Chris Ruane

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Chris Ruane

Official portrait of Chris Ruane crop 2.jpg
Official Parliamentary portrait, June 2017
Member of Parliament
for Vale of Clwyd
Assumed office
8 June 2017
Preceded byJames Davies
Majority2,379 (6.1%)
In office
1 May 1997 – 30 March 2015
Preceded byConstituency created
Succeeded byJames Davies
Personal details
Born (1958-07-18) 18 July 1958 (age 60)
Rhyl, Flintshire, Wales
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)Gill Roberts[1]

Christopher Shaun Ruane (born 18 July 1958) is a Welsh Labour Party politician who is the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Vale of Clwyd.[3]

Early life[edit]

Ruane attended Ysgol Mair Roman Catholic primary school in Rhyl. He then went to the Blessed Edward Jones Catholic High School (three years above Carol Vorderman) on Cefndy Road in Rhyl, then in Flintshire, later Clwyd and since 1996 in Denbighshire. At the University of Wales College, Aberystwyth, he gained a BSc in Economics in 1979. From the University of Liverpool he gained a PGCE in 1980. He was a town councillor from 1988 and the Chairman of West Clwyd NUT region.

He was a primary school teacher from 1982–97, and a deputy head from 1991–7.[4]

Parliamentary career[edit]

He contested Clwyd North West in 1992.

He was the Parliamentary Private Secretary to Peter Hain from 2003 until his resignation in March 2007 in protest against the decision to replace Trident.[5]

In 2003 Ruane voted in favour of the Iraq War.

He lost his seat to Conservative James Davies in the 2015 General Election. However, he stood for re-election in the Vale of Clwyd constituency in the 2017 election.[6]

Ruane was opposed to Brexit prior to the 2016 referendum.

He won Vale of Clwyd back at the 2017 general election.


In October 2012, the Commons Speaker, John Bercow, blocked the release of data showing which MPs were renting their homes in London to other MPs for financial gain. However, a study of parliamentary records was published in the Daily Telegraph.[7] The study showed that 27 MPS, including Chris Ruane[8] receive rental income from their homes in London while simultaneously claiming rental income from the taxpayer to live at another residence. Ruane owns two flats in London which he bought though use of parliamentary expenses.

Ruane claimed £1,906 a month for his London flat. He has two children and his eldest daughter turned 18 in November 2012. He also owns a flat about three minutes’ walk away. He said: "I have acted completely within the rules."[9]


  1. ^ Commons, House of. "House of Commons - The Register of Members' Financial Interests - Part 2: Part 2".
  2. ^ "Catholic MPs urge Pope Francis to allow ordination of married men –".
  3. ^ "Chris Ruane MP". UK Parliament.
  4. ^ Ruane, Christopher Shaun. Who's Who. 2018 (February 2018 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 14 February 2018. (subscription or UK public library membership required)
  5. ^ "BBC NEWS - UK - Wales - MP Ruane steps down over Trident".
  6. ^ "General Election: Ex-Labour Clwyd MPs bid for Commons return".
  7. ^ "Expenses scandal: 27 MPs let one home and claim for another".
  8. ^ "News: The latest North Wales news from the Daily Post".
  9. ^ Bryant, By Holly Watt, Claire Newell, Charles Young and Ben. "MPs use children to claim more expenses".

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament for Vale of Clwyd
Succeeded by
James Davies
Preceded by
James Davies
Member of Parliament for Vale of Clwyd