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Brian Jenkins (politician)

Brian David Jenkins (born 19 September 1942) is a British Labour Party politician who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Tamworth from 1997 until 2010. From 1996 to 1997, he was MP for South East Staffordshire before minor boundary changes in 1997.

Brian Jenkins
Member of Parliament
for Tamworth
South East Staffordshire (1996–1997)
In office
11 April 1996 – 12 April 2010
Preceded byDavid Lightbown
Succeeded byChristopher Pincher
Majority2,569 (5.9%)
Personal details
Born (1942-09-19) 19 September 1942 (age 77)
Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales
NationalityBritish
Political partyLabour
Alma materLondon School of Economics Wolverhampton University

Parliamentary careerEdit

Jenkins was elected to the House of Commons at the South East Staffordshire by-election in April 1996, following the death of Conservative Party MP David Lightbown. He had contested the seat in 1992.

The South East Staffordshire constituency was abolished in boundary changes at the 1997 general election, when he was returned to Parliament for the new Tamworth constituency. He was re-elected at the 2001 general election and again in 2005, but lost the seat to the Conservatives in 2010.

Warren Clegg controversyEdit

A Mail on Sunday story on 24 May 2009 accused Jenkins of attempting to bully Warren Clegg, a local Conservative Party activist, with threats of legal action in response to allegedly libellous allegations Mr Clegg had made in the local press.[1] Clegg had accused Jenkins of failing to reply to letters questioning his stance regarding the treatment of Gurkhas, and of habitually failing to respond to correspondence that Mr Clegg had sent him.

In response, Jenkins wrote to Clegg stating that he had no record of receiving a letter regarding Gurkhas from Mr Clegg. He also said that he had replied to previous letters Mr Clegg had sent regarding Gaza. The letter asked for a public apology to be given and "false claims" to be retracted, and that if this was not forthcoming legal action might be pursued.

Clegg's mother responded to the legal threats by contacting the Daily Mail, writing to the Prime Minister and handing copies of the letter to Conservative blogger Iain Dale.[2] At no stage was the important contextual information about the role of Warren Clegg as a local Conservative Party activist and member of Conservative Future made apparent by either the Mail on Sunday or Iain Dale.

Bloggers later discovered a photograph of Warren Clegg in his role in Conservative Future pictured with Conservative Party leader David Cameron on the Conservative Party website which, in some eyes, damaged the credibility of the claims being made.[3]

Mr Jenkins later shared extensive previous correspondence he had had with Mr Clegg with local Tamworth paper, The Herald.[4] However, Mr Clegg continues to deny writing any letters to Brian Jenkins and has stated that he plans to use the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to force the MP to come up with the referred documents.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "'Bully' MP threatens to sue student who criticised him over Gurkhas in note hand-delivered to home".
  2. ^ Dale, Iain (24 May 2009). "Iain Dale's Diary: Labour MP Bullies Constituent Over Gurkha Letter".
  3. ^ Bob Piper web site Archived 27 May 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "War of words breaks out over letter to Tamworth MP". 29 May 2009.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Tamworth Blog Archived 27 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine

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