Brian White (British politician)

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Brian White
Member of Parliament
for North East Milton Keynes
In office
1 May 1997 – 5 May 2005
Preceded by Peter Butler
Succeeded by Mark Lancaster
Personal details
Born Brian Arthur Robert White
(1957-05-05)5 May 1957
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Died 5 July 2016(2016-07-05) (aged 59)
Milton Keynes, England
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Leena Lindholm
(1984.07.04-2016, his death)
Children 2 stepsons

Brian Arthur Robert White (5 May 1957 – 5 July 2016) was a British Labour Party politician. He was Member of Parliament (MP) for North East Milton Keynes from the 1997 general election, but lost his seat in 2005.

Early life[edit]

He attended the Methodist College Belfast grammar school in Belfast.[1]

He worked for HM Customs and Excise in Southend-on-Sea on the design of the VAT accounting system, then became an IT consultant, working in the USA, Finland and Canada, and for Abbey National until 1997.

Political career[edit]


White was first elected to Parliament when Labour returned to power at the 1997 general election with a 240-vote majority,[2] when he overturned the Conservative Peter Butler's majority of 14,000 obtained at the previous election.[3]

He was returned at the 2001 election with a slightly increased majority of 1,829, but at the 2005 election he lost his seat to the Conservative candidate Mark Lancaster whose 1,665 majority represented a 3.6% swing.[4]

Local government[edit]

Before his election to Parliament in 1997, White had been Deputy Leader of Milton Keynes Council and the Secretary of the Local Government Association Labour Group. He had joined the local council in 1987, but resigned to take his seat in Parliament.

In the local elections of May 2007, he was elected to Milton Keynes Council as a member for Stantonbury.[5] He was re-elected in May 2011 and May 2014. He served as Mayor of Milton Keynes for a year from May 2013.


He was a past Chair of the National Energy Foundation, Chair of United Sustainable Energy Agency and was on the Board of the Renewable Fuels Agency.

Personal life[edit]

He married Leena Lindholm on 4 July 1984 in Finland. He had two stepsons.

In late June 2016, White was diagnosed with an incurable cancer of the oesophagus which had metastasized. He died in Milton Keynes hospital on 5 July 2016. He was 59.[6]


  1. ^ Langdon, Julia. "Brian White obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 31 July 2016. 
  2. ^ "Milton Keynes North East". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Retrieved 2009-10-25. 
  3. ^ "1992 General Election Results". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Retrieved 2007-09-18. 
  4. ^ "Milton Keynes North East". Guardian Unlimited Politics. London. Archived from the original on March 1, 2006. Retrieved 2007-09-18. 
  5. ^ Member Details: Councillor Brian WHITE Archived March 21, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. (Milton Keynes Council)
  6. ^ ‘People’s councillor’ Brian White dies at the age of 59

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Peter Butler
Member of Parliament for North East Milton Keynes
Succeeded by
Mark Lancaster