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Jon Trickett MP

Assumed office 
4 October 2008
Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Preceded by Ian Austin

Member of Parliament
for Hemsworth
Assumed office 
1 February 1996
Preceded by Derek Enright
Majority 13,481 (36.6%)

Born 2 July 1950 (1950-07-02) (age 59)
Leeds, Yorkshire, UK
Nationality British
Political party Labour

Jon Hedley Trickett (born 2 July 1950) is a British Labour politician, who has been the Member of Parliament for Hemsworth since 1996, and currently is the Parliamentary Private Secretary to Prime Minister Gordon Brown.


Early life

He studied at Roundhay Grammar School (now called Roundhay School) in Leeds. He had previously been leader of Leeds City Council and was first elected to the Leeds City Council in 1984 for the Beeston ward. He gained a BA in Politics from the University of Hull, and later an MA in Political Sociology from the University of Leeds. From 1974-86 he also worked as a builder and plumber.

Parliamentary career

Until the vote on 42-day detention without charge, Trickett was chair of the Compass[1] Parliamentary group. He resigned from this position after voting in favour of the legislation despite Compass opposition to the Bill. He had previously voted against the Blair Government's 90 detention proposals - the only time Blair was defeated in the Commons.

He played a significant role in rebelling against the Iraq War and participated in demonstrations against the War. He rebelled on a number of occasions against Tony Blair's attempts to bring about marketisation of public services. He participated in a campaign to amend the Companies Bill to secure public listed companies reporting on 'supply chain issues' in line with the suggestions of a range of non governmental organisations.He was a leading figure in the campaign to prevent a decision to replace the Trident[2] nuclear weapons system in 2007. He was Jon Cruddas' campaign manager during the 2007 Labour Party deputy leadership election. In June 2007 he was asked by Gordon Brown to chair the party's manifesto group on housing, a position which he declined to take up. Trickett was appointed as acting Chair of the Tribune newspaper Board in 2007

Following the cabinet reshuffle of 3 October 2008, Trickett became the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown.[3]

Personal life

He married Sarah Balfour on 31 October 1993. He had previously married in 1969 and from that marriage he has two daughters and a son.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Derek Enright
Member of Parliament for Hemsworth
1996 – present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Ian Austin
Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Prime Minister
2008 – present
Succeeded by


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