John Mann: Biography

Not Afraid to Say How It Is....

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John Mann MP was first elected as Labour Member of Parliament for Bassetlaw in June 2001.  

He is very much a “hands-on” Member of Parliament getting involved in issues that directly affect the day to day lives of his constituents.  The campaigns and the issues that he has raised in Parliament are often in direct response to concerns that have been raised by Bassetlaw residents.  This has led to John running high profile campaigns on consumer debt, heroin and treatment for addiction, the overzealous staking of grave stones and the double charging by solicitors for miner compensation claims. 

In 2003 he ran a successful campaign to keep Bassetlaw Hospital A&E open and in 2006 he won the campaign to stop Bassetlaw Primary Care Trust from being merged into a wider county-wide primary care trust.  In this current climate he continues to speak out on local health provision and the impact of the cuts on behalf of the people of Bassetlaw.  

John sits on the influential Treasury Committee, where he has tackled the Chancellor over road fuel taxes and has challenged leading bankers over their bonuses.  John has previously served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Minister for the Olympics Tessa Jowell, and for Richard Caborn, then Minister for Sport.  

He has called for openness and transparency in how Parliaments conducts itself and has challenged MPs when this has not happened. During the expenses crisis he was a critic of the system and those who had exploited it.  

Before entering Parliament he worked for the Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers (AEEU), the TUC and TULO. He is a former Chair of Labour Students and just prior to his election he was involved in running the family business.  

Since 2005 he has been Chair of the Parliamentary Committee Against Antisemitism and commissioned the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Antisemitism.  He is also the Chair of the International Coalition Against Antisemitism.  

John is married to Joanna, they have three grown up children and in 2015 he became a grandfather.  He is a life long Leeds fan and in his spare time he enjoys mountain climbing and hill walking.

His connections to the Labour Party and the principles of cooperation run deep in his veins, his great grandfather lost his job due to his Labour Party activities in the early days of its formation and his 2x great grandmother's brother was a Rochdale Pioneer, a founding member of the cooperative movement.

 

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