Tom Clarke (politician)


Tom Clarke (politician)

Infobox MP


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name = Tom Clarke
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| constituency_MP = Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill
Coatbridge and Chryston 1997-2005
Monklands West 1983-1997
Coatbridge and Airdrie 1982-1983
parliament =
majority = 19,519 (50.9%)
predecessor = James Dempsey
successor = Incumbent
term_start = 24 June 1982
term_end =
birth_date = Birth date and age|1941|01|10
birth_place = Coatbridge,
death_date =
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nationality = Scottish
spouse =
party = Labour
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alma_mater = Scottish College of Commerce
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Thomas "Tom" Clarke, CBE, JP (born January 10, 1941) British politician. He is the Labour Member of Parliament for Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill.

Tom Clarke was born in Coatbridge. He was educated at All Saints Primary School in Airdrie and [http://www.northlan.gov.uk/education+and+learning/schools/secondary/columba+high.html Columba High School] in Coatbridge (in the same class as fellow Labour MP Jim Cunningham), followed by the Scottish College of Commerce in Glasgow. He was assistant director of the [http://www.ltscotland.org.uk Scottish Council for Education Technology] . He became a deputy director of the Scottish Film Council, where he wrote the synopses for the film library catalogue. He was also president of the British Amateur Cinematographers Central Council (based in Epsom) and organised the [http://www.scottish-screen.com/personality/detail.php?id=10043 Scottish International Amateur Film Festival] . He became a councillor on the Coatbridge Town Council aged 23 in 1964 where he served until it was abolished in 1974, and then became a member for its replacement the Monklands District Council until he was elected to parliament in 1982. He was selected to contest the 1982 Coatbridge and Airdrie by-election caused by the death of the sitting Labour MP James Dempsey. Clarke won the by-election on June 24, 1982 with a majority of 10,090, and he has remained an MP.

In parliament

Clarke became known quite quickly in parliament for his work on issues surrounding disabled people and in 1986 he sponsored the 'Disabled Persons (Services, Representation and Consultation) Act' [http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si1987/Uksi_19870564_en_1.htm] . After the 1987 General Election he became an opposition spokesman on social services under the leadership of Neil Kinnock. He became a member of the Shadow Cabinet of John Smith as the Shadow Scottish Secretary in 1992 and as the Shadow Overseas Development Secretary in 1993, leaving the Shadow Cabinet in 1994, when again he became a spokesman on social security under the leadership of Tony Blair. In 1992, he was diagnosed with ME.

Following the 1997 General Election he became the Minister for Film and Tourism with the rank of Minister of State at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and also became a member of the Privy Council. He was dropped from government the following year and has remained on the backbenches since.

He has been a justice of the peace since 1972, and won an award for his film 'Give us A Goal' in the same year; and was awarded the CBE in 1980. In the 2005 general election, Tom Clarke gained the largest majority in Parliament (19,519). He is a member of the GMB and British Film Institute.

External links

* [http://politics.guardian.co.uk/person/0,9290,-982,00.html Guardian Unlimited Politicis - Ask Aristotle: Tom Clarke MP]
* [http://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/tom_clarke/coatbridge,_chryston_and_bellshill TheyWorkForYou.com - Tom Clarke MP]
* [http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/mp.php?mpn=Tom_Clarke&mpc=Coatbridge+%26amp%3B+Chryston Voting Record at The Public Whip]
* [http://www.scottishlabour.org.uk/coatbridgechrystonandbellshill Page at Scottish Labour]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/mpdb/html/682.stm BBC Politics]

News items

* [http://www.unicef.org.uk/press/news_detail.asp?news_id=775 2006 International Development Bill]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/glasgow_and_west/6247629.stm Accusing utility companies of being greedy]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/1217273.stm Compensation payments for Scottish miners]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/544177.stm Victims of CJD]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/341917.stm Victims of myalgic encephalomyelitis]


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