|Jeffrey Ennis MP|
Member of Parliament
for Barnsley East and Mexborough
12 December 1996
|Preceded by||Terry Patchett|
|Born||13 November 1952
Grimethorpe, Barnsley, England
|Spouse(s)||Margaret Angela Knight|
|Alma mater||University of the West of England|
Ennis was born in Grimethorpe, near Barnsley in Yorkshire, the son of a coal miner and educated at the Hemsworth Grammar School on Station Road (which became Hemsworth High School and since 2001, the Hemsworth Arts and Community College) before attending the Redland Teachers Training College near Bristol where he was awarded a Bachelor of Education degree in 1975. When he left education he became a raw materials inspector with J. Lyons and Co. bakery in 1975 at Carlton, before becoming a teacher in 1976 initially at the Elston Hall Junior School in Fordhouses, Wolverhampton. In 1978, he moved to teach at the Burngreave Middle School in Sheffield, and from 1979 until his election he taught at Hillsborough Primary School in Sheffield.
Ennis was elected as councillor in the Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley in 1980, becoming the deputy leader in 1988, and was leader 1995-1996, standing down from the council in 1997.
Ennis was elected to the House of Commons at the 1996 Barnsley East by-election following the death of Terry Patchett. Jeff Ennis held the seat at the 12 December 1996 by-election with a majority of 13,181 and has remained an MP since. He made his maiden speech on 14 January 1997. A few months after his election to Westminster he had to go back to his electorate at the 1997 general election for the newly drawn Barnsley East and Mexborough seat, following the redrawing of boundaries and the abolishment of the former Barnsley East.
Following the 1997 general election, Ennis was appointed the Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Minister of State at the Department of Health Tessa Jowell, and then in her capacity of Minister of State at the Department for Education and Employment. He has been a member of the Education & Skills Select Committee since the 2001 general election.
Ennis has been married to Margaret Angela Knight since 1980 and they have three sons, one of which is called Micheal Ennis. Before his election he was active in the trade union movement and was a branch chairman of the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) 1979-1996 and has been a member of the Transport and General Workers Union since 1997. He has lived in his Barnsley constituency for much of his life, and is a supporter of Barnsley F.C.