David Anderson (British politician)
|Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland|
1 July 2016 – 14 June 2017
|Preceded by||Ian Murray|
|Succeeded by||Lesley Laird|
|Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland|
27 June 2016 – 14 June 2017
|Preceded by||Vernon Coaker|
|Succeeded by||Owen Smith|
|Member of Parliament|
5 May 2005 – 3 May 2017
|Preceded by||John McWilliam|
|Succeeded by||Liz Twist|
|Born||2 December 1953|
Sunderland, England, UK
|Alma mater||New College Durham|
Anderson was born in Sunderland. He was educated at Maltby Grammar School, Durham Technical College, Doncaster Technical College and Durham University. He worked as a miner from 1969 until 1989 at Eppleton Colliery near Hetton-le-Hole, then as a care worker until he entered Parliament. During his time as a care worker, he was also an activist in the public sector trade union UNISON and served as its President for 2003-4.
In Parliament, Anderson was a member of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee from 2005 onward, having long been interested in the peace process in Northern Ireland, and was also a member of the House of Commons Procedure Committee for a year. In 2006 he was appointed as the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Education and Skills Minister Bill Rammell.
Anderson chairs the Labour Friends of Iraq group, a body dedicated to supporting ordinary Iraqis as they attempt to rebuild their lives. In a 2008 interview with SOMA Digest Anderson urged the implementation of article 140 of the Iraqi constitution regarding the normalisation process of Kirkuk and other formerly Arabised towns. He also called for solving the Kurdish issue in Turkey in a democratic way.
Anderson was nominated as the Parliamentary Champion for Education and Sport by the anti-racist group Show Racism The Red Card. He has been active in the campaign to overturn a House of Lords ruling that would have had a devastating impact on people suffering from asbestosis, pleural mesothelioma and peritoneal mesothelioma, all crippling diseases caused by exposure to asbestos.
Although Labour lost the 2010 general election, Anderson's majority in the Blaydon constituency rose from 5,335 in 2005 to 9,117, on a turnout of 44,913 (66.2%).
He was one of 16 signatories of an open letter to Ed Miliband in January 2015, calling on the party to commit to oppose further austerity, take rail franchises back into public ownership and strengthen collective bargaining arrangements.
He was appointed on 27 June 2016 as Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland by Jeremy Corbyn, following resignations. On 1 July he was made Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland, replacing Ian Murray who had resigned five days earlier.. With the snap general election in June 2017, Anderson decided not to seek re-election. Labour retained his seat at the election.
He married Eva Anderson in 1973.
- "Blaydon MP to stand down in wake of snap election". ITV News. 20 April 2017. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
- "Dave Anderson MP -official constituency website". Dave Anderson website. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
- Labour Friends of Iraq - Who we are Archived 24 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
- SOMA Digest Interview Archived 13 July 2015 at the Wayback Machine.
- Eaton, George (26 January 2015). "The Labour left demand a change of direction - why their intervention matters". New Statesman. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
- "Jeremy Corbyn unveils new top team after resignations". BBC News. 27 June 2016.
- "English MP Dave Anderson is shadow Scottish Secretary". BBC News. 1 July 2016. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
- Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
- Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 2010–present
- Contributions in Parliament during 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 at Hansard Archives
- Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 1803–2005
- Voting record at Public Whip
- Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou
- Profile at Westminster Parliamentary Record
- David Anderson Profile at New Statesman Your Democracy
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
| Member of Parliament
| Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
| Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland