David Crausby

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Sir David Crausby
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Crausby in 2017
Member of Parliament
for Bolton North East
In office
1 May 1997 – 6 November 2019
Preceded byPeter Thurnham
Succeeded byMark Logan
Personal details
Born (1946-06-17) 17 June 1946 (age 74)
Bury, Lancashire, England
NationalityBritish
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)Enid Anne Noon
WebsiteOfficial website

Sir David Anthony Crausby (born 17 June 1946) is a British Labour Party politician who served as Member of Parliament (MP) for Bolton North East from 1997 until 2019.

Crausby was born in Bury, Lancashire and worked as a lathe turner and as works convenor for the Amalgamated Engineering Union. He was a councilor for Bury District Council from 1979 to 1992. He was elected as an MP in 1997. Crausby was a member of the Social Security and Defence Select Committees. He was knighted in the 2017 New Year Honours.

Early life and career[edit]

David Crausby was born in Bury, Lancashire and was educated locally at the Derby Grammar School (now Derby High School) in Bury and at Bury Technical College. He began a career as a turner, becoming an apprentice centre lathe turner in 1962, and later became works convenor for the Amalgamated Engineering Union at Beloit Walmsleys Ltd, Bolton. He remained in this position until his election to the House of Commons in 1997. He was elected a councillor in 1979 to the then Bury District Council, and served until 1992.

Parliamentary career[edit]

He contested the marginal Bury North seat, having been just elected as Chairman of the local constituency Labour Party, at the 1987 general election but was defeated by the sitting Conservative MP Alistair Burt by 6,911 votes. He contested the Conservative-held marginal seat of Bolton North East at the 1992 general election where the sitting MP Peter Thurnham was defending an 813 majority. Bolton North East became more marginal with Thurnham retaining the seat by just 185 votes.

Thurnham retired at the 1997 general election, having crossed the floor to join the Liberal Democrats on 12 October 1996. Crausby defeated the new Conservative candidate, Rob Wilson, by 12,669 votes. He made his maiden speech on 17 July 1997, in which he remembered the inventor of the spinning mule Samuel Crompton who was born in Bolton.[2]

Crausby has remained the MP there since, though his majority fell to 8,422 in 2001 and 4,103 in 2005. In the latter year, he won with 16,874 votes, which was 45.7% of votes cast. In the 2010 general election, with a turnout of 64.97%, he increased his share of the vote to 45.9%, and won with 19,870 votes. In the 2017 general election he was again returned, with a majority of 3,797.[3]

In parliament, Crausby joined the Social Security Select committee in 1999, and was a member of the Defence Select Committee from the 2001 general election to 2010. He voted against the Iraq War in 2003.[4][5]

Since 2010, he has been a member of the Speaker's Panel of Chairs [6] and has overseen many debates in the Commons on behalf of the speaker, including the historic European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018.[7]

Crausby has a long-standing interest in improving railways in his constituency. He lobbied the last Labour government to address overcrowding and opposed the idea of a Greater Manchester congestion charge because of the lack of viable alternatives.[8] He campaigned to retain the Preston-Bolton-Manchester electrification project which was at risk of cancellation after Labour lost the 2010 election.[9] He has continued to lobby the Government through letters,[10] petitions,[11] and Parliamentary debates.[12] In 2018 Crausby led a debate on Northern trains and called for the resignation of Transport Secretary Chris Grayling after the disastrous May timetable caused mass disruption across the North of England.[13]

Crausby has also been involved in international politics. He represented the UK as a member of the delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly from 2005–2015[14][15] and the UK delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe from 2013 to 2017.[16]

In 2011, Crausby won The House magazine's Commons Speech of the Year, for his speech on bringing the military covenant into law, beating the then Prime Minister, David Cameron.[17]

In 2013, he became one of the few Labour MPs to vote against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, which eventually was passed with cross-party support.[18]

Crausby was knighted in the 2017 New Year Honours.[19] Crausby lost his seat at the 2019 General Election.

Personal life[edit]

He married Enid Anne Noon in 1965 in Bury and they have two sons. His eldest son, also named David, is a commercial and editorial photographer; his work is represented by several agencies including Getty Images and Alamy. His son is currently based in Germany.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ceridwen Lee (27 August 2015). "Fall in number of Catholic MPs in the House of Commons ahead of landmark debate on assisted dying". The Tablet. Archived from the original on 11 October 2017. Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  2. ^ Westminster, Department of the Official Report (Hansard), House of Commons. "House of Commons Hansard Debates for 17 Jul 1997 (pt 18)". www.publications.parliament.uk. Archived from the original on 3 January 2017. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Bolton North East parliamentary constituency – Election 2017". BBC News. Archived from the original on 13 June 2017. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Iraq — Case for war not established — rejected: Recent Votes". TheyWorkForYou. Archived from the original on 23 April 2019. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Iraq — Declaration of War: Recent Votes". TheyWorkForYou. Archived from the original on 23 April 2019. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Sir David Crausby MP". UK Parliament. Archived from the original on 28 April 2019. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  7. ^ "MP pledges to 'stop things breaking out into chaos' during Brexit bill debate". The Bolton News. Archived from the original on 23 April 2019. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  8. ^ "Rail chaos report goes to minister". The Bolton News. Archived from the original on 23 April 2019. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  9. ^ "Fears for maternity unit, school building and railway electrification". The Bolton News. Archived from the original on 23 April 2019. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  10. ^ "Government intervention needed over 'decline in standards' of Bolton commuter trains, MP says". The Bolton News. Archived from the original on 23 April 2019. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  11. ^ "Our campaign to improve Bolton's overcrowded trains goes to Downing Street". The Bolton News. Archived from the original on 23 April 2019. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  12. ^ "Engagements – Hansard". hansard.parliament.uk.
  13. ^ "Northern Rail Services: Greater Manchester – Hansard". hansard.parliament.uk.
  14. ^ "Membership of the Previous Delegation". UK Parliament. Archived from the original on 23 April 2019. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  15. ^ "Membership of the UK Delegation". UK Parliament. Archived from the original on 23 April 2019. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  16. ^ "PACE Member File". assembly.coe.int. Archived from the original on 27 April 2019. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  17. ^ "Somerset MP fails in speech bid". BBC News. 7 July 2011. Archived from the original on 8 May 2019. Retrieved 5 July 2019 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  18. ^ George Eaton, "Labour and Lib Dem MPs who voted against gay marriage: full list" Archived 19 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine, New Statesman, 6 February 2013. Last retrieved 26 August 2013.
  19. ^ "No. 61803". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2016. p. N2.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Peter Thurnham
Member of Parliament for Bolton North East
1997–2019
Succeeded by
Mark Logan