Don Dixon, Baron Dixon

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Donald Dixon, Baron Dixon, PC, DL (6 March 1929 – 19 February 2017) was a British Labour politician.

Early life[edit]

Dixon worked in the Tyne shipyards and was a workers' representative before being elected.[1]

Political career[edit]

Between 1963 and 1974 Dixon was leader of Jarrow Borough Council; after that council's abolition he spent five years as chairman of housing at South Tyneside.[2]

He was Member of Parliament (MP) for Jarrow from 1979 until his retirement in 1997, serving as a party whip, and considered on the Old Right of the Party. He was subsequently elevated to the House of Lords as a life peer with the title Baron Dixon of Jarrow in the county of Tyne and Wear.[3] He retired from the House of Lords on 9 February 2016.


Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Ernest Fernyhough
Member of Parliament for Jarrow
Succeeded by
Stephen Hepburn