Lynne Jones

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Lynne Jones
Member of Parliament
for Birmingham Selly Oak
In office
10 April 1992 – 12 April 2010
Preceded by Anthony Beaumont-Dark
Succeeded by Steve McCabe
Personal details
Born (1951-04-26) 26 April 1951 (age 65)
Birmingham, Warwickshire, England
Nationality English
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Chris Kirk
Children 2 sons
Alma mater University of Birmingham
Profession Biochemist

Lynne Mary Jones (born 26 April 1951) is a British Labour Party politician, who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Birmingham Selly Oak from 1992 until the dissolution of parliament in April 2010.

Early life[edit]

Jones was born in Birmingham, and attended the local[1] Bartley Green Girls' Grammar School (now the comprehensive Hillcrest School) in Woodgate. She studied Biochemistry at the University of Birmingham, eventually earning her Ph.D. in 1979. She also has a post-graduate Diploma in Housing Studies from Birmingham Polytechnic (now Birmingham City University). She worked in research at the University of Birmingham from 1972-86. She was a housing association manager from 1987-92. She joined the Labour Party in 1974.

She has worked in both science and housing, and was a Councillor on Birmingham City Council representing Kings Norton ward from 1980-94.

Research interests[edit]

She first studied stimulus-response coupling in the rat parotid gland and at alpha adrenergic receptors. This led to a discovery that there are cell-surface receptors that are stimulated by hormones and neurotransmitters controlled by changes of intracellular calcium ion levels. It also involves the conversion of inositol phospholipids in the cell membrane. She also worked on the process of agonist-stimulated incorporation of radioactive phosphate into inositol phospholipids.

Parliamentary career[edit]

Jones was first elected to the House of Commons at the 1992 general election. She was a member of the Socialist Campaign Group and took part in almost all of the backbench rebellions against the Labour government. She was also Chair of the Parliamentary Forum on Transsexualism, and is a patron of Press for Change.

From 1993-2001 she was on the Science and Technology Select Committee. During the 2005-10 parliament she was a member of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee.

Leadership challenge[edit]

In February 2006 she announced her intention to stand against Gordon Brown in the Labour Party leadership contest expected to follow Prime Minister Tony Blair's resignation if nobody else did, so that Brown could not simply be "crowned". Subsequently, Socialist Campaign Group Chair John McDonnell did so instead, but failed to gain enough nominations from MPs and Brown was unopposed.


Following boundary changes in Birmingham, which reduced its parliamentary representation from eleven to ten seats, Jones was expected to apply for selection for the redrawn Selly Oak constituency which contained wards from the former Selly Oak and Hall Green constituencies. However, in January 2007 Jones announced her intention to stand down at the 2010 general election. Jones supported the Respect candidate Salma Yaqoob who came second in the constituency.

Personal life[edit]

She is married, and has two sons (including one born in January 1990). She married Chris Kirk in April 1994 in Lambeth. He is Chief Executive of the Biochemical Society. She is a keen cyclist

In November 2009, she announced she was having treatment for cancer.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Anthony Beaumont-Dark
Member of Parliament for Birmingham Selly Oak
Succeeded by
Steve McCabe