- Bob Ainsworth
The Right Honourable
name =Bob Ainsworth
constituency_MP =Coventry North East
majority =14,222 (38.24%)
term_start =9 April 1992
predecessor =John Hughes
birth_date =Birth date and age|1952|06|19|df=yes
party =Labour Party
footnotes =The Rt. Hon. Robert William 'Bob' Ainsworth, PC, MP, (b. 19 June 1952) is the British
Member of Parliamentfor Coventry North East. He is a member of the Labour Party. He is a Minister of Stateat the Ministry of Defence.
Ainsworth was born in
Coventryand attended the local Foxford Comprehensive School. [cite book |first=Byron |last=Criddle |coauthors=Robert Waller |title=Almanac of British Politics |pages=266 |year=2002 |publisher=Routledge |isbn=0415268338] He first became active in politics as a trade unionist at the Jaguar Carsplant in Coventry, where he worked from 1971, and served in many capacities within the Manufacturing, Science and FinanceUnion there, including four years as the Branch President. During 1982 and 1983, he was a candidate member of the International Marxist Group, but he was never a full member of that organisation. In 1984, he was elected to the Coventry City Council, and was its deputy leader from 1989–1992.
Ainsworth became Labour candidate for Coventry North East in 1992 after the sitting MP, John Hughes, was de-selected by the
Constituency Labour Party. Ainsworth was successfully elected with a 11,676 majority, and stepped down from the city council the following year. At the 1997 general election his majority soared to 22,569; falling back to 15,751 at the 2001 election, and 14,222 at the 2005 election.
Ainsworth has been an ever present member of the Labour governments under
Tony Blairand Gordon Brown. From 1997–2001 he served as a whip, and in the reshuffle following Peter Mandelson's second resignation in January 2001 he was promoted to Parliamentary Under Secretary of Stateat the former Department for Environment, Transport and the Regions.
After the 2001 general election Ainsworth was moved sideways to the
Home Office(as Parliamentary Under-Secretary where he remained until 2003 when he became the Deputy Chief Whip (also known as the Treasurer of the Household). On 29 June 2007, he moved to become the Minister of Statefor the Armed Forces, replacing Adam Ingram. [ [http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/AboutDefence/People/Ministers/MinisterOfStateForTheArmedForces.htm Ministry of Defence - Minister of State for the Armed Forces: Bob Ainsworth] ]
Ainsworth was appointed to the Privy Council in February 2005. [ [http://www.number-10.gov.uk/output/Page7206.asp Number 10 - Privy Council Appointment (Robert Ainsworth)] ]
* [http://www.labourincoventry.org.uk/northeast/ Coventry North East Constituency Labour Party] Local Labour Party site
* [http://politics.guardian.co.uk/person/0,9290,-36,00.html Guardian Unlimited Politics - Ask Aristotle: Bob Ainsworth]
* [http://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/bob_ainsworth/coventry_north_east TheyWorkForYou.com - Bob Ainsworth MP]
* [http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/mp.php?mpn=Bob_Ainsworth&mpc=Coventry_North_East Public Whip - Voting Record: Bob Ainsworth]
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