Mark Tami

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Mark Tami

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Member of Parliament
for Alyn and Deeside
Assumed office
7 June 2001
Preceded byBarry Jones
Majority5,235 (11.7%)
Personal details
Born
Mark Richard Tami

(1962-10-03) 3 October 1962 (age 56)
Enfield, Middlesex, England, UK
NationalityBritish
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)Sally Daniels Tami
Children2
Alma materUniversity of Wales, Swansea
WebsiteOfficial website

Mark Richard Tami (born 3 October 1962) is a British Labour Party politician, who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Alyn and Deeside since 2001.

Early life[edit]

Born in Enfield, north London, Tami was educated at Enfield Grammar School (by then a comprehensive school), and graduated in history at the University of Wales, Swansea. He was previously National Head of Policy of the union Amicus (previously the Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union.[1]

Parliamentary career[edit]

Tami was first elected as MP for Alyn and Deeside in 2001 with a majority of 9,222, following the decision of the seat's former MP Stephen Barry Jones to step down from Parliament.

Tami was returned again as MP for Alyn and Deeside at the 2005 general election, with a reduced majority. He resigned his post as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Dawn Primarolo on 6 September 2006, due to the refusal by Tony Blair to name a date for stepping down as Prime Minister[2]. He was joined by future Deputy Leader of the Labour Party Tom Watson and fellow Welsh MPs Ian Lucas and Wayne David in resignation.[3]

Tami was promoted by Gordon Brown in July 2017 to a whip[4]. In the 2010 general election, Tami was re-elected for a third time, however with a further reduced majority of 2,919.[5] Following the election, Labour leader Ed Miliband made Tami Pairing Whip.

Tami was re-elected as MP for Alyn and Deeside on 7 May 2015 at the general election with a slightly increased majority from 2010. In the 2017 general election, Tami was returned with a vastly increased majority of 5,235 votes and a 52.1% share of the vote.[6]

In November 2018 he was appointed to the Privy Council.

Tami is the Chair of the All-party parliamentary group on Stem Cell Transplantation.

Expenses[edit]

During the MPs expenses scandal Tami was one of a number of MPs accused by the Daily Telegraph of over-claiming on council tax expenses for their second home. Tami said, "I will go back and calculate the exact level I have over-claimed in error and repay the sum involved". Tami was alleged to have claimed £1500[7] more than he should have, although the actual figure was £996.70[8], for council tax on his London home.[9]

Personal life[edit]

He married Sally Daniels in July 1994 in Bromley and they have two sons. They live in Llanfynydd having lived in Bromley for many years. He is a former member of the TUC General Council and an active member of the Fabian Society.[10]

Tami's eldest son, Max, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in 2007 at age 9[11]. Max made a full recovery following intensive chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant at Alder Hey Children's Hospital[12]. Tami has repeatedly called for the Government to do more to help cancer patients and their families, including providing appropriate psychological support.[13]

Styles[edit]

  • Mr Mark Richard Tami (3 October 1962 – 7 June 2001)
  • Mr Mark Richard Tami MP (7 June 2001 – 23 November 2018)
  • The Right Honourable Mark Richard Tami MP (23 November 2018 – Current)[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Profile, votetami.marktami.co.uk; accessed 8 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Seven MPs resign posts over Blair departure". The Independent. 6 September 2006. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Resignations and threats:the plot to oust the Prime Minister". The Guardian. 7 September 2006.
  4. ^ "Rt Hon Mark Tami MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  5. ^ "BBC NEWS – Election 2010 – Alyn & Deeside". BBC News.
  6. ^ "Alyn and Deeside remains in Labour hands after impressive election win". Deeside.com.
  7. ^ Watt, Robert Winnett and Holly (19 June 2009). "MPs' expenses: MPs made inflated council tax claims". ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  8. ^ Live, North Wales (1 July 2009). "Labour MP Mark Tami has paid back almost £1,000 he mistakenly claimed for council tax on his designated London Home". northwales. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  9. ^ "MPs' expenses: MPs made inflated council tax claims". Daily Telegraph. 19 June 2009. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  10. ^ Profile, votetami.marktami.co.uk; accessed 8 May 2015.
  11. ^ Live, North Wales (20 August 2007). "MP Mark Tami's son fights leukaemia". northwales. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  12. ^ "MP Mark Tami calls on Government to ensure children with cancer not left behind".
  13. ^ PoliticsHome.com (22 November 2018). "Mark Tami MP: When it comes to cancer, survival is only the first battle". PoliticsHome.com. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  14. ^ "Knighthood conferred and Privy Council Appointments: November 2018". 23 November 2018. Retrieved 23 November 2018.

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Barry Jones
Member of Parliament for Alyn and Deeside
2001–present
Incumbent