Ian Mearns

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Ian Mearns
MP
Ian Mearns MP and Robin Hood tax at the G20 (6306042430).jpg
Ian Mearns and Robin Hood tax at the G20
Member of Parliament
for Gateshead
Incumbent
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Majority 14,784 (39.0%)
Personal details
Born (1957-04-21) 21 April 1957 (age 58)
Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England, UK
Nationality British
Political party Labour

James Ian Mearns[1] (born 21 April 1957)[2][3] is a British Labour Party politician who is the Member of Parliament (MP) for Gateshead. He was first elected at the 2010 general election.[4][5]

Early life[edit]

Born in Newcastle upon Tyne to a World War II veteran, Mearns was raised Catholic and educated at St Mary's RC Primary School (Forest Hall) and St Mary's RC Technical College (Newcastle).[6] He worked for British Gas plc from 1974. He has been a member of Gateshead Borough Council since 1983.[citation needed]

Parliamentary career[edit]

Mearns was elected to Parliament in 2010 with a majority of 12,549, in a Gateshead seat created by boundary changes. Along with fellow new North Eastern MPs Ian Lavery and Grahame Morris, Mearns is perceived to be on the left-wing of the Labour party.[7] He was one of 16 signatories of an open letter to Ed Miliband in January 2015 calling on the party to commit to oppose further austerity, take rail franchises back into public ownership and strengthen collective bargaining arrangements.[8]

In Parliament he has served on the Education Select Committee and the Backbench Business Committee in the 2010-2015 Parliament.[9] He was a member of the bill committee for HS2, which he has criticised for treating residents of the north east and other regions not served by the line as "lesser citizens".[10]

In March 2013, Mearns resigned as PPS to Ivan Lewis in order to defy the Labour whip and vote against the Jobseekers (Back to Work Schemes) Bill which retroactively changed DWP rules relating to Workfare in the United Kingdom.[11]

On 19 June 2015, he was elected as the Chairman of the Backbench Business Select Committee].[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The London Gazette: no. 61230. p. 9118. 18 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Democracy Live: Your representatives: Ian Mearns". BBC. Retrieved 20 November 2012. 
  3. ^ Profile, ukwhoswho.com; accessed 8 May 2015.
  4. ^ Profile, TheyWorkForYou.com; accessed 8 May 2015.
  5. ^ Official results from Gateshead Council, gateshead.gov.uk; accessed 8 May 2015.
  6. ^ "Threat to Royal Regiment of Fusiliers meets united front". The Journal. 10 September 2012. 
  7. ^ Jones, Owen (14 March 2014). "Yes, there is still life for the left after Tony Benn and Bob Crow". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 April 2015. 
  8. ^ Eaton, George (26 January 2015). "The Labour left demand a change of direction - why their intervention matters". New Statesman. Retrieved 5 April 2015. 
  9. ^ "Ian Mearns". Parliament UK. Retrieved April 5, 2015. 
  10. ^ Walker-Jou, Jonathan. "High speed rail will leave North East residents 'lesser citizens', warns MP". Retrieved April 5, 2015. 
  11. ^ Malik, Shiv; Muir, Hugh (24 March 2013). "Labour 'pressed MPs to abstain on welfare vote'". The Guardian. 
  12. ^ "Winning candidates for select committee Chairs announced". UK Parliament. 18 June 2015. Retrieved 19 June 2015. 

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New constituency Member of Parliament for Gateshead
2010–present
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