Gerald Neil Steinberg (20 April 1945 – 19 August 2015[1]) was a Labour Party politician in the United Kingdom. He was Member of Parliament for the City of Durham from 1987 until his retirement at the 2005 general election.

Gerry Steinberg
Member of Parliament
for City of Durham
In office
12 June 1987 – 11 April 2005
Preceded byMark Hughes
Succeeded byRoberta Blackman-Woods
Personal details
Gerald Neil Steinberg

(1945-04-20)20 April 1945
Durham, England, UK
Died19 August 2015 (aged 70)
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)Margaret Thornton (1969-2015; his death)
Alma materSheffield Hallam University, Northumbria University
WebsiteGerry Steinberg website

Early lifeEdit

The son of Jewish parents Harry and Esther Steinberg, Gerry Steinberg attended St Margaret's CE Primary School in Durham and then Whinney Hill Secondary Modern School and Johnston Grammar School (both schools now known as Durham Johnston Comprehensive School)[2] on Crossgate Moor. He gained a Teachers Certificate at Sheffield College of Education (now a campus of Sheffield Hallam University) on Collegiate Crescent in Sheffield and later a Diploma of Education (DipEd) of Backward Children (Special Educational Needs) at Newcastle Polytechnic (now Northumbria University Coach Lane Campus).

He started teaching at Hexham Camp School in 1966, then moved to Elemore Hall in County Durham in 1969. From 1975-87 he was at Whitworth House Special School in Spennymoor where he became Head Teacher. He joined the Labour Party in 1969[3] and became election agent for Durham MP Dr Mark Hughes in 1973. In May 1975 he was elected to Durham City Council. He was secretary of the Labour Group on the city council from 1981 to 1987 and Co-Leader of the Council from 1983-87.

Parliamentary careerEdit

In 1985 he was selected from a short list of six to be the Labour parliamentary candidate for Durham City after Hughes decided not to stand again. He was elected as the Member of Parliament in June 1987. Steinberg was a member of a number of Parliamentary Committees, including the Education & Skills Select Committee and the Public Accounts Committee.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Steinberg was admitted as an Honorary Freeman of the City of Durham on 8 December 2005.[citation needed]

On 25 August 1969 Steinberg married Margaret Thornton, a teacher, and had two children, Harry and Lyanne. Gerry Steinberg died on 19 August 2015 after suffering from cancer.


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  2. ^ Langdon, Julia (15 September 2015). "Gerry Steinberg obituary". The Guardian.
  3. ^ Langdon, Julia (15 September 2015). "Gerry Steinberg obituary". The Guardian.
  4. ^ Langdon, Julia (15 September 2015). "Gerry Steinberg obituary". The Guardian.

External linksEdit

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Mark Hughes
Member of Parliament for City of Durham
Succeeded by
Roberta Blackman-Woods