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John Mann MP


Member of Parliament
for Bassetlaw
Incumbent
Assumed office 
7 June 2001
Preceded by Joseph Ashton
Majority 10,837 (26.9%)

Born 10 January 1960 (1960-01-10) (age 50)
Leeds, England, UK
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Joanna White
Children 2 Daughters and 1 Son
Alma mater University of Manchester
Occupation Member of Parliament
Website johnmannmp.com

John Mann (born 10 January 1960) is a British Labour politician, who has been the Member of Parliament for Bassetlaw since 2001, after the retirement of previous MP Joe Ashton.

John Mann serves on the influential Treasury Select Committee from where he is calling for the re-mutualisation of British building societies. He has been on the committee before, leading the campaign for more transparency in the consumer credit industry. Previously he has been Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Tessa Jowell and Richard Caborn.

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Early life

Mann is the son of James (Jim) and Brenda Mann. He attended Waterloo Infants school, Pudsey, West Yorkshire from 1965-67. He then attended Pudsey Waterloo Junior school from 1967-71. He went to the independent Bradford Grammar School (via a scholarship). Mann has a BSc in Economics from Manchester University and Diploma in Training Management. Active in the Labour Party from his youth (Pudsey South Labour Party), his activities have taken him from residence in London (he was a councillor in Lambeth), to Lewes in East Sussex, Baldock in Hertfordshire and Worksop in Bassetlaw. He was chair of the National Organisation of Labour Students from 1983-4.

Before entering Parliament he previously worked for the Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union as Head of Research and Education and as the National Training Officer at the TUC National Education Centre in North London (now closed). Mann has also been a party employee and a trade union liaison officer. He is an ally of Phil Woolas. Mann is a member of Unite and GMB, YHA, the British Mountaineering Council, IPD and the Co-operative Party.

He married Joanna White in July 1986 in Leeds. They have two daughters and a son in their mid-teens and early 20s. He supports Leeds United.

Political life

John Mann chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group against Antisemitism. The Group commissioned the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Antisemitism in 2005. The inquiry panel, chaired by former Europe Minister Denis MacShane, gathered written and oral evidence on antisemitism in Britain and published a report of their findings on 7 September 2006. The panel's recommendations included improved reporting and recording of antisemitic attacks; a crackdown on anti-Jewish activity on university campuses; and improved international co-operation to prevent the spread of racist material online. In May 2009 John Mann received the American Jewish Committee's Jan Karski Award in recognition of his commitment to fighting antisemitism in all of its forms.

John Mann has been on the prestigious Treasury Select Committee twice, 2003–2005, and 2009–present, during which he raised issues around debt, financial misselling (with particular reference to Credit Cards) and claims handlers.[1]

Early Day Motion on pensions over £700,000 p.a.

In response to the furore over Sir Fred Goodwin's decision to retain his £703,000 per year pension in spite of bringing the Royal Bank of Scotland to near collapse, John Mann tabled an Early Day Motion to impose a 90% tax on those who receive pensions of £700,000 or over. Simultaneously, he would like to see those who receive a pension of £15,000 p.a. or less to be tax-exempt.[2]

In reference to this, Mann said that "There is more than one way to string a cat and this will ensure that Sir Fred Goodwin is prevented from financially benefiting from his single handed destruction of RBS and will see taxpayers money returned to the coffers. But most significantly this will help those at the lower end of the pension scale. This will be particularly helpful during this time of belt tightening".[3]

Drug policy

Heroin

In September 2002 Mann was reported as holding a public inquiry into drug abuse in North Nottinghamshire, calling for more treatment for heroin users. Mann said some addicts were kicking their habit, but much work remains to really make sure the problem is under control. "It is getting people off the drug and out of crime and back into work that is important - it has been successful here but we want medical help offered routinely and immediately to all heroin addicts," he said.[4]

Salvia divinorum

John Mann raised an Early Day Motion calling for Salvia divinorum to be banned in the UK.[5] The motion (EDM796) only received 11 signatures.[6] A second Early Day Motion was raised in October 2008 attracting 18 signatures,[7] with it being reported that Mann had also written to the Home Secretary.[8] The Observer newspaper gave the content of Mann's letter to Jacqui Smith - "Sadly the issue has come to light again as our young people are using the internet and sites like YouTube to broadcast their friends taking the drug and witnessing the hallucinogenic effects. Our young people are at risk and a wider cultural attachment to this drug seems to be developing that I am sure you agree - regardless of its legal status - needs nipping in the bud".[9] Following a local newspaper story in October 2005, with the MP quoted as saying - "The Australians have clearly found a problem with it. There's obviously a risk in people taking it,[10]

Opponents of prohibitive Salvia restrictions argue that such reactions against it are largely due to an inherent prejudice and a particular cultural bias rather than any actual balance of evidence, pointing out inconsistencies in attitudes toward other more toxic and addictive drugs such as alcohol and nicotine.[11][nb 1] While not objecting to some form of regulatory legal control, in particular with regard to the sale to minors or sale of enhanced high-strength extracts, most Salvia proponents otherwise argue against stricter legislation.[15][nb 2]

Notes

  1. ^ The worldwide number of alcohol related deaths is calculated at over 2,000 people per day.[12][13] The charity Alcohol Concern estimates that 60 people in the UK die every day from drink-related causes.[14]
  2. ^ Those advocating consideration of Salvia divinorum's potential for beneficial use in a modern context argue that more could be learned from Mazatec culture, where Salvia is not really associated with notions of drug taking at all and it is rather considered as a spiritual sacrament. In light of this it is argued that Salvia divinorum could be better understood more positively as an entheogen rather than pejoratively as a hallucinogen.[16]

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Joe Ashton
Member of Parliament for Bassetlaw
2001–present
Incumbent

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