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David Chaytor MP

Member of Parliament
for Bury North
Assumed office 
1 May 1997
Preceded by Alistair Burt
Majority 2,926 (6.6%)

Born 3 August 1949 (1949-08-03) (age 60)
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Sheena Chaytor
Alma mater University of London
Huddersfield Polytechnic
University of Bradford
University of Leeds

David Michael Chaytor (born 3 August 1949) is a British Labour politician, who has been the Member of Parliament for Bury North since 1997, but is currently suspended from the parliamentary party while an investigation is carried out. On 2 June 2009, he announced that he would not be standing for parliament at the next General Election.[1][2]



David Chaytor was born in Bury and was educated at the East Ward Primary School and the Bury Grammar School both in the town. He later attended the University of London where he was awarded a BA degree in 1970, Huddersfield Polytechnic, the University of Bradford, and he then qualified as a teacher in 1976 at the University of Leeds. He then returned to the University of London to finish his Masters (MPhil) in philosophy in 1979 and did further postgraduate work at the University of Bradford.

Early career

He started work as a college lecturer in 1973, before being appointed as the senior staff tutor at the Manchester College of Arts and Technology in 1983. In 1990, he became the Head of Continuing Education at the same institute. He remained here until his election to parliament.

Political career


Local council

He was elected as a councillor on the Calderdale Borough Council in 1982 and served until 1997. He served as Chair of the Labour Group, and Chair of the Education, Economic Development, and Highways & Transportation Committees.


He contested the parliamentary constituency of Calder Valley at the 1987 General Election, but was defeated by 6,045 votes by the sitting Conservative MP Donald Thompson. He again contested Calder Valley at the 1992 General Election, at which he reduced Thompson's majority to 4,878. He had to cede the candidacy for Calder Valley because of an all women shortlist which selected Christine McCafferty. However, Chaytor contested the marginal seat of Bury North at the 1997 General Election which he won, defeating the then Social Security minister Alistair Burt by a clear 7,866 votes and has remained the MP there since. Chaytor made his maiden speech on 17 June 1997,[3] where he talked of the humble Bury black pudding and Bury's most famous son, Robert Peel.

Chaytor’s main political interests are in the Environment, Education, Transport and Foreign Affairs. In the 1997–2001 Parliament he was a Member of the Environmental Audit Select Committee and in January 2000 he received the Green Ribbon award as best environmentalist backbencher in the House of Commons. He has been a backbencher since his election and is a member of the Education & Skills Select Committee and the Environmental Audit Select Committee. He voted against the government on the privatisation of the National Air Traffic Services, and has announced his intention to vote against the last clause of the Gambling Bill. Despite being educated under the Direct Grant system at Bury Grammar School, Chaytor is Chairman of Comprehensive Future, an organisation set up to end selection in British schools. He chairs the All Party Group for Intelligent Energy, and co-chairs the All Party Group for Further Education and Lifelong Learning. He is the Secretary of Globe UK, the British branch of the international network of environmentalist parliamentarians.

Suspension and subsequent retirement as an MP

On 16 May 2009, he was suspended by the Labour party in response to an allegation in the Daily Telegraph that he had claimed nearly £13,000 in mortgage expenses on a home on which the mortgage had already been paid, and on 2 June 2009 he announced that he would be stepping down as an MP at the next General Election. He was shortly after officially barred from standing for election as a Labour Party Candidate by the Labour Party NEC's Special Endorsements Panel.[1][2]

On 5 February 2010, it was announced that he would be charged with offences under section 17 of the Theft Act relating to false accounting.[4]


External links

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Alistair Burt
Member of Parliament for Bury North


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