- Greg Pope
name = Greg Pope
constituency_MP2 = Hyndburn
majority2 = 5,587 (14.2%)
9 April 1992
birth_date = Birth date and age|1960|08|29|df=yes
nationality = British
spouse = Catherine Fallon
party = Labour
University of Hull
website = [http://www.gregpope.co.uk/ www.gregpope.co.uk]
Gregory James Pope (born
29 August 1960, Blackburn) is a politician in the United Kingdom. He is Labour member of Parliamentfor Hyndburn, and was first elected in 1992. He was a government whip until the reshuffle following the 2001 general election.
He went to St Marys College RC Grammar School on "Shear Brow" in
Blackburn, now St Mary's College, a Sixth form college. He studied Politics at the University of Hull, graduating in 1981.
Blairite, [ [http://politics.guardian.co.uk/foreignaffairs/story/0,,1832868,00.html Cabinet concern over PM's stance] , Tania Branigan and Alexi Mostrous, The Guardian, 29 July 2006] Pope is a signatory of the Henry Jackson Society. He was a member of the backbench committee on Northern Ireland 1997-2001
In April 2000 as a whip, Greg Pope inadvertently approved a Liberal Democrat clause in the government's utilities bill, committing the government to meet 10% of electricity requirements from green sources by 2010. Pope said: "We were doing a series of government amendments. I realised I'd shouted aye too many times. I'm not overjoyed about it." The error led the government to instruct its MPs to vote against the clause. ["Whip's error on Lib-Dem clause "farcical", Financial Times, 19 April 2000]
In July 2003, Pope admitted leaking confidential
Foreign Affairs Select Committeeevidence to The Guardiannewspaper chief political correspondent Patrick Wintour. The move was described as an attempt to "bounce" MPs on the committee into clearing Alastair Campbellof "sexing up" the so-called Dodgy Dossierof evidence into the threat posed by Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. [MPs' fury over ploy to rescue Campbell, Paul Eastham, " Daily Mail", 4 July 2003]
In a survey of MPs, Pope somewhat controversially chose "
Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols" as his favourite album. "It changed music forever and meant we never had to listen to Boney Magain." [Seventies rock still a big hit with MPs, " Daily Mail", 27 July 2006]
He married (the former) Catherine Fallon on August 2 1985, and they have four children, including two sons born June 1986 and April 1991.
* [http://www.gregpope.co.uk His web site]
* [http://politics.guardian.co.uk/person/0,9290,-4221,00.html Guardian Unlimited Politics - Ask Aristotle: Greg Pope MP]
* [http://www.hull.ac.uk/pas/undergraduate/what_our_students_say/Greg_Pope/index.html His experience at Hull]
* [http://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/greg_pope/hyndburn TheyWorkForYou.com - Greg Pope MP]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/mpdb/html/334.stm BBC Politics page]
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