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The Right Honourable
 John Spellar 
MP

Incumbent
Assumed office 
5 October 2008
Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Preceded by Tommy McAvoy

In office
8 June 2001 – 12 June 2003
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Preceded by The Lord Macdonald of Tradeston
Succeeded by Kim Howells

Member of Parliament
for Warley
Incumbent
Assumed office 
2 May 1997
Preceded by Constituency Created
Majority 10,147 (31.6%)

Member of Parliament
for Birmingham Northfield
In office
28 October 1982 – 9 June 1983
Preceded by Jocelyn Cadbury
Succeeded by Roger King

Born 5 August 1947 (1947-08-05) (age 62)
Bromley, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Alma mater St Edmund Hall, Oxford

John Francis Spellar (born 5 August 1947) is a British Labour politician, who has been the Member of Parliament for Warley since 1997. He served as a Minister of State at the Northern Ireland Office, before returning to the backbenches in 2005. Spellar is currently Comptroller of the Household and is the third most senior whip in the Whips' Office.

Spellar was educated at Dulwich College and St Edmund Hall, Oxford and worked as a trade union official. He was a councillor in the London Borough of Bromley between 1970 and 1974. He was first elected to Parliament in 1982 for Birmingham Northfield, but lost at the 1983 election. He returned to the House of Commons in 1992 representing Warley West and has represented Warley since 1997. When Tony Blair formed his government in 1997, Spellar was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence, being promoted to become Minister of State for the Armed Forces in 1999. He entered the Privy Council in 2001 when appointed as Minister of State for Transport in the Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions with rights to attend Cabinet. After the 2002 reshuffle, he became Minister of State at the Department of Transport, moving to the Northern Ireland Office in 2003.

John Spellar has held the following positions:

  • 1992-1994: Opposition Whip
  • 1994-1995: Opposition Spokesman for Northern Ireland
  • 1995-1997: Opposition Spokesman for Defence
  • 1997-1999: Parliamentary under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence
  • 1999-2001: Minister of State for the Armed Forces
  • 2001-2002: Minister for Transport at the Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions
  • 2002-2003: Minister of State at the Department for Transport
  • 2003-2005: Minister of State for Northern Ireland
  • 2008-present: Comptroller of HM Household and Government Whip

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Jocelyn Cadbury
Member of Parliament for Birmingham Northfield
19821983
Succeeded by
Roger King
New constituency Member of Parliament for Warley
1997–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
The Lord Macdonald of Tradeston
Minister of State for Transport
2001–2003
Succeeded by
Kim Howells
Preceded by
Tommy McAvoy
Comptroller of the Household
2008–present
Incumbent
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