- Joe Benton
name = Joe Benton
constituency_MP = Bootle
majority = 16,357 (63.8%)
predecessor = Michael Carr
8 November 1990
birth_date = Birth date and age|1933|9|28|df=y
nationality = British
spouse = Doris Wynne
party = Labour
Joe Benton was born in 1933 in
Bootleand was educated at the St Monica's Roman Catholic Primary School on " AintreeRoad" and Secondary School in Bootle and the Bootle Municipal Technical College (called the Hugh Baird Collegeof Further Education since 1974 when after merging with the Art College in 1968). On leaving school in 1949 he received an apprenticeshipas a fitter and turner. He entered National Servicein 1955 with the RAF. In 1958 he joined the Pacific Steam Navigation Company as a personnel officer, remaining in this position until 1981. In 1982 he became a personnel manager with Girobank.
He has been a
Justice of the Peaceon the Bootle Bench since 1969. He was elected to serve as a councillor on Sefton Borough Council in 1970dubious, serving until his election to Westminster in 1990, and was the Leader of the Council from 1985.
Bootle saw the death of two young Labour MPs in 1990.
Allan Robertsdied on March 21after a long battle with cancerand was succeeded at the by-electionon May 24by Mike Carr. Carr died as a result of a heart attack just 57 days after his election on July 20. Benton was selected to fight the second by-election in Bootle. He was elected comfortably on November 8, obtaining 78% of the vote and nearly ten times that of his nearest rival, the Conservative James Clappison. Following the 2001 General Election, he held the safest Labour seat in the country.
He married Doris Wynne in 1959 in Bootle and they have four daughters. He votes the Catholic conservative line on issues concerning
abortion, embryoresearch, gay rightsand euthanasia. He is one of the older MPs and is in his 70s.
* [http://www.epolitix.com/EN/MPWebsites/Joe+Benton ePolitix - Joe Benton] official site
* [http://politics.guardian.co.uk/person/0,9290,-379,00.html Guardian Unlimited Politics - Ask Aristotle: Joe Benton MP]
* [http://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/joe_benton/bootle TheyWorkForYou.com - Joe Benton MP]
* [http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/mp.php?mpn=Joe_Benton&mpc=Bootle The Public Whip - Joe Benton MP] voting record
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/mpdb/html/76.stm BBC Politics]
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