Janet Dean

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Janet Dean
Member of Parliament
for Burton
In office
2 May 1997 – 12 April 2010
Preceded by Ivan Lawrence
Succeeded by Andrew Griffiths
Personal details
Born (1949-01-28) 28 January 1949 (age 67)
Crewe, Cheshire, England
Nationality English
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Alan Dean
Website http://www.janetdean.info/

Janet Elizabeth Ann Dean (born 28 January 1949) is a British Labour Party politician who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Burton from 1997[1] to 2010.

Born Janet Gibson in Crewe, she was educated at the Verdin Grammar School in Winsford.[2] On leaving school in 1965 she became a clerk at Barclays Bank, before moving to Bass Charrington in 1969. She married Alan Dean in 1968[2] and became a full-time mother in 1970 following the birth of the first of their two daughters. She was widowed in 1994.


She was elected as a councillor to the Staffordshire County Council in 1981 and to the East Staffordshire District Council in 1991, becoming its mayor in 1996. She was also elected to the Uttoxeter Town Council in 1995. She stepped down from all three councils on her election to Westminster.[2]

Dean was selected to stand for election for Labour through an all-women shortlist.[3] She was elected to the House of Commons in the 1997 General Election,[2] winning Burton from the sitting Conservative MP, Ivan Lawrence, by 6,330 votes. She made her maiden speech on 30 July 1997.[4] In parliament she was a member of the Catering Select Committee from her election until 2005. She was a member of the Home Affairs Select Committee from 1999, and since the 2005 General Election she has also been a member of the Speaker's Panel of Chairmen.[2]

She was a loyal backbencher although rebelling against the privatisation of air traffic control in 2000, a local issue given the proximity of her constituency to the East Midlands Airport. She was the chairperson of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Lupus[5] – an issue close to her heart, as both her mother and husband died from it.

On 20 June 2007, Dean announced her intention to stand down at the next general election.[6]


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Ivan Lawrence
Member of Parliament for Burton
Succeeded by
Andrew Griffiths