|Member of Parliament |
2 May 1997 – 12 April 2010
|Preceded by||Gary Waller|
|Succeeded by||Kris Hopkins|
|Born||14 December 1939|
Lytham St Annes, England
|Spouse(s)||Bob Cryer (m. 1963; wid. 1994) |
John Hammersley (m. 2003; wid. 2004)
|Children||One son John Cryer, one daughter Jane Cryer, two stepchildren|
|Alma mater||Bolton Institute of Technology|
Constance Ann Cryer JP (born 14 December 1939) is a former British Labour Party politician, who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Keighley from the 1997 general election up until she stood down at the 2010 general election.
Born Constance Place in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, she comes from a political family. Her father, Allen Place, was an activist in the Independent Labour Party, as was his mother, Dinah Place, a suffragette. She was educated at St John's Primary School in Darwen and Spring Bank Secondary Modern School in the same town, before attending the Bolton Institute of Technology.
Cryer joined the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament when she was 18 and in 1961 became the youngest serving councillor in the country. She was selected as the prospective Labour candidate for the Keighley constituency, the seat her husband had held, from an all-women shortlist. She was elected to the House of Commons at the 1997 general election, defeating the sitting Conservative MP Gary Waller by 7,132 votes. She made her maiden speech on 16 May 1997.
When she entered parliament in 1997 she was joined by her son John who had been elected for Hornchurch; they were the only mother and son partnership in the Commons at that time, although John Cryer was out of parliament during the 2005–10 parliament.
Cryer was re-elected in the 2001 and 2005 general elections. After the 2005 general election, she was a member of the Home Affairs Select Committee. She voted against the government on many occasions and was a member of the left-wing Socialist Campaign Group during her time in parliament. Cryer voted with the government to increase detention without trial to 42 days for terror suspects. She favours nuclear disarmament.
Cryer attracted media attention, and death threats, for speaking out against forced marriages, honour killings, calling on immigrants to learn to speak English before entering the country, and for being amongst the first people to talk about the issue of gangs of Asian men sexually abusing children in Yorkshire.
Cryer married Bob Cryer in 1963. She became a researcher in social history at the University of Essex in 1969 before becoming a full-time personal assistant to her husband when he entered parliament in 1974 until his death in a car accident on 12 April 1994. She was in the car with him at the time.
Ann Cryer is president of the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway Society having been a member with her first husband from its early days. She became a Justice of the Peace in 1996 and a member of the Bradford Cathedral Council from 1999.
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- House of Commons Hansard Debates for 16 May 1997 (pt 6)
- "How MPs voted on 42-day limit". BBC News Online. 11 June 2008.
- Speech by Kevan Jones in the House of Commons, 27 October 2014
- "MP calls for English tests for immigrants". BBC News Online. 13 July 2001.
- "Heartbreak of MP's lone battle to tackle sex abuse in Bradford". Yorkshire Post. 12 December 2016.
- "Councillors return as Tories lose one area seat". Wharfedale and Aireborough Observer. 11 May 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
- "Ann Cryer interviewed by Henry Irving". British Library Sound Archive. Retrieved 26 January 2018.
- "MP For The Keighley Constituency Ann Cryer". Ilkley.org - Wharfedale's Community on the Web. Wharfedale Online Trust. Archived from the original on 27 December 2008.
- ""Excited and proud": The Anniversary Gala!". BBC. 2 July 2008. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
- Official Website
- Guardian Unlimited Unlimited Politics - Ask Aristotle: Ann Cryer MP
- TheyWorkForYou.com - Ann Cryer MP
- The Public Whip - Ann Cryer MP voting record
- BBC News Profile
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
| Member of Parliament for Keighley
1997 – 2010