Iain David Wright (born 9 May 1972) is a British Labour Party politician who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Hartlepool from 2004 to 2017, and served also as the Chairman of Business Innovation and Skills Committee. He was previously Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State with responsibility for apprenticeships, and 14-19 reform in the Department for Children, Schools and Families until 11 May 2010.
|Chairman of the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee|
18 June 2015 – 12 July 2017
|Preceded by||Adrian Bailey|
|Succeeded by||Rachel Reeves|
|Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for 14-19 Reform and Apprenticeships|
9 June 2009 – 11 May 2010
|Prime Minister||Gordon Brown|
|Preceded by||Sarah McCarthy-Fry (as PUS for Schools and Learners)|
|Member of Parliament |
8 September 2004 – 3 May 2017
|Preceded by||Peter Mandelson|
|Succeeded by||Mike Hill|
|Born||9 May 1972|
Hartlepool, County Durham, England
|Alma mater||University College London|
In April 2017, he announced that he would not be seeking re election at the snap election of 2017. On 12 July 2017, fellow Labour MP Rachel Reeves succeeded Wright as Chair of the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee.
Wright was born in Hartlepool and graduated with a BA in 1994, and MA in 1995 in History from University College London. That year, he joined the Labour Party and was elected as an officer of Cleveland and Richmond Young Labour. He worked as a chartered accountant for Deloitte & Touche from 1996-2003, and for the One NorthEast RDA from 2003-2004 prior to his election to Parliament.
He was the only Hartlepool member on the shortlist when Peter Mandelson stepped down as Labour MP for the town in September 2004, and was easily selected as the Labour Party candidate for the by election.
During the later stages of the campaign, three local members, one of whom featured in Conservative Party leaflets and another of whom had earlier failed to win the nomination, were reported in the Guardian (which subsequently endorsed Liberal Democrat rival Jody Dunn) to have been unhappy that no other local candidate had been available.
The Labour Party dismissed the claims as having come from the "usual suspects". One subsequently apologised, and another was expelled.
During the campaign, Wright highlighted the Labour government's controversial policies for tackling anti-social behaviour as well as the Liberal Democrats' refusal to support such measures in Parliament and stressed his local origins, in contrast to his main rival's. On polling day (30 September 2004), Wright was elected with a majority of 2,033, reduced from Mandelson's majority of 14,571.
The campaign was unusually long for British by elections, effectively having begun on 22 July (the day Peter Mandelson announced his intention to become a European Commissioner), seventy one days before polling day itself.
His first act as an MP was to actively campaign for the proposed North East Regional Assembly, in the referendum held in November 2004. The proposal for an assembly was rejected by 78% to 22%.
Wright was re elected at the 2005 General Election, with an increased majority of 7,478 votes. In June 2005, he was appointed as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Health Minister Rosie Winterton, a role he resigned from on 7 September 2006.
In 2006, he became Chairman of Labour Friends of Israel. He returned to Government in July 2007, as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Department for Communities and Local Government, before moving to the Department for Children, Schools and Families in the Cabinet reshuffle of June 2009.
Wright and Watson claimed the legal fees for buying the property and the following year claimed £1,431.46 legal fees for buying the freehold, which significantly enhanced the property value. Rules at the time did not require them to reimburse any profits made on the sale of the property.
In response, Wright said "As a new MP, I purchased furniture and electrical equipment once I was in the process of purchasing a half share of a small two bedroom flat in London." His expenses for 2008 to 2009 were £136,725 and ranked 489 out of 647 MPs. The Legg Report stated that he was reimbursed £805.97 for an extra month mortgage interest during 2006 to 2007, which he subsequently repaid.
Wright completed the 2011 Great North Run in aid of the Stroke Association. He joined his son Benjamin, 17, on the 13.1 mile run. The pair ran in aid of the Stroke Association, a cause which has been close to their hearts, since Ben suffered a serious stroke in 2006. Wright completed the course in his personal best time of two hours and fifty minutes, with Ben achieving a time of two hours thirty minutes.
Wright has also supported Whizz-Kidz, an international charity for disabled children.
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- Horton, Helena (19 April 2017). "Who are the Labour MPs who will not be standing in the 2017 general election?". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 19 April 2017.
- Editorial (12 July 2017). "The Guardian view on select committees: chairs of power - Editorial" – via www.theguardian.com.
- His 'About' section on his website. Archived 7 May 2012 at the Wayback Machine
- "Hartlepool Mail". www.hartlepooltoday.co.uk.
- "Hartlepool Mail". www.hartlepooltoday.co.uk.
- Gordon Rayner and Rosa Prince (10 May 2009). "Iain Wright and Tom Watson lavish £100,000 on shared central London flat on MPs' expenses". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 22 May 2012.
- "MPs' expenses: Old rules vs new rules". BBC News. 29 March 2010. Retrieved 22 May 2012.
- "Iain Wright Labour MP for Hartlepool:Expenses". theyworkforyou.com. Retrieved 22 May 2012.
- "Review of past ACA payments" (PDF). House of Commons Members Estimate Committee. 4 February 2010. Retrieved 5 February 2010.
- "Winning candidates for select committee Chairs announced". UK Parliament. 18 June 2015. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
- Smith, Mikey; Bloom, Dan (20 July 2016). "Which MPs are nominating Owen Smith in the Labour leadership contest?". Mirror. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
- "Iain Wright will not stand for re-election as Hartlepool MP". Hartlepool Mail. 19 April 2017. Retrieved 19 April 2017.
- "Iain Wright takes on Great North Run for stroke charity". 8 November 2011. Archived from the original on 9 February 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
- His website
- Profile at the Parliament of the United Kingdom
- Guardian Unlimited Politics - Ask Aristotle: Iain Wright MP
- Communities and Local Government page
- TheyWorkForYou.com - Iain Wright MP
- BBC Politics page
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
| Member of Parliament for Hartlepool