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Dame Rosalie Winterton, DBE (born 10 August 1958) is a Labour Party politician in the United Kingdom. She was first elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Doncaster Central in 1997. Since June 2017, Winterton has served as Second Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means. She served under Prime Minister Gordon Brown as the Minister for Work and Pensions from 2008 to 2009, and the Minister for Local Government from 2009 to 2010. She later entered the Shadow Cabinet in May 2010 as the Shadow Leader of the House of Commons.


Dame Rosie Winterton

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Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons
Second Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means
Assumed office
28 June 2017
SpeakerJohn Bercow
Lindsay Hoyle
ChairmanLindsay Hoyle
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Preceded byNatascha Engel
Opposition Chief Whip of the House of Commons
In office
7 October 2010 – 6 October 2016
LeaderEd Miliband
Harriet Harman (Acting)
Jeremy Corbyn
DeputyAlan Campbell
Preceded byNick Brown
Succeeded byNick Brown
Shadow Leader of the House of Commons
In office
12 May 2010 – 7 October 2010
LeaderHarriet Harman (Acting)
Ed Miliband
ShadowingGeorge Young
Preceded byGeorge Young
Succeeded byHilary Benn
Minister of State for Local Government
In office
5 June 2009 – 11 May 2010
Prime MinisterGordon Brown
Sec. of StateJohn Denham
Preceded byJohn Healey
Succeeded byGrant Shapps
Minister of State for Work and Pensions
In office
24 January 2008 – 5 June 2009
Prime MinisterGordon Brown
Sec. of StateJames Purnell
Preceded byMike O'Brien
Succeeded byAngela Eagle
Minister for Yorkshire and the Humber
In office
24 January 2008 – 11 May 2010
Prime MinisterGordon Brown
Preceded byCaroline Flint
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Minister of State for Transport
In office
28 July 2007 – 3 October 2008
Prime MinisterGordon Brown
Sec. of StateRuth Kelly
Preceded byStephen Ladyman
Succeeded byThe Lord Adonis
Member of Parliament
for Doncaster Central
In office
2 May 1997 – 6 November 2019
Preceded byHarold Walker
Succeeded byElection in progress
Majority10,131 (23.5%)
Personal details
Born
Rosalie Winterton

(1958-08-10) 10 August 1958 (age 61)
Leicester, England
Political partyLabour
Alma materUniversity of Hull

In September 2010, she was nominated and elected unopposed as Labour Chief Whip and served in the post until October 2016. She was elected as one of three deputy speakers of the House of Commons on 28 June 2017.[1][2]

Early lifeEdit

Educated at St Mary's (now Hill House School, Doncaster), Ackworth School (an independent school) and Doncaster Grammar School on Thorne Road[3](now Hall Cross Academy) and then reading for a BA in History at the University of Hull[4] in 1979, Winterton first worked as John Prescott's Constituency Personal Assistant from 1980 until 1986,[4] and then Parliamentary Officers, first for Southwark Council for two years until 1988 and then for a further two for the Royal College of Nursing until 1990.[4]

After working for four years in the private sector, as Managing Director of Connect Public Affairs, she returned to politics to assist John Prescott in 1994; Prescott had been elected as the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, and Winterton worked as Head of Office for the Deputy Party Leader until 1997.[4]

Parliamentary careerEdit

Winterton became an MP in the 1997 election, serving the safe Labour seat of Doncaster Central constituency with a vote share exceeding 50% in each general election until 2010, where her vote share fell to 39.7%.

She entered government in 2001, serving as a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Lord Chancellor's Department, and became a Minister of State at the Department for Health in June 2003; in January 2006 her responsibilities were changed to Health Services,[5] including responsibility for NHS dentistry. She presided over the introduction of the new NHS dental contract of April 2006.

In June 2007, she was appointed Minister of State at the Department for Transport by the new Prime Minister, Gordon Brown.[6] Winterton was subsequently appointed Minister for Yorkshire and the Humber in addition to her DfT responsibilities on 24 January 2008. She was promoted to Minister of State for Pensions at the Department for Work and Pensions in the October 2008 reshuffle, retaining her Ministerial brief for Yorkshire and the Humber.

In the June 2009 reshuffle, Winterton was moved to Minister of State for Regional Economic Development and Co-ordination at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department for Communities and Local Government and, in that role, was invited to attend cabinet when her responsibility was on the agenda.

In the row over MPs' expenses, it was claimed she used taxpayers' cash to soundproof the bedroom of her south London flat.[7] According to The Daily Telegraph, the minister claimed a total of £86,277 over four years in additional costs allowance – close to the total allowed under Parliament's green book.

In September 2010, she was nominated and elected unopposed as Labour Chief Whip and served until October 2016, when she was replaced by Nick Brown.[8]

In June 2017, Winterton was elected to serve as Second Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means.[9]

She is a member of Labour Friends of Israel.[10]

HonoursEdit

In June 2006, she was appointed a member of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council,[11] and she was sworn in on 19 July 2006.

She was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2016 New Year Honours.[12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Labour's Rosie Winterton elected as deputy Commons speaker". BBC News. 28 June 2017. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  2. ^ Sparrow, Andrew; Rawlinson, Kevin (28 June 2017). "Commons rejects Labour's amendment to Queen's speech - as it happened". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  3. ^ https://www.rosiewinterton.co.uk/rosie-winterton Winterton's website.
  4. ^ a b c d "Rt Hon Rosie Winterton MP : The Department of Health - About us: Ministers and department leaders". 5 February 2007. Archived from the original on 5 February 2007. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Voting Record - Rosie Winterton MP, Doncaster Central (10648)". The Public Whip. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  6. ^ Her Majesty's Government Archived 8 January 2009 at the Wayback Machine Prime Minister's Office (Archived)
  7. ^ Watt, Holly (29 May 2009). "MPs' expenses: Rosie Winterton claimed for soundproofing bedroom". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 20 July 2010.
  8. ^ Bush, Stephen (6 October 2016). "Jeremy Corbyn rewards loyalists in confident reshuffle". New Statesman. Retrieved 4 November 2019.
  9. ^ "Labour's Rosie Winterton elected as deputy Commons speaker". BBC News. 28 June 2017. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  10. ^ "LFI Supporters in Parliament". Labour Friends of Israel. Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  11. ^ Norman Reginald appointed to the Privy Council Archived 25 September 2006 at the Wayback Machine Prime Minister's Office, 27 June 2006 (Archived)
  12. ^ "No. 61450". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 2015. p. N8.

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