Jamie Charles Cann (28 June 1946 – 15 October 2001) was a British Labour Party politician who was the Leader of Ipswich Borough Council from 1979–91, before being elected as the Member of Parliament for Ipswich at the 1992 general election, a seat he held until his death in 2001.
|Member of Parliament |
9 April 1992 – 15 October 2001
|Preceded by||Michael Irvine|
|Succeeded by||Chris Mole|
|Born||28 June 1946|
Barton-upon-Humber, Lincolnshire, England
|Died||15 October 2001(aged 55)|
|Spouse(s)||Rosemary Lovitt (m. 1970-2001) (his death)|
Early and family lifeEdit
He was educated at Barton-upon-Humber Grammar School and Kesteven College of Education. He then became a primary school teacher, serving as deputy headmaster of Handford Hall Primary School in Ipswich from 1981 to 1992.
Renowned as an MP with acerbic wit, he spent most of his time campaigning in the constituency. As leader of Ipswich Borough Council, he was noted as a reformer and helped make Ipswich a model local authority. Many local campaigns were fronted by Cann, including the successful Whitefriars development, saving the Wolsey Theatre and town centre supermarket whilst keeping Ipswich as one of the best providers and maintainers of local authority housing in the United Kingdom.
He died of liver disease, in October 2001, just four months after being re-elected at the 2001 general election, and following a spell in hospital in Cambridge. The subsequent by-election for Ipswich was held on 22 November and was retained for the Labour Party by the new candidate Chris Mole. A retirement home on the Ravenswood development in Ipswich was named in Cann's honour following his death,
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