Derek Twigg

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Derek Twigg
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Twigg in August 2008.
Member of Parliament for Halton
Assumed office
1 May 1997
Preceded by Gordon Oakes
Majority 15,504 (37.5%)
Personal details
Born (1959-07-09) 9 July 1959 (age 56)
Widnes, Lancashire, England
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Mary Cassidy (m. 1988)
Children 2
Website Derek Twigg

John Derek Twigg (born 9 July 1959) is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Halton since 1997.

Early life[edit]

Derek Twigg went to Bankfield High School (now Ormiston Chadwick Academy)[1] in Widnes, and then to Halton College of Further Education (now Riverside College). He started to work at the age of 16 as a civil servant for the Department for Employment in Runcorn for the next 19 years.[2]

At the age of 18 Derek Twigg became the branch secretary to the Civil and Public Services Association (now part of the Public and Commercial Services Union) and in 1979 he joined the Labour Party. At the age of 21 he was elected to Cheshire County Council and continued to be a county councillor until 1985. In 1983 he was elected to Halton Borough Council.[2] From 1996-7 he was a political consultant.[citation needed]

Parliamentary career[edit]

At the general election in 1997, Twigg was elected to succeed Gordon Oakes as Member of Parliament for the Halton Constituency and made his maiden speech on 10 June 1997. He served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Helen Liddell and to Stephen Byers and was appointed as a Government Whip in June 2002.

In December 2004, Twigg was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Education and Skills. On 1 May 2005, he was booed and jeered at while defending school league tables at that year's National Association of Head Teachers conference.[3] After the general election in May 2005, he became Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport.

In September 2006, Twigg was appointed Under Secretary of State and Minister for Veterans at the Ministry of Defence.[2] In October 2008, he was replaced in this position and, declining the offer of another ministerial post, returned to the back benches.[4]

In 2013, he became one of the few Labour MPs to vote against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, which eventually passed with cross-party support.[5]

Personal life[edit]

He married Mary Cassidy in January 1988 in Widnes. They have a son, Sean, and daughter, Megan.[citation needed]

Twigg lists his interests outside politics as hill walking, military history (particularly World War II), and Rugby League.[2] A lifelong Liverpool FC supporter, he attended the 1989 FA Cup semi-final tie between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at the Hillsborough stadium, and watched the unfolding Hillsborough disaster tragedy from the north stand.[2]


  1. ^ "Golden Year for Bankfield School", Inside Halton (Halton Borough Council), December 2008: 7 
  2. ^ a b c d e Biography, Derek Twigg, retrieved 2008-10-12 
  3. ^ Eason, Gary (1 May 2005). "Minister is booed by school heads". BBC News. Retrieved 5 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "MP axed in Brown's reshuffle", Runcorn Weekly News, 2008-10-09: 3 
  5. ^ [Retrieved 26 August 2013]

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Gordon Oakes
Member of Parliament for Halton