Rosie Winterton

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The Right Honourable
Rosie Winterton
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Opposition Chief Whip
Assumed office
7 October 2010
Leader Ed Miliband
Preceded by Nick Brown
Shadow Leader of the House of Commons
In office
12 May 2010 – 7 October 2010
Leader Harriet Harman
Ed Miliband
Preceded by Sir George Young
Succeeded by Hilary Benn
Minister of State for Local Government
In office
5 June 2009 – 11 May 2010
Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Preceded by John Healey
Succeeded by Grant Shapps
Minister of State for Work and Pensions
In office
24 January 2008 – 5 June 2009
Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Preceded by Caroline Flint
Succeeded by Angela Eagle
Member of Parliament
for Doncaster Central
Assumed office
1 May 1997
Preceded by Harold Walker
Majority 6,229 (14.9%)
Personal details
Born (1958-08-10) 10 August 1958 (age 56)
Leicester, Leicestershire, England
Political party Labour
Alma mater University of Hull

Rosalie Winterton (born 10 August 1958) is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Doncaster Central since 1997. She served under Prime Minister Gordon Brown as the Minister for Work and Pensions from 2008 to 2009, and the Minister for Local Government from 2009 to 2010. She later entered the Shadow Cabinet in May 2010 as the Shadow Leader of the House of Commons. In September 2010, she was nominated and elected unopposed as Labour Chief Whip.

Early life[edit]

Educated at St. Mary's (now Hill House School, Doncaster), Ackworth School (an independent boarding school) and Danum Grammar School for Girls on Danum Road[1] and then reading for a BA in History at the University of Hull[2] in 1979, Winterton first worked as John Prescott's Constituency Personal Assistant from 1980 until 1986,[2] and then Parliamentary Officers, first for Southwark Council for two years until 1988 and then for a further two for the Royal College of Nursing until 1990.[2] After working for four years in the private sector, as Managing Director of Connect Public Affairs, she returned to politics to assist John Prescott in 1994; Prescott had been elected as the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, and Winterton worked as Head of Office for the Deputy Party Leader until 1997.[2]

Parliamentary career[edit]

Winterton became an MP in the 1997 election, serving the safe Labour seat of Doncaster Central constituency with a vote share exceeding 50% in each general election until in 2010, where her vote share fell to 39.7%.[1] She entered government in 2001, serving as a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Lord Chancellor's Department, and became a Minister of State at the Department for Health in June 2003; in January 2006 her responsibilities were changed to Health Services,[3] including responsibility for NHS dentistry. She presided over the introduction of the new NHS dental contract of April 2006.

In June 2006, she was appointed to the Privy Council,[4] and she was sworn in on 19 July 2006.

In June 2007, she was appointed Minister of State at the Department for Transport by the new Prime Minister, Gordon Brown.[5] Winterton was subsequently appointed Minister for Yorkshire and the Humber in addition to her DfT responsibilities on 24 January 2008. She was promoted to Minister of State for Pensions at the Department for Work and Pensions in the October 2008 reshuffle, retaining her Ministerial brief for Yorkshire and the Humber.

Winterton was caught up in the row over MPs' expenses when it was claimed she used taxpayers' cash to soundproof the bedroom of her south London flat.[6] According to The Daily Telegraph, the minister claimed a total of £86,277 over four years in additional costs allowance – close to the total allowed under Parliament's green book. In the June 2009 reshuffle Winterton was moved to Minister of State for Regional Economic Development and Co-ordination at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department for Communities and Local Government and in that role was invited to attend cabinet when her responsibility was on the agenda.


  1. ^ a b Rosie Winterton: Electoral history and profile The Guardian
  2. ^ a b c d [1] Official biography
  3. ^ Public Whip page about Winterton
  4. ^ Norman Reginald appointed to the Privy Council Prime Minister's Office, 27 June 2006 (Archived)
  5. ^ Her Majesty's Government Prime Minister's Office (Archived)
  6. ^ Watt, Holly (29 May 2009). "MPs' expenses: Rosie Winterton claimed for soundproofing bedroom". London: Telegraph. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Harold Walker
Member of Parliament for Doncaster Central
Political offices
Preceded by
Caroline Flint
Minister of State for Work and Pensions
Succeeded by
Angela Eagle
Preceded by
John Healey
Minister of State for Local Government
Succeeded by
Grant Shapps
Preceded by
Sir George Young
Shadow Leader of the House of Commons
Succeeded by
Hilary Benn
Preceded by
Nick Brown
Chief Whip of the Labour Party