Liz Blackman


Liz Blackman

Infobox MP
honorific-prefix =
name = Liz Blackman
honorific-suffix =MP


office = Vice-Chamberlain of the Household
term_start = 28 June 2007
term_end = 5 October 2008
predecessor = John Heppell
successor = Claire Ward
primeminister = Gordon Brown
constituency_MP2 = Erewash
parliament2 =
majority2 = 7,084 (14.0%)
predecessor2 = Angela Knight
successor2 = Incumbent
term_start2 = 1 May 1997
term_end2 =
birth_date = Birth date and age|1949|9|26|mf=y
birth_place = Penrith, England
death_date =
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nationality = British
spouse =Derek Blackman (div.)
party = Labour
relations =
children =
residence =
alma_mater = Nottingham Trent University
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website = http://www.lizblackmanmp.org.uk
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Elizabeth Marion 'Liz' Blackman (born September 26, 1949) is a British politician, and is the Labour Party Member of Parliament for Erewash. Blackman stood down from government in October 2008.

Early life

Blackman was born in 1949 in Penrith, England. She was educated at the Carlisle County School for Girls (now called [http://www.st-aidans.cumbria.sch.uk St Aidan's County High School] since 1970) on "Lismore Place"; Prince Henry's Grammar School in Otley; and Clifton College, Nottingham, where she was awarded a BEd degree in 1972.

She taught history at Bramcote Park Comprehensive School, an upper school, in Nottingham, and in 1991 she was elected as a councillor to Broxtowe District Council, and became its deputy leader in 1995 until her election to Westminster in 1997. She stood down from the council in 1998.

Parliamentary career

Blackman was elected as the Labour MP for Erewash at the 1997 General Election, defeating the Conservative Angela Knight. She had been selected as the Labour candidate for the seat from an women only shortlist. She began her progress up the political ladder when she was nominated to the Treasury Select Committee in 1997, replacing Diane Abbott. In 2000 she became the Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon. She remained Hoon's PPS after the 2005 General Election in his new position as Leader of the House of Commons. She was promoted to Government Whip and Vice-Chamberlain of the Household in 2007 but stood down from the government in 2008.

Voting record

How Liz Blackman voted on key issues since 2001 ( [http://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/liz_blackman/erewash They Work For You] ):

* Voted against a transparent Parliament.
* Voted for introducing a smoking ban.
* Voted for introducing ID cards.
* Voted for introducing foundation hospitals.
* Voted for introducing student top-up fees.
* Voted for Labour's anti-terrorism laws.
* Voted for the Iraq war.
* Voted against investigating the Iraq war.
* Voted for replacing Trident.
* Voted for the hunting ban.
* Voted for equal gay rights.

Personal life

She married Derek Blackman. They divorced in 1999. They have a son and daughter.

External links

* [http://www.lizblackmanmp.org.uk/ Official Website]
* [http://www.labour.org.uk/maps/locinfo.phtml?ctid=2419 The Labour Party - Liz Blackman MP] official biography
* [http://politics.guardian.co.uk/person/0,9290,-6363,00.html Guardian Unlimited Politics - Ask Aristotle: Liz Blackman MP]
* [http://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/liz_blackman/erewash TheyWorkForYou.com - Liz Blackman MP]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/mpdb/html/241.stm BBC Politics page]


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