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Lynne Jones MP

Member of Parliament
for Birmingham Selly Oak
Assumed office 
9 April 1992
Preceded by Anthony Beaumont-Dark
Majority 8,851 (21.2%)

Born 26 April 1951 (1951-04-26) (age 58)
Birmingham, England
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Alma mater University of Birmingham
For the US baseball player, see Lynn Jones.

Lynne Mary Jones (born 26 April 1951) is a British Labour politician, who has been the Member of Parliament for Birmingham Selly Oak since 1992.

Born in Birmingham, Lynne Jones studied biochemistry at the University of Birmingham, eventually earning her Ph.D. in 1979. She also has a post-graduate degree in Housing Studies from Birmingham Polytechnic (now Birmingham City University). She has worked in both science and housing, and was a Councillor on Birmingham City Council representing Kings Norton ward before being elected to the House of Commons at the 1992 general election.

She is a member of the Socialist Campaign Group and has taken part in almost all of the backbench rebellions against the Labour government. She is also Chair of the Parliamentary Forum on Transsexualism, and is a patron of Press for Change. She is married, and has two children.

In February 2006 she announced her intention to stand against Gordon Brown in the Labour Party leadership contest expected to follow Prime Minister Tony Blair's resignation if nobody else did, so that Brown could not simply be "crowned". Subsequently, Socialist Campaign Group Chair John McDonnell did so instead, but failed to gain enough nominations from MPs and Brown was unopposed.

Following boundary alterations in Birmingham, which reduce its parliamentary representation from eleven to ten seats, Jones was expected to apply for selection to the redrawn Selly Oak constituency which contains wards from both the current Selly Oak and Hall Green constituencies. However, in January 2007 Jones announced that she will be standing down at the 2010 general election.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Anthony Beaumont-Dark
Member of Parliament for Birmingham Selly Oak

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