Ivan Henderson

Ivan John Henderson (born 7 June 1958) is a Labour Party politician in the United Kingdom. He was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Harwich from 1997 to 2005. He is currently a member of Essex County Council for Harwich.

Ivan Henderson
Essex County Councillor for Harwich
Assumed office
2 May 2013
Preceded byRicky Callender
Member of Parliament
for Harwich
In office
1 May 1997 – 11 April 2005
Preceded byIain Sproat
Succeeded byDouglas Carswell
Personal details
Born (1958-06-07) 7 June 1958 (age 62)
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)Jo Henderson

Early lifeEdit

He went to the Sir Anthony Deane Comprehensive (now known as The Harwich School) on Hall Lane in Dovercourt.

Henderson was previously a Harwich Town Councillor and Tendring District Councillor. He was a stevedore for Harwich International Port. He became a trade union official.

Parliamentary careerEdit

When elected in 1997, he was Harwich's first ever Labour MP.

In Parliament he was a Parliamentary Private Secretary at the Home Office, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, Department for Work and Pensions and the Treasury. He worked closely with Gordon Brown until he lost his seat to the Conservative Douglas Carswell in the 2005 general election. In the 2010 general election Henderson contested the Clacton constituency, aside from the town of Harwich itself, which contained much of the former constituency of Harwich, however he was unsuccessful.[1]

Ivan Henderson continues to play an active role in local politics, acting as the Labour Party's spokesman for Harwich and Clacton. Recent work includes the Kirby Cross Sports Pavilion,[2] where funding that was obtained by Tendring District Council came about through Henderson's discussions with the Football Association. When it came to be opened, Ivan managed to secure a visit from Richard Caborn MP. He also successfully campaigned for Trinity House HQ to remain in Harwich, he was later reelected to his former East Ward on the Town and District council.

In 2013 he was elected as an Essex County Councillor for Harwich unseating the incumbent Conservative Ricky Callender.[3] He was later reelected in 2017.

Personal lifeEdit

From his first marriage, he has one son and a daughter, from his second marriage he has one son. He married Jo'Anne Atkinson on 13 June 1992. His children are Joseph Henderson, Stuart Henderson and Melissa Henderson.


  1. ^ "BBC News - Election 2010 - Constituency - Clacton".
  2. ^ http://www.clactonlabourparty.org.uk/news/54-ivan-attends-opening-of-kirby-sports-pavilion[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Elections".

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Iain Sproat
Member of Parliament for Harwich
Succeeded by
Douglas Carswell