- James Plaskitt
name = James Plaskitt
constituency_MP = Warwick and Leamington
majority = 266 (0.5%)
1 May 1997
birth_date = Birth date and age|1954|06|23|df=yes
nationality = British
party = Labour
University College, Oxford
Grimsby, Plaskitt was educated at the Pilgrim Schoolin Bedford and went up to University College, Oxford to read Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He graduated in 1976 and subsequently took a master's degreein Politicsbefore taking up a lectureship at University College. He moved to Brunel Universityfor four years and then to Christ Church, Oxford.
His political career began in 1985 when he was elected to
Oxfordshire County Council. He was leader of the Labour group from 1990 to 1996. Plaskitt joined Oxford Analytica as a business consultant, and later became its consultancy director. In the 1992 general election he contested Witney for Labour, losing by a substantial margin to Conservative former Foreign Secretary Douglas Hurd. As Labour were swept to power in the 1997 general election landslide, Plaskitt was elected MP for the previously Conservative constituencyof Warwickand Leamington Spa, beating the incumbent Dudley Smithinto second place. He has served on the House of Commons Treasury Select Committeesince 1999, and in the 2001 general election was re-elected with an increased margin, although turnout was lower. Plaskitt was a loyal Labour backbencher, voting with the government on major contentious issues such as the 2003 invasion of Iraq, university tuition fees and foundation hospitals.
After the general election of May 2005, he was appointed as a junior minister in the
Department for Work and Pensions. He stood down from the government in October 2008.
* [http://www.jamesplaskitt.com/ James Plaskitt] official site
* [http://politics.guardian.co.uk/person/0,9290,-4200,00.html Guardian Unlimited Politics – Ask Aristotle: James Plaskitt MP]
* [http://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/james_plaskitt/warwick_and_leamington TheyWorkForYou.com – James Plaskitt MP]
* [http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/mp.php?firstname=James&lastname=Plaskitt&constituency=Warwick+%26+Leamington The Public Whip - James Plaskitt MP] voting record
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