Graham Stringer

Graham Eric Stringer (born 17 February 1950) is a British Labour Party politician serving as MP for Blackley and Broughton since 1997. Before entering Parliament, he served as leader of Manchester City Council from 1984 to 1996, and chair of Manchester Airport plc from 1996 to 1997. Stringer is a prominent Eurosceptic.

Graham Stringer

Stringer after the 2010 General election.
Member of Parliament
for Blackley and Broughton
Manchester Blackley (1997–2010)
Assumed office
1 May 1997
Preceded byKenneth Eastham
Majority14,402 (37.3%)
Leader of Manchester City Council
In office
Succeeded byRichard Leese
Member of Manchester City Council
for Harpurhey
In office
6 May 1982  1997
Member of Manchester City Council
for Charlestown
In office
4 May 1979  6 May 1982
Personal details
Born (1950-02-17) 17 February 1950 (age 71)
Manchester, Lancashire, England
Political partyLabour
Kathryn Carr
(m. 1999)
Children3 (2 step children)
Alma materUniversity of Sheffield

Early life

Stringer attended Christ Church Primary School in Beswick, Manchester, and Openshaw Technical High School for Boys in Openshaw, Manchester. After graduating in Chemistry from the University of Sheffield in 1971, Stringer worked as an analytical chemist in the plastics industry.[1][2] Stringer became a local councillor in Manchester in 1979, and was Manchester City Council leader from 1984 to 1996. He was also chair of Manchester Airport plc from 1996 to 1997.[2]

Parliamentary career

Stringer was first elected in 1997 taking over the Blackley seat of the retired Kenneth Eastham. He is only the third Member of Parliament (MP) in the constituency since 1964, which has been a Labour seat since Paul Rose defeated Eric Johnson that year.

Stringer was a member of the Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Select Committee until 1999. He then served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Cabinet Office until 2001. After a spell on the back benches and as a government whip, he spent the last six years of the Labour Government as a member of the Transport Select Committee. He campaigned against a proposed Congestion Charge in Greater Manchester.[3] In September 2008, Stringer became the first Labour MP to publicly call for Gordon Brown to resign as Prime Minister.[4]

In an online column in January 2009, Stringer denied the existence of dyslexia, calling it "a cruel fiction" invented by "the education establishment" to divert blame for illiteracy from "their eclectic and incomplete methods for instruction".[5] The charities Dyslexia Action and the British Dyslexia Association criticised Stringer's claims.[6]

Following boundary changes which abolished the Manchester Blackley constituency, Stringer successfully contested the successor seat of Blackley and Broughton at the 2010 General Election.

In January 2011, he called for Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, a lifelong Labour voter and vocal supporter of the party at elections, to be given a seat in the House of Lords.[7] Two years later, Ed Miliband offered Ferguson a seat in the House of Lords but he turned it down.[citation needed]

In September 2011, he contributed to the book What Next for Labour? Ideas for a New Generation; his piece was entitled "Transport Policy for the Twenty-First Century".[8]

He is a trustee of the Global Warming Policy Foundation, an organisation which promotes climate change denialism.[9][10] As a member of the Science and Technology Committee, Stringer participated in the investigation into the Climatic Research Unit email controversy ("Climategate") in March 2010, questioning Phil Jones closely on transparency[11] and other issues; in the five member group producing the report he voted against the other three voting members on every vote, representing a formulation more critical of the CRU and climate scientists.[12]

In an op-ed in March 2011, Stringer criticised the British inquiries into the CRU email controversy, writing that the controversy "demanded independent and objective scrutiny of the science by independent panels. This did not happen."[13] Stringer was a member of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee from November 2013 to March 2015.[14] In 2014, Stringer was one of two MPs on the committee to vote against the acceptance of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change conclusion that humans are the dominant cause of global warming.[15]

In January 2014, he, along with 98 others, voted for the Dominic Raab amendment to the Immigration Bill, which aimed to prevent foreign criminals using European Human Rights Law in deportation cases.[16][17]

He was a critic of former Labour Party leader Ed Miliband, who he accused of running an "unforgivably unprofessional" campaign in May 2014[18] and referred to as "not an asset on the doorsteps" when campaigning in October 2014.[19]

Stringer has established a reputation as a prominent Eurosceptic in the Labour Party who favoured a referendum on the EU.[18] He called for Britain to leave the EU in the 2016 Referendum, describing the EU as a barrier to a progressive government.[20] On 17 July 2018, a vote was held on whether the United Kingdom should remain in the customs union in the event of a no deal Brexit. Frank Field, Kate Hoey, John Mann and Stringer were the only Labour MPs to oppose the amendment, which was voted down by 307 votes to 301.[21]

He is a member of Labour Friends of Israel.[22]

On 21 October 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Stringer was the only Labour MP to vote against implementing stricter lockdown in the North West of England, an area which includes his own constituency in Greater Manchester.[23][better source needed]

Personal life

In 1999, he married Kathryn Carr; they have three children.[2][1]


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  4. "Seven MPs in Labour contest call". BBC News. 13 September 2008. Archived from the original on 14 January 2009. Retrieved 9 May 2010.
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  9. Ian Johnston, "Nigel Lawson's climate-change denial charity 'intimidated' environmental expert", The Independent, 11 May 2014
  10. Frederick F. Wherry; Juliet B. Schor, Consulting Editor (8 December 2015). The SAGE Encyclopedia of Economics and Society. SAGE Publications. p. 1020. ISBN 978-1-5063-4617-5. Archived from the original on 24 February 2017. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  11. Evidence Archived 7 July 2017 at the Wayback Machine, questions 95 to 107
  12. Report and Minutes Archived 7 July 2017 at the Wayback Machine, p. 52
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  19. Grice, Andrew (13 October 2014). "Ed Miliband slammed by own MPs as Labour leader told he is 'not an asset on the doorstep' for his party". Independent. Archived from the original on 13 April 2015. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  20. Stringer, Graham (16 June 2016). "If you want a genuine leftwing government, you need to vote Leave". New Statesman. Archived from the original on 8 August 2016. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
  21. Crerar, Pippa (17 July 2018). "May sees off rebellion on customs union as amendment is defeated". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 24 July 2018. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
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