George Mudie (politician)

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George Mudie
Treasurer of the Household
In office
2 May 1997 – 27 July 1998
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Preceded by Andrew MacKay
Succeeded by Keith Bradley
Member of Parliament
for Leeds East
In office
9 April 1992 – 30 March 2015
Preceded by Denis Healey
Succeeded by Richard Burgon
Majority 10,293 (27.2%)
Personal details
Born (1945-02-06) 6 February 1945 (age 71)
Dundee, Angus, Scotland
Nationality British
Political party Labour

George Edward Mudie (born 6 February 1945) is a Labour Party politician in the United Kingdom who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Leeds East from 1992 to 2015.

Early life[edit]

Born in Dundee, Scotland's fourth-largest city, George Mudie was educated at the Waid Academy in Anstruther and later studied Social Studies at Newbattle Abbey College in Dalkeith. He worked initially as an engineer and then joined the merchant navy. In 1968 he became a trade union official with the National Union of Public Employees, a position he held until his election to the House of Commons in 1992.

Parliamentary career[edit]

He was elected as a councillor to Leeds City Council (1971–92) and was the council's leader (1980–1990), being its youngest leader. He was elected as the Labour MP for Leeds East at the 1992 General Election following the retirement of the former Chancellor of the Exchequer, Denis Healey. He has held the seat comfortably since.

In Parliament he was appointed as an Opposition Whip in 1994, a position he held until the Labour landslide at the 1997 election when he was elevated to become the Treasurer of HM Household and Deputy Chief Whip. In 1998 he was appointed as a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Education and Employment. He was dropped from the government in 1999.

He has served on a number of select committees, and has been a member of the Treasury Select Committee since 2001.

He voted in opposition to changes to marriage equality legislation, rebelling against his party in a series of "Same Sex Marriages" votes in 2013-14. [1]

In 2015 he stood down as MP. [2]

Personal life[edit]

He is married with three children, one from a former marriage. He named his eldest son Keir after Keir Hardie. His wife is a primary school headmistress.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Denis Healey
Member of Parliament for Leeds East
Succeeded by
Richard Burgon
Political offices
Preceded by
Andrew MacKay
Treasurer of the Household
Succeeded by
Keith Bradley