Neil Turner (British politician)

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Neil Turner
Member of Parliament
for Wigan
In office
23 September 1999 – 12 April 2010
Preceded by Roger Stott
Succeeded by Lisa Nandy
Personal details
Born (1945-09-16) 16 September 1945 (age 71)
Carlisle, England
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Susan Price

Neil Turner (born 16 September 1945) is a Labour Party politician in the United Kingdom and former Member of Parliament (MP) for Wigan. He was elected in the 1999 by-election[1] and stood down at the 2010 general election.

Early life[edit]

He went to Carlisle Grammar School (became the Trinity School in 1968.[2] He was a quantity surveyor for Fairclough Builders, which became AMEC, from 1967–94, then was Operations Director for North Shropshire District Council from 1995–7.

Parliamentary career[edit]

He represented the North West Region on the National Committee of the Labour Party Young Socialists in 1970, following Roger Stott. He contested the seat of Oswestry in 1970. He has been Parliamentary Private Secretary to Ian McCartney as: Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions 2001-3, Minister without Portfolio and Party Chair 2003–06 and Secretary of State for Trade and Industry 2006–.

When a dyslexic constituent, Stephen Halsall (a psychiatric nurse), sent him a letter in March 2001 complaining about a drug rehabilitation unit being built near to him, Turner returned the letter to the constituent with all the spelling and grammatical errors underlined and annotated in red ink, e,g we only have 1 Labour Party – should be Party's.[3]

On 31 July 2009, Turner announced his decision to stand down at the 2010 general election.[4]

Personal life[edit]

He married Susan Price on 26 March 1971 in Wigan and has one son. He follows Wigan Warriors.


  1. ^ "Labour selects Wigan candidate". BBC News. 7 September 1999. 
  2. ^ "WPR – Neil Turner (Ex-MP)". 2013. Retrieved 28 November 2013. 
  3. ^ Boggan, Steve (2001-03-22). "MP returned a dyslexic's letter – with corrections". London: The Independent. Retrieved 20 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Neil Turner stands down". Manchester Evening News. 2009-07-31. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Roger Stott
Member of Parliament for Wigan
Succeeded by
Lisa Nandy