Bob Wareing

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Bob Wareing
Member of Parliament
for Liverpool West Derby
In office
9 June 1983 – 6 May 2010
Preceded by Eric Ogden
Succeeded by Stephen Twigg
Personal details
Born (1930-08-20) 20 August 1930 (age 84)
Nationality British
Political party Independent
Other political
Labour (until 2007)
Spouse(s) Betty Coward
Alma mater University of London

Robert Nelson Wareing, commonly known as Bob Wareing (born 20 August 1930), is a British politician who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Liverpool West Derby from 1983 to 2010. Until November 2007 he was a Labour MP but resigned the party whip following his deselection as the party's candidate for his constituency.

Early life[edit]

Wareing was born in Liverpool and attended Ranworth Square Council School (now Ranworth Square Primary School) in Norris Green, then Alsop High School on Queens Drive in Liverpool. He gained an external BSc degree in Economics from the University of London in 1956 and a teacher's certificate from Bolton College of Education (now part of the University of Bolton) the following year. He was a local government officer for Liverpool Corporation from 1946 to 1948 and from 1950 to 1956. He was a lecturer at Brooklyn Technical College in Great Barr from 1957 to 1959, at Wigan and District Mining and Technical College from 1959 to 1963, at Liverpool College of Commerce on Tithebarn Street from 1963 to 1965, at Liverpool City Institute of Further Education from 1964 to 1972, and at the Central Liverpool College of Further Education from 1972 to 1983 as Deputy Head of Adult Education. Wareing replaced Eric Heffer as the councillor for the Pirrie ward in Walton constituency. He would represent the ward for 19 years.[citation needed]

Parliamentary career[edit]

Wareing was first elected to the House of Commons at the 1983 general election, having previously stood (unsuccessfully) in Liverpool Edge Hill at the by-election in March 1979 and at the 1979 general election. He also contested Berwick upon Tweed in 1970.

In 1995, Wareing, who was Chairman of the All-Party British-Yugoslav Parliamentary Group, was criticised by his party for holding talks with the Bosnian Serb leaders Radovan Karadzic and General Ratko Mladić.[1] In July 1997, the House of Commons Select Committee on Standards and Privileges reprimanded and suspended Wareing from the Commons for a week[2] over the non-declaration of the interests of his consultancy firm.[3] Known in some quarters as "Serbian Bob" or the "member for Belgrade" as a result of his pro-Serb views, he was one of the few Labour MPs to vote against the NATO intervention over Kosovo in 1999.

Wareing was a member of the Socialist Campaign Group, and an affiliate of the Labour Representation Committee, frequently rebelling against the government. On 31 October 2006, Wareing was one of 12 Labour MPs to back Plaid Cymru and the Scottish National Party's call for an inquiry into the Iraq War.[4] In August 2007 Wareing failed to gain sufficient support from grassroots Labour Party and trade union members to avoid facing a challenge in his reselection as the Labour candidate for the next general election. On 16 September 2007, Wareing was defeated in a selection contest by Stephen Twigg, a former MP. He denounced his deselection as the work of a "New Labour Mafia", announcing his intention to seek re-election as an independent, and resigned the Labour whip.[5][6] However, on 4 March 2010, Wareing announced he would not be standing at the general election.[7] During the February of the same year he hosted dinners for £4,000 at the Leading Ventures Associates with various Russian businessman which he also hosted between April and July of 2004 respectively.[8]

Personal life[edit]

He married Betty Coward (born July 1929) on 16 August 1962. She died in March 1989 in Lambeth.


  1. ^ Christian Wolmar (19 June 1997). ""Labour suspends MP in lobbying row". The Independent. Archived from the original on 11 April 2010. 
  2. ^ Anthony Bevins (30 July 1997). "Labour MP suspended for week". The Independent. Archived from the original on 11 April 2010. 
  3. ^ "Hansard". House of Commons. 30 Oct 1997. Archived from the original on 23 March 2002. 
  4. ^ "Labour MPs who rebelled on Iraq". BBC News. 31 October 2006. Archived from the original on 5 July 2009. Retrieved 31 October 2006. 
  5. ^ "Deselected Wareing to quit Labour". BBC News. 17 September 2007. Archived from the original on 10 May 2010. Retrieved 18 September 2007. 
  6. ^ David Bartlett (17 September 2007). "Rejected MP Bob Wareing vows to stand as an independent". Liverpool Daily Post. Archived from the original on 10 December 2008. Retrieved 24 September 2007. 
  7. ^ Ian Hernon (4 March 2010). "West Derby MP Bob Wareing announces he will not contest the next general election". Liverpool Echo. Archived from the original on 29 September 2012. 
  8. ^ David Barrett (6 February 2010). "MP Robert Wareing hosted Commons dinners for paying Russian businessmen". Archived from the original on 24 November 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Eric Ogden
Member of Parliament for Liverpool West Derby
Succeeded by
Stephen Twigg