he is now the husband of Alison Seabeck, the Labour MP for Plymouth Moor View. Raynsford's ancestry can be seen in Burke's Landed Gentry.
Member of Parliament
Raynsford was first elected a Member of Parliament (MP) for the Labour Party in a by-election in Fulham Constituency in 1986, but at the 1987 General Election lost to Conservative candidate Matthew Carrington.
He then became MP for Greenwich at the 1992 general election, and at the 1997 general election he won the re-drawn seat of Greenwich & Woolwich. He retained the seat at the 2001, 2005 and 2010 general elections, with majorities of 13,433, 10,146 and 10,153 respectively.
In Parliament, Raynsford was Parliamentary Private Secretary to Roy Hattersley and an Opposition spokesman 1986-87 and an Opposition frontbench spokesman from 1993-97. When Labour came to power in 1997 he was appointed a Parliamentary Under Secretary in the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, and was promoted to Minister of State in the department as Minister for Housing and Planning from 1999 to 2001, and Minister for Local Government 2001-02, and in the again reorganised Office of the Deputy Prime Minister 2002-2005, with special responsibility for local government, English regions, electoral law, fire, health and safety and London.
In May 2014 Raynsford expressed his opposition to a memorial to murdered soldier Lee Rigby, suggesting it "“would not in my view be helpful” because it “might attract undesirable interest from extremists”. Greenwich Council noted they had been "overwhelmed by interest in a local memorial”, but also opposed the tribute.
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- MP leaves wife
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- Lee Rigby memorial: 'All I want is to know my son will not be forgotten’ - Telegraph
- Nick Raysford official site
- Nick Raynsford's Weblog official blog
- 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
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Fulham
|Member of Parliament for Greenwich
1992 – 1997
|New constituency||Member of Parliament for Greenwich & Woolwich
1997 – present
|Minister of State for Housing and Planning