Ivan Henderson

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Sam Atkinson (2nd left) celebrating her birthday (15 November 2009) at Pontins, Camber Sands, with sister Joanne Henderson and her brother-in-law Ivan Henderson (right)
BornIvan John Henderson
7 June 1958

Ivan Henderson is Labour's former MP for Harwich (1997–2005).[1] Blairite Henderson is currently Essex County Councillor and Tendring District Councillor for Harwich, his wife Joanne Henderson is a Harwich Town Councillor and Tendring District Councillor and his sister-in-law Sam Atkinson is the former Chair of Clacton Constituency Labour Party.[2]

In November 2016, when a photograph of him, his wife and his sister-in-law appeared on the Clacton CLP (Members Only Group) Facebook page, Henderson demanded that the photo be taken down immediately, and promptly removed himself from the page.[3]

Early life

Ivan Henderson went to the Sir Anthony Deane Comprehensive (now known as The Harwich School) on Hall Lane in Dovercourt.

Henderson was previously a stevedore for Harwich International Port, where he was a trade union official.

Parliamentary career

When elected in 1997, he was Harwich's first ever Labour MP.

In Parliament he was a Parliamentary Private Secretary at the Home Office, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, Department for Work and Pensions and the Treasury. He worked closely with Gordon Brown until he lost his seat to the Conservative Douglas Carswell in the 2005 General Election. In the 2010 General Election, Henderson contested the Clacton constituency, which contained much of the former constituency of Harwich, however he was unsuccessful.[4]

Ivan Henderson continues to play an active role in local politics, acting as the Labour Party's spokesman for Harwich and Clacton. Recent work includes the Kirby Cross Sports Pavilion, where funding that was obtained by Tendring District Council came about through Henderson's discussions with the Football Association. When it came to be opened, Ivan managed to secure a visit from Richard Caborn MP. He also successfully campaigned for Trinity House HQ to remain in Harwich, he was later re-elected to his former East Ward on the Town and District council.

In 2013 he was elected as an Essex County Councillor for Harwich unseating the incumbent Conservative Ricky Callender.

Personal life

From his first marriage, he has two sons, Joseph and Stuart Henderson, and a daughter Melissa Henderson. He married Joanne Atkinson on 13 June 1992. Both Ivan and Joanne Henderson are Directors of Ivan Henderson Consultancy Ltd. [5]