David Hanson (politician)

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Sir David Hanson
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Hanson in 2017
Shadow Minister of State for Immigration
In office
7 October 2011 – 13 September 2015
LeaderMiliband, Harman
ShadowingGreen, Harper, Brokenshire
Preceded byGerry Sutcliffe
Succeeded bySir Keir Starmer
Shadow Economic Secretary to the Treasury
In office
11 May 2010 – 7 October 2011
LeaderHarman, Miliband
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byCathy Jamieson
Minister of State for Security, Counter-Terrorism, Crime and Policing
In office
8 June 2009 – 11 May 2010
Prime MinisterGordon Brown
Preceded byVernon Coaker
Succeeded byNick Herbert
Minister of State for Justice
In office
9 May 2007 – 9 June 2009
Prime MinisterBlair, Brown
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byMaria Eagle
Minister of State for Northern Ireland
In office
11 May 2005 – 8 May 2007
Prime MinisterTony Blair
Preceded byJohn Spellar
Succeeded byPaul Goggins
Member of Parliament
for Delyn
In office
9 April 1992 – 6 November 2019
Preceded byKeith Raffan
Succeeded byRob Roberts
Personal details
Born (1957-07-05) 5 July 1957 (age 63)
Liverpool, Lancashire, England, UK
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)Margaret Hanson
ChildrenThomas, Amy, Alys and Katy
ResidenceFlint, Flintshire, Wales, UK
Alma materUniversity of Hull

Sir David George Hanson (born 5 July 1957) is a British Labour Party politician serving as Member of Parliament (MP) for Delyn from 1992 until 2019. He was the Minister of State for Security, Counter-Terrorism, Crime and Policing from 2009 to 2010. Hanson served as Shadow Treasury Minister from 2010 to 2011 and Shadow Minister of State for Immigration from 2011 to 2015.

Early life and family[edit]

Hanson was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, and is the son of Brian Hanson (deceased), a forklift truck driver, and Glenda Hanson, a personnel records clerk, and has a younger sister, Helen. He was educated at Roscoe Primary School in Liverpool, Grange Primary School and Verdin County Comprehensive School in Winsford, Cheshire, and the University of Hull, where he received a BA in 1978 and a CertEd in 1980, whilst in Hull he was the vice president of the university students' union and a member of Hull University Labour Club.

He began his career with the Cooperative Society in 1980 as a trainee manager, becoming a manager in Plymouth in 1981. He joined the Spastics Society, now Scope, in 1982. He left the Society in 1989, when he was appointed as a director at the Society for the Prevention of Solvent Abuse.

He married Margaret Rose Mitchell, who has also been a politician in Vale Royal. She was narrowly defeated at the 1999 Eddisbury by-election, the same constituency he himself had fought in 1983.[1] They have a son and three daughters.

Political career[edit]

He was elected as a councillor to the Vale Royal Borough Council in 1983 becoming the Labour group and council leader in 1989 until 1991 when he stood down to fight Delyn at the 1992 election. He was also elected as a councillor to the Northwich Town Council in 1987 and also led the Labour group there in 1989 for a year, he left the Town Council in 1991.

He unsuccessfully contested Eddisbury at the 1983 general election where he was defeated by the sitting Conservative MP Alastair Goodlad by some 14,846 votes. In 1984 he contested the West Cheshire seat for the European Parliament but was again unsuccessful. He contested Delyn in Wales at the 1987 general election but was defeated by the Tory Keith Raffan by 1,224 votes. It proved third time lucky for Hanson when he was elected to the House of Commons at the 1992 general election when, following Raffan's retirement, he won the Clwyd seat at Delyn by 2,039. He made his maiden speech on 6 May 1992.[1]

Hanson (left) speaking to Policy Exchange in 2013

In parliament he was a member of the Welsh affairs select committee from 1992 until he joined the public accounts committee in 1996. He became the Parliamentary Private Secretary PPS to the Chief Secretary to the Treasury Alistair Darling in 1997 and became a member of the Tony Blair government in his first reshuffle in 1998 when he was appointed as an Assistant Government Whip. He was promoted in 1999 on his appointment as the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Wales Office. Following the 2001 general election he became the PPS to Prime Minister Tony Blair. He served as the Minister of State at the Northern Ireland Office from the 2005 general election until 8 May 2007, when the Northern Ireland Assembly was restored after its period of suspension. He was the Minister of State at the new Ministry of Justice from 9 May 2007 until 8 June 2009.[2] On 21 February 2007, his approval to the Privy Council was announced.[3]

He was Minister of State for Security, Counter-Terrorism, Crime and Policing at the Home Office from 8 June 2009 until the 2010 general election. He then shadowed that role, and after the Labour leadership election was appointed Shadow Treasury Minister.

In September 2011 he contributed to the book What Next for Labour? Ideas for a new Generation, his piece was entitled "What Awaits Labour in 2015?"[4]

Hanson lost his seat in the 2019 general election to Rob Roberts, the Conservative Party candidate.[5] He was knighted in the 2020 Birthday Honours for political service.[6][7]


  1. ^ "BBC News - UK Politics - Labour selects by-election candidate". news.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 31 August 2019.
  2. ^ "www.number10.gov.uk". Archived from the original on 5 October 2007. Retrieved 9 May 2007.
  3. ^ "www.number10.gov.uk". Archived from the original on 5 October 2007. Retrieved 21 February 2007.
  4. ^ "Contributors - What Next for Labour?". www.whatnextforlabour.com.
  5. ^ "Delyn parliamentary constituency - Election 2019". BBC News. Retrieved 21 July 2020.
  6. ^ "No. 63135". The London Gazette (Supplement). 10 October 2020. p. B2.
  7. ^ Nuttall, Andrew (9 October 2020). "'Honoured and humbled' by knighthood from the Queen, says former Delyn MP". The Leader. Retrieved 9 October 2020.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Keith Raffan
Member of Parliament for Delyn
Succeeded by
Rob Roberts