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Kenneth Purchase (8 January 1939 – 28 August 2016) was a British politician. He belonged to the Labour Party and the Co-operative Party, and served as a Member of Parliament for Wolverhampton North East from 1992 to 2010.[1]

Ken Purchase
Member of Parliament
for Wolverhampton North East
In office
10 April 1992 – 12 April 2010
Preceded byMaureen Hicks
Succeeded byEmma Reynolds
Personal details
Born(1939-01-08)8 January 1939
Wolverhampton, England
Died28 August 2016(2016-08-28) (aged 77)
Wolverhampton, England
Political partyLabour Co-operative
Alma materUniversity of Wolverhampton

Early lifeEdit

He attended Springfield Secondary Modern School (became Woden Primary School) on Springfield Road in Wolverhampton. At Wolverhampton Polytechnic, (now Wolverhampton University) he gained a BA in Social Science. Ken worked as a co-operative development officer. He was an apprentice toolmaker in the foundry industry from 1956–60 at the firm of Arthur Shaw & Company at Willenhall[2] From 1960–8, he worked in experimental component development in the aerospace industry. From 1968–76, he was a toolroom machinist in the car industry. He worked in the property division of Telford Development Corporation. From 1981–2, he was a housing officer in the Housing Department of Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council.[2] From 1982–92, he was a Business Development Advisor at Black Country CDA Ltd. He was a councillor on Wolverhampton Metropolitan Borough Council from 1970–90.

Parliamentary careerEdit

He unsuccessfully contested Wolverhampton North East in 1987, before winning at the next general election in 1992. He served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Robin Cook for six years.

On 27 October 2007 Purchase announced his intention to retire at the next general election.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

He married Brenda Sanders on 20 August 1960 in Rowley Regis. They had two daughters, Samantha and Lisa, who survived him. He died in August 2016 aged 77 and was cremated at Bushbury Crematorium, Wolverhampton.[2]


  1. ^ Langdon, Julia (5 September 2016). "Kenneth Purchase obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Ken Purchase, funeral to dedicated man of the people". Express and Star. 20 September 2016. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  3. ^ "City MP Ken to retire". Express & Star. 27 October 2007. Retrieved 3 November 2007.

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