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Tony Lloyd MP

Assumed office 
5 December 2006
Leader Gordon Brown
Preceded by Ann Clwyd

Member of Parliament
for Manchester Central
Assumed office 
1 May 1997
Preceded by Bob Litherland
Majority 9,776 (33.4%)

Member of Parliament
for Stretford
In office
9 June 1983 – 1 May 1997
Preceded by Winston Churchill Jr.
Succeeded by Constituency Abolished

Born 25 February 1950 (1950-02-25) (age 59)
Lostock, Trafford
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Judith Ann Tear
Alma mater University of Nottingham

Anthony Joseph Lloyd (born 25 February 1950) is a British Labour politician, who has been the Member of Parliament for Manchester Central since 1997.


Early life

He went to Stretford Grammar School for Boys on Great Stone Road in Stretford and the University of Nottingham gaining a BSc in Maths in 1972. Later he went to Manchester Business School studying for an MBA, becoming a university lecturer in Business Studies at the University of Salford.

Parliamentary career

Lloyd was first returned to the British House of Commons at the 1983 general election, as Member of Parliament for Stretford. When constituency boundaries were revised for the 1997 general election, he transferred to the Manchester Central constituency, where he has been returned at subsequent elections.

When Labour was returned to office in 1997 under Tony Blair, Lloyd was appointed a junior minister in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office under Robin Cook, but left the Government in the reshuffle in 1999. He remains a backbencher.

Since leaving the Government, his voting record shows a strong left-wing inclination, with him appearing as a rebel teller on several notable occasions. Lloyd joined the considerable number of Labour MPs in choosing to vote against government policy regarding the Iraq War, following this he sided with the sizable number of Labour MPs who rebelled against government policy to detain terror suspects for 90 days without trial, further, in 2007 Lloyd also voted against the renewal of the Trident Nuclear Missile System. Lloyd has also allied himself with other notable left wing causes, consistently voting in support of gay rights and against government policy to introduce student tuition fees.

However, Lloyd has voted for Identity Cards, the National Identity Register and the 3rd runway at Heathrow.

He was also a Vice-President of the Western European Union and leader of the British Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. He is currently the leader of the British Delegation to the OSCE, which deals with a wide-range of security related issues such as democratisation, election monitoring, human rights, arms control, economic and environmental security and security building. He is Chair of the Trade Union Group of Labour MPs. The purpose of the Group is to liaise between the Trade Unions and the Government, especially Trade Unions affiliated to the Labour Party.

On 5 December 2006 he became chairman of the Parliamentary Labour Party, which consists of all Labour MPs, both government and backbench MPs, defeating incumbent Ann Clwyd who was perceived to be too close to Blair. [1]. He chairs the Parliamentary Committee where the Prime Minister and senior government ministers meet with elected representatives of backbench MPs.

Contributed chapters about John Robert Clynes and George Kelly, Labour Members of Parliament for Manchester elected in 1906, to Men Who Made Labour, edited by Alan Haworth and Diane Hayter.

Personal life

He married Judith Ann Tear on 21 September 1974 in Leicester. They have a son and three daughters.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Winston Churchill
Member of Parliament for Stretford
Constituency abolished
Preceded by
Bob Litherland
Member of Parliament for Manchester Central
Political offices
Preceded by
Ann Clwyd
Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party


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