Gerry Bermingham

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Gerry Bermingham
Member of Parliament
for St Helens South
In office
9 June 1983 – 7 June 2001
Preceded by Constituency established
Succeeded by Shaun Woodward
Personal details
Born Gerald Edward Bermingham
(1940-08-20) 20 August 1940 (age 77)
Dublin, Ireland
Political party Labour
Alma mater University of Sheffield

Gerald Edward Bermingham (born 20 August 1940) is a British politician, and was Labour Member of Parliament for St Helens South from 1983 until 2001.[1]

He was born 20 August 1940 in Dublin, Ireland, and educated at Cotton College, Wellingborough Grammar School and Sheffield University, where he obtained a degree in law. He was admitted as a solicitor in 1967, and was called to the Bar (Gray's Inn) in 1985. He was a Sheffield City councillor from 1975 to 1979. He contested South East Derbyshire in 1979, but was defeated by the incumbent Conservative Peter Rost.

In 1994, he was one of six Labour MPs who voted against any reduction in the age of consent for homosexuals, even to 18 (at the time, the age of consent was 21).[2]

On his retirement, he was succeeded by Shaun Woodward, a Conservative defector, who swapped his old seat of Witney to represent the ultra-safe St Helens South.[3]


  1. ^ "Safe seat 'stitch-up'". BBC News Online. 2001-05-13. Retrieved 2010-12-05. 
  2. ^ Mckie, David (1994-02-23). "Four in 10 Conservatives opposed change". The Guardian. 
  3. ^ "'I'm Labour man now' - Woodward". BBC News Online. 2001-05-14. Retrieved 2010-12-05. 
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
(New constituency)
Member of Parliament for St Helens South
Succeeded by
Shaun Woodward