Chris Williamson (politician)
|Shadow Minister for Communities
and Local Government
October 2010 – October 2013
|Member of Parliament
for Derby North
9 June 2017
|Preceded by||Amanda Solloway|
6 May 2010 – 7 May 2015
|Preceded by||Bob Laxton|
|Succeeded by||Amanda Solloway|
16 September 1956 |
|Alma mater||Leicester Polytechnic|
Christopher Williamson (born 16 September 1956) is a British Labour politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Derby North from 9 June 2017, having served previously for the same seat from 2010 until 2015. He was Shadow Minister for Communities and Local Government for three years between October 2010 and October 2013.
Born in Derby, he attended the St John Fisher Primary School in Alvaston; Castle Donington High School, and St Thomas More High School, Allenton before Leicester Polytechnic (now De Montfort University) where he obtained a CQSW in 1985.
He worked as a mechanical engineering apprentice for a year from 1972 before working six years as a bricklayer. He was a social worker in Derby between 1983 and 1986 before working as a welfare rights officer. He has been vegan since the 1970s.
Williamson joined the Labour Party in 1976 and became a councillor in 1991 and became Leader of the Labour Group on Derby City Council. He was Leader of Derby City Council on two separate occasions. He is a member of the League Against Cruel Sports and is vice chair of the Local Government Anti Poverty Forum.
He was the second newly elected MP of the 2010 intake to make his maiden speech in the House of Commons, speaking in response to the Queen's Speech on 25 May 2010. In October 2010, he became a shadow minister for communities and local government after only four months as an MP but after the reshuffle of the party in 2013 his role as shadow minister was replaced by Lyn Brown and he was elected onto the Communities and Local Government Select Committee.
He was one of 16 signatories of an open letter to Ed Miliband in January 2015 calling on the party to commit to oppose further austerity, take rail franchises back into public ownership and strengthen collective bargaining arrangements.
Williamson is a staunch ally of the Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn and has been described as the “most pro-Jeremy Corbyn candidate in England’s most marginal constituency”. Corbyn has described Williamson as a “very great friend”, saying that his defeat in the 2015 general election was “a shock” and “the worst result of that night.” Williamson expressed that his campaign in Derby North would be a “test case for Corbynism”. and Corbyn came to campaign for Williamson on 6 May 2017 during the snap general election campaign. At the 2017 general election, Williamson reclaimed his seat from Amanda Solloway of the Conservative Party with a majority of over 2,015 votes.
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- Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
- Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 2010–present
- Voting record at Public Whip
- Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou
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