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|Member of Parliament
for Lancaster and Wyre
2 May 1997 – 11 April 2005
|Preceded by||Constituency established|
|Succeeded by||Ben Wallace|
30 September 1953 |
|Political party||The North East Party|
|Alma mater||Lancaster University, University of Warwick|
Thomas Hilton Dawson (born 30 September 1953 in Stannington, Northumberland) was the Labour Party member of Parliament for the Lancashire constituency of Lancaster and Wyre from 1997 until 2005. In 2014, Dawson became the chairman of North East Party.
Dawson is the son of Harry Dawson and his wife Sally, both teachers. He attended Ashington County Grammar School (later known as Ashington High School) on Green Lane in Ashington. At the University of Warwick, he gained a BA in Politics and Philosophy in 1975. From Lancaster University, he gained a Diploma in Social Work.
In 2004 Dawson announced he would not be seeking re-election at the next General Election, seeking to return to work in children's services – his former career was as a social worker. The local Constituency Labour Party selected Anne Sacks as its new candidate, but the seat was won by the Conservative Party candidate, Ben Wallace, with a 4.5% swing from Labour.
Life after Parliament
Dawson was CEO of Shaftesbury Young People. In April 2009 he was appointed chief executive of the British Association of Social Workers. Hilton left BASW in January 2013 after mutual agreement and now runs his own company called Northumbria People. In March 2013 he published Frank Renner's Bairns - Looking at the world through the lives of a Northumbrian Family. He is Chair of the Newbiggin by the Sea Genealogy Project.
- North-East is England's 'poor relation' Northern Echo, 17 June 2014
- Ashington High School
- Lucy Ward (12 December 2007). "'We don't like children in this country'". TheGuardian.com. Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
- "Former MP to take over from Ian Johnston in April". Community Care. 20 February 2009. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
- Neil Puffett (18 January 2013). "BASW chief executive departs following investigation into conduct". Children & Young People Now. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
- Dawson, Hilton. Frank Renner's Bairns. Powdene Publicity. ISBN 978-0954449391.
- Thorpe, Martin, 'It's The Pits: Football Diary', The Guardian, 22 November 1997, pA12
- Hilton Dawson They Work For You