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Ian Pearson MP

Assumed office 
5 October 2008
Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Preceded by Kitty Ussher

In office
5 October 2008 – 9 June 2009
Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Preceded by Gareth Thomas
(promoted to Minister at DBERR)
Succeeded by Pat McFadden
(as Minister of State at DBIS)

In office
28 June 2007 – 5 October 2008
Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Preceded by Malcolm Wicks [1]
Succeeded by The Lord Drayson

Member of Parliament
for Dudley South
Dudley West (1994-1997)
Assumed office 
15 December 1994
Preceded by John Blackburn
Majority 4,244 (10.8%)

Born 5 April 1959 (1959-04-05) (age 50)
Dudley, West Midlands
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Alma mater University of Warwick, Balliol College, Oxford

Ian Phares Pearson (born 5 April 1959) is a British Labour politician, who has been the Member of Parliament for Dudley South since 1994, and is currently the Economic Secretary to the Treasury.

Pearson was educated at Balliol College, Oxford (BA Philosophy, Politics, and Economics) and the University of Warwick (MA, PhD).

He entered parliament for Dudley West in a by-election in 1994, where he served until boundary changes moved him to his present constituency of Dudley South in 1997.

Pearson served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Paymaster-General Geoffrey Robinson from 1997 until Robinson was forced to resign in 1998. In 2001 he returned to the government as a whip. In 2002 he moved to the Northern Ireland Office as a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State. After the 2005 general election he was promoted to Minister of State for Trade in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

In the PM's 2006 reshuffle, he was appointed as Minister of State for Climate Change and Environment at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Pearson has also been noted for some controversial comments.

In 1998 he slammed the World Cup Song Three Lions 98 by David Baddiel, Frank Skinner and the lightning Seeds by saying they 'should be kept as far away as possible from a recording studio"

On 5 January 2007, Pearson courted considerable controversy by publicly criticising several airlines, particularly Ryanair, for failing to pull their weight in lowering UK carbon emissions. He described Ryanair as "the irresponsible face of capitalism". In response, Michael O'Leary, the CEO of Ryanair, claimed Ryanair had made a considerable investment in environmentally-friendly planes and technologies and had the lowest fuel use per passenger figures of any British airline. O'Leary described Pearson as an "idiot minister", adding that Pearson didn't know what he was talking about.[2]

On 29 June 2007 he was moved in Gordon Brown's first reshuffle to become a Minister of State in the newly created Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills under Secretary of State John Denham. Whilst there he was criticised for not doing anything to avert the current funding crisis at the Science and Technology Facilities Council hitting UK Astronomy and particle physics. In Gordon Brown's next reshuffle of 3 October 2008, Pearson was moved to the Treasury as Economic Secretary, also becoming Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Economics and Business. In the June 2009 reshuffle Pearson retained his role at the Treasury but lost his business role as the department was merged to create the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.


  1. ^ Pearson is named science minister, BBC News, 4 July 2007
  2. ^ Climate change minister lashes out at 'irresponsible' Ryanair, The Times, January 5 2007

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Blackburn
Member of Parliament for Dudley West
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Dudley South
Political offices
Preceded by
Malcolm Wicks
Minister of State for Science
2007 – 2008
Succeeded by
The Lord Drayson
Preceded by
Gareth Thomas

(Promoted to Minister at the DBERR)

Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Economics and Business
Succeeded by
Position abolished
Preceded by
Kitty Ussher
Economic Secretary to the Treasury


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