Ian Lavery (born 6 January 1963) is a British Labour Party politician and former trade union leader from Northumberland who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Wansbeck since the May 2010 General Election. Born and raised in Ashington, Lavery began work in the construction industry after leaving school before becoming a mining apprentice.
Noted for being the sole apprentice to refuse to work during the UK miners' strike (1984-1985), Ian Lavery gradually rose up the ranks of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and was chosen to succeed Arthur Scargill as NUM President in 2002.
Once elected to parliament in 2010, Ian Lavery quickly established himself as a leading voice on the left-wing of the Labour Party, and has been a frequent critic of the policies espoused by members of the party's Blairite faction. He served for a time as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Deputy Leader Harriet Harman before resigning in protest of the party's position to raise the pension age. Lavery supported the candidacy of Jeremy Corbyn in both the 2015 and 2016 leadership elections, and was appointed by Corbyn to replace Tom Watson as Labour Party Chair in June 2017.
Supporting Jennie Formby
On 27 February 2018, Ian Lavery tweeted:
- I’ve known @JennieUnite for years she’s a fantastic representative of our class, a great advocate, and dedicated Trade unionist, she’d be a brilliant Gen Sec of our party.
A Document by Ian Lavery
|Title||Document type||Publication date||Subject(s)||Description|
|Document:There is no future for Labour in bureaucratic centrism||Article||11 November 2020||Labour Party|
Social Democratic Party
|Whilst many in the media and party establishments are keen to turn back the clock to the bureaucratic centrism, progressives energised on both sides of the Atlantic, whether by Corbyn or Sanders, will define our future politics.|
- "The Great Debate Contributors: Ian Lavery"
- "An Interview with Ian Lavery, president of the National Union of Mineworkers"
- "Ian Lavery Labour Party MP in Wansbeck – about me"
- "Labour Win"
- "Miner Lavery tipped for leaders’ race"
- "Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery resigns as aide over pensions battle"
- "Supporting Jennie Formby"