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William John Olner (born 9 May 1942) is a British Labour Party politician who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Nuneaton from 1992 until 2010. Previously, he had been Leader of Nuneaton Borough Council (which subsequently merged with Bedworth to form Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council).

Bill Olner
Member of Parliament
for Nuneaton
In office
10 April 1992 – 12 April 2010
Preceded byLewis Stevens
Succeeded byMarcus Jones
Personal details
Born (1942-05-09) 9 May 1942 (age 77)
Atherstone, Warwickshire
Political partyLabour

Education and early careerEdit

Olner was educated at Nuneaton Technical College and trained as an engineer. He became a shop steward, and later area secretary for the AEEU (now Unite trade union).

Local governmentEdit

Olner was a Councillor for the Labour group on Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council for 21 years, and was the council leader from 1982–87. In 1987 he became Mayor of Nuneaton and Bedworth, serving a 1-year term

House of CommonsEdit

Olner was first elected to the House of Commons in 1992, as the Member of Parliament for Nuneaton. He was re-elected in the 1997 general election (majority 13,540), 2001 general election (majority 7,535) and 2005 general election (majority 2,280).


From 2005–2009 he was a member of the Communities and Local Government Committee and was a member of the Chairmen's Panel Committee. From 1997 he was Chairman of the Associate Parliamentary Engineering Group, a group that seeks to promote the contribution of engineering.[1] Previously he was a member of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee and of the Select Committee on Environment, Transport and the Regions and chairman of the Transport, Telematics and Cable and satellite Parliamentary Group.

Performance; attendance and questionsEdit

Olner was very loyal to the Labour Party during his time in Parliament, although he did not often speak on radio, TV or in the House of Commons he did have a good attendance record. His voting record from 2001–2010 was:

He most frequently asked questions about: mercury, the European Union (public information), funerals, satellite dishes, and skills councils. He most frequently asked questions to, and received answers to questions from, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, the Department of Health, and the Department for Work and Pensions.[2]

Register of Members' InterestsEdit

Overseas visitsEdit

Parliamentary expensesEdit

As a member of parliament, Olner received a salary of £60,277 (with effect from 1 November 2006)[4] He is also entitled to claim expenses that are incurred as a member of parliament,[5] these cover costs such as Cost of staying away from main home, Office running costs, Staffing Allowance, Members' Travel, Members' Staff Travel, Stationery, Computer Equipment etc. For the year 2005/06 he claimed a total of £119,013, in the previous year he claimed £114,610.[6]

Type 2005/06 2004/05 (ranking out of 659) 2003/04 (ranking out of 658) 2002/03 (ranking out of 657) 2001/02 (ranking out of 657)
Additional Costs Allowance £19,746 £19,783 (317th) £18,505 (348th) £17,496 (449th) £15,450 (303rd)
Incidental Expenses Provision £16,194 £13,452 (544th) £12,157 (616th) £14,834 (555th) £10,912 (493rd)
Staffing Allowance £72,581 £69,589 (393rd) £64,598 (455th) £59,086 (544th) £37,413 (557th)
Members' Travel £7,851 £8,492 (397th) £7,842 (402nd) £9,133 (366th) £6,665 (385th)
Members' Staff Travel £942 £960 (191st) £576 (244th) £856 (190th) £945 (142nd)
Centrally Purchased Stationery £466 £188 (629th) £656 (429th) £572 (540th) £713 (445th)
Stationery: Associated Postage Costs £1,233 £263 (639th) £2,201 (370th) N/A N/A
Centrally Provided Computer Equipment £0 £1,883 (336th) £1,883 (329th) £1,883 (323rd) £1,883 (304th)
Other Costs £0 £0 £0 £0 £0
Expenses Total £119,013 £114,610 (495th) £108,418 (532nd) £103,860 (503rd) £73,981 (559th)


As in common with most members of parliament, Olner maintained two offices: one at the House of Commons, the other in his constituency. His constituency office was in Queens Road, Nuneaton.

Labour Party and Trade UnionEdit

Olner is a member of the AEEU and the Co-operative Party. He was Vice-Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party Employment Committee from 1992 until 1997.

Announcement of retirement as MPEdit

Olner declared his retirement as MP for Nuneaton on 25 March 2007, he served until the 2010 General Election where Labour's new candidate, Jayne Innes, was defeated by Conservative Marcus Jones.

Return to local politicsEdit

Olner decided 3 years after leaving parliament to stand in the 2013 Warwickshire County Council Elections for the Arbury and Stockingford constituency in Nuneaton. Olner duly won the seat with 2092 votes, which keeps him in office until May 2017.[7]

Following County Council boundary changes, Olner decided to stand in the new Nuneaton Abbey County Division in May 2017. The division is currently the safest Labour seat in Warwickshire.

Personal lifeEdit

Olner has a pet dog and lives with his wife Jill, who in the past has been a School Governor.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Associate Parliamentary Engineering Group: Aims Accessed 12 November 2006.
  2. ^ They work for you: Bill Olner MP Accessed 11 November 2006
  3. ^ They Work For You: Changes to the Register of Members' Interests: Bill Olner Accessed 12 November 2006.
  4. ^ UK Civil Service: Parliamentary and Ministerial Pay Levels Archived 26 September 2006 at the Wayback Machine. Dated 4 July 2006. Accessed 12 November 2006.
  5. ^ House of Commons: Members' Allowances Financial Year 2005/06 Archived 23 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine Accessed 12 November 2006.
  6. ^ They Work For You: Bill Olner: Expenses Accessed 12 November 2006.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 7 May 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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