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Gerry Steinberg


Member of Parliament
for City of Durham
In office
11 June 1987 – 5 May 2005
Preceded by Mark Hughes
Succeeded by Roberta Blackman-Woods

Born 20 April 1945 (1945-04-20) (age 64)
Nationality Birtish
Political party Labour
Alma mater Sheffield Hallam University, Northumbria University

Gerald Neil Steinberg, known as Gerry Steinberg, (born 20 April 1945) is a Labour Party politician in the United Kingdom. He was Member of Parliament for the City of Durham from 1987 until his retirement at the 2005 general election.

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Early life

He was the son of Harry and Esther Steinberg.

Steinberg attended St. Margaret's CE Primary School in Durham and then Whinney Hill Secondary Modern School and Johnston Grammar School (both schools now known as Durham Johnston Comprehensive School) on Crossgate Moor. He gained a Teachers Certificate at Sheffield College of Education (now a campus of Sheffield Hallam University) on Collegiate Crescent in Sheffield and later a Diploma of Education (DipEd) of Backward Children (Special Educational Needs) at Newcastle Polytechnic (now Northumbria University Coach Lane Campus). He started teaching at Hexham Camp School in 1966, then moved to Elemore Hall in County Durham in 1969. From 1975-87 he was at Whitworth House Special School in Spennymoor where he became Head Teacher. He joined the Labour Party in 1969 and became election agent for Durham MP Dr. Mark Hughes in 1973. In May 1975 he was elected to Durham City Council.

He was secretary of the Labour Group on the city council from 1981 to 1987 and Co-Leader of the Council from 1983 to 1987.

Parliamentary career

In 1985 he was selected from a short list of six to be the Labour parliamentary candidate for Durham City after Hughes decided not to stand again. He was elected as the Member of Parliament in June 1987.

Steinberg was a member of a number of Parliamentary Committees, including the Education & Skills Select Committee and the Public Accounts Committee.

Personal life

He is a keen follower of sports, especially cricket, football, squash and tennis. He is a keen Sunderland AFC supporter.

Steinberg was admitted as an Honorary Freeman of the City of Durham on 8 December 2005.

On August 25 1969 he married Margaret (Meg) Thornton, a teacher. They have a son and a daughter.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Mark Hughes
Member of Parliament for City of Durham
19872005
Succeeded by
Roberta Blackman-Woods

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