Denis Murphy (British politician)
|Member of Parliament |
2 May 1997 – 12 April 2010
|Preceded by||Jack Thompson|
|Succeeded by||Ian Lavery|
2 November 1948|
He had previously led Wansbeck District Council. He is a member of the NUM and was the only member of the 1997 parliamentary intake to be backed by that union. Denis Murphy formerly worked down the mines himself. From 1965-9, he was an apprentice electrician. From 1969-94, he was an electrician at Ellington Colliery in Ellington, which closed in 2005.
On his proudest achievement in government since 1997 Denis Murphy said: "I was proud of the major role I played to secure funding for the UK mining industry, safeguarding hundreds of jobs in my constituency and the future of the last deep mine in the Great Northern coalfield, Ellington colliery in Northumberland." Ellington Colliery subsequently closed on 26 January 2005.
- Voted for an amendment saying the case for renewing the UK's Trident nuclear submarine system "is not yet proven" and that a decision should be delayed.
- Signed Early Day Motion 2699 Freedom of Information, 10 December 2006.
- Has campaigned hard for a local rail service in his constituency, with talks advancing further in early 2007.
- Guardian Unlimited Politics - Ask Aristotle: Denis Murphy MP
- TheyWorkForYou.com - Denis Murphy MP
- Trident rebels
- BBC Politics
- Fizzy drinks in schools in December 2005
- Ellington pit in February 2005
- Killer drivers in April 2003
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
| Member of Parliament for Wansbeck
|Trade union offices|
| General Secretary of the Northumberland Area of the National Union of Mineworkers