Sir David Crausby
Crausby in 2017
|Member of Parliament |
for Bolton North East
1 May 1997 – 6 November 2019
|Preceded by||Peter Thurnham|
|Succeeded by||Mark Logan|
|Born||17 June 1946|
Bury, Lancashire, England
|Spouse(s)||Enid Anne Noon|
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
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Since 2010, he has been a member of the Speaker's Panel of Chairs  and has overseen many debates in the Commons on behalf of the speaker, including the historic European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018.
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. He campaigned to retain the Preston-Bolton-Manchester electrification project which was at risk of cancellation after Labour lost the 2010 election. He has continued to lobby the Government through letters, petitions, and Parliamentary debates. 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.
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 and the UK delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe from 2013 to 2017.
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.
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.
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- Contributions in Parliament at Hansard
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- Official YouTube channel
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