Gordon Banks (politician)

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For the 1990s Member of Parliament, see Matthew Gordon Banks.
Gordon Banks
Member of Parliament
for Ochil and South Perthshire
In office
5 May 2005 – 30 March 2015
Preceded by Constituency Created
Succeeded by Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh
Majority 5,187 (10.3%)
Personal details
Born (1955-06-14) June 14, 1955 (age 61)
Acomb, Northumberland, England
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Alma mater University of Stirling

Gordon Raymond Banks (born 14 June 1955) is a British Labour Party politician, who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Ochil and South Perthshire from 2005 until 2015.

Early life[edit]

Banks was born in Acomb, Northumberland and educated at the Lornshill Academy in Alloa and then the Glasgow College of Building. He later obtained a degree in History and Politics from the University of Stirling.[citation needed]

He has worked in the construction industry for 31 years, and formed his own building supplies business in 1986.[citation needed]

Member of Parliament[edit]

Banks was elected at the 2005 general election, succeeding fellow Labour politician Martin O'Neill.[citation needed]

Shortly after his election he became a member of the Regulatory Reform Committee, the Unopposed Bills (Panel) Committee, the Scottish Affairs Committee and the Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee. In May 2006 he became a PPS to James Purnell, and subsequently left the Scottish and Northern Ireland committees.[citation needed]

In October 2010 he was appointed as one of the Shadow Ministers of the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills[citation needed]. He resigned in April 2011 in order to concentrate on his constituency.

He was defeated by the Scottish National Party's Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh in the General Election of May 2015.

Personal life[edit]

Banks is married with two children. He is a member of the Coeliac Society.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Martin O'Neill
Member of Parliament for Ochil and South Perthshire
Succeeded by
Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh