David Anderson (British politician)

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Dave Anderson
Anderson in 2007
Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland
In office
1 July 2016 – 14 June 2017
LeaderJeremy Corbyn
Preceded byIan Murray
Succeeded byLesley Laird
Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
In office
27 June 2016 – 14 June 2017
LeaderJeremy Corbyn
Preceded byVernon Coaker
Succeeded byOwen Smith
Member of Parliament
for Blaydon
In office
5 May 2005 – 3 May 2017
Preceded byJohn McWilliam
Succeeded byLiz Twist
Personal details
Born (1953-12-02) 2 December 1953 (age 69)
Sunderland, England, UK
Political partyLabour
Eva Anderson
(m. 1973)
Alma materNew College Durham
Doncaster College
Durham University
WebsiteOfficial website
Commons website

David Anderson (born 2 December 1953) is a British politician who served as Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland from 2016 to 2017. A member of the Labour Party, he was Member of Parliament (MP) for Blaydon from 2005 to 2017.

Early life[edit]

Anderson was born in Sunderland. He was educated at Maltby Grammar School, Durham Technical College, Doncaster Technical College and Durham University.[1] He worked as a miner from 1969 until 1989 at Eppleton Colliery near Hetton-le-Hole, then as a care worker until he entered Parliament. During his time as a care worker, he was also an activist in the public sector trade union UNISON and served as its president from 2003 until 2004.

Parliamentary career[edit]

Anderson was first elected at the 2005 general election, after the sitting Labour MP for Blaydon John David McWilliam stood down.

In Parliament, Anderson was a member of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee from 2005 onward, having long been interested in the peace process in Northern Ireland, and was also a member of the House of Commons Procedure Committee for a year. In 2006 he was appointed as the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Education and Skills Minister Bill Rammell.

Until 2014, Anderson served as chair of the Labour Friends of Iraq group, a body dedicated to supporting ordinary Iraqis as they attempt to rebuild their lives.[2] In a 2008 interview with SOMA Digest Anderson urged the implementation of article 140 of the Iraqi constitution regarding the normalisation process of Kirkuk and other formerly Arabised towns.[3] He also called for solving the Kurdish issue in Turkey in a democratic way.

Anderson was nominated as the Parliamentary Champion for Education and Sport by the anti-racist group Show Racism The Red Card. He has been active in the campaign to overturn a House of Lords ruling that would have had a devastating impact on people suffering from asbestosis, pleural mesothelioma and peritoneal mesothelioma, all crippling diseases caused by exposure to asbestos.

Although Labour lost the 2010 general election, Anderson's majority in the Blaydon constituency rose from 5,335 in 2005 to 9,117, on a turnout of 44,913 (66.2%).

He was one of 16 signatories of an open letter to Ed Miliband in January 2015, calling on the party to commit to oppose further austerity, take rail franchises back into public ownership and strengthen collective bargaining arrangements.[4]

He was appointed on 27 June 2016 as Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland by Jeremy Corbyn, following resignations.[5] On 1 July he was made Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland, replacing Ian Murray who had resigned five days earlier.[6] With the snap general election in June 2017, Anderson decided not to seek re-election.[7] Labour retained his seat at the election.

Personal life[edit]

He married Eva Anderson in 1973.


  1. ^ "Dave Anderson MP -official constituency website". Dave Anderson website. Archived from the original on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  2. ^ Labour Friends of Iraq - Who we are Archived 24 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ SOMA Digest Interview Archived 13 July 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Eaton, George (26 January 2015). "The Labour left demand a change of direction - why their intervention matters". New Statesman. Archived from the original on 12 April 2015. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  5. ^ "Jeremy Corbyn unveils new top team after resignations". BBC News. 27 June 2016. Archived from the original on 26 June 2016. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  6. ^ "English MP Dave Anderson is shadow Scottish Secretary". BBC News. 1 July 2016. Archived from the original on 4 July 2016. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  7. ^ "Blaydon MP to stand down in wake of snap election". ITV News. 20 April 2017. Archived from the original on 21 April 2017. Retrieved 20 April 2017.

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by Member of Parliament
for Blaydon

Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
Succeeded by
Preceded by Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland
Succeeded by
Trade union offices
Preceded by
Nancy Coull
President of Unison
Succeeded by
Pauline Thorne