Ian Cawsey

Ian Arthur Cawsey (born 14 April 1960) is a British Labour Party politician who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Brigg and Goole from 1997 until his defeat at the 2010 general election.

Ian Cawsey
Member of Parliament
for Brigg and Goole
In office
1 May 1997  12 April 2010
Preceded byConstituency Created
Succeeded byAndrew Percy
Personal details
Born (1960-04-14) 14 April 1960 (age 61)
Grimsby, Lincolnshire, England
Political partyLabour

Early life and career

He went to Welholme Primary School on Heneage Road, then Wintringham School on Weelsby Avenue in Grimsby.[citation needed] He stood for Great Grimsby Borough Council unsuccessfully in Wellow ward in 1983, Gilbey ward in 1984 (losing by just 27 votes) and Wintringham ward in 1987. He was later elected a county councillor for the Ashby division in Scunthorpe on the former Humberside County Council from 1989 until its abolition in 1996.[citation needed] He stood in the 1992 election for the seat of Brigg & Cleethorpes and came second.[citation needed] From 1996 to 1997, he was leader of North Lincolnshire Council and was the Chair of the Humberside Police Authority from 1993 to 1997.[citation needed] From 1977 until 1987 he worked in computing for Imperial Foods (now known as Young's Bluecrest) in Grimsby and Seven Seas Health Care (owned by Merck KGaA) on Hedon Road in Hull.[citation needed] He married Linda Mary Kirman in July 1987.[citation needed] They have two daughters Hannah, born January 1988 and Lydia, March 1997 also a son, Jacob born May 1993 and reside in Winterton.[citation needed]

Parliamentary career

He was first elected at the 1997 election, and was seen as a strong supporter of Tony Blair and New Labour.

He served on the Home Affairs Select Committee, the Universities, Innovation, Science & Skills Select Committee and the Science & Technology Select Committee.

He chaired the Associate Parliamentary group for Animal Welfare and was twice voted by MPs and Peers of all parties as the Dods Charity Champion for Animal Welfare.

He served as Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Lord Williams of Mostyn from 2001 to 2002. He then became PPS to David Miliband at the Department for Education and Skills and then the Cabinet Office. After the 2005 general election he was made a Government whip.

On taking office Gordon Brown appointed Cawsey to be a Vice-Chair of the Labour Party with responsibility for animal welfare.

Personal life

He is a musician and has performed in local bands such as Mandrake, Sneaky Feet, Brix & Chinese Whispers and he sings and plays bass guitar in the rock group MP4, which is composed of four MPs, Cawsey, Peter Wishart MP, Greg Knight MP and Kevin Brennan MP.

He played from 1990 to 1997 in a well known local 60s covers band, The Moggies, the band reformed in 2011 and have established a popular local following once more.[citation needed]

In late 1997 he had cancer which he has now overcome.[1]

He qualified as a football referee in 2010 and officiates most weekends.[citation needed]

Since leaving parliament he has worked for the World Society for the Protection of Animals, firstly on their successful UK campaign to stop a large mega-dairy being built in Nocton, Lincolnshire, he was briefly their Chief of Staff running the Office of the Chief Executive before being promoted to be their Director of Policy & External Affairs in 2012.[citation needed]

He is a Winterton Town Councillor and an after dinner speaker.[citation needed]

He was many people's favourite to beat John Prescott to be Labour's candidate in the Police & Crime Commissioner Election in 2012 but withdrew from the race to take up his new position with the World Society for the Protection of Animals.[citation needed]

He is the Secretary of the Jerry Green Dog Rescue Trust and a member of the Winterton & District Lions (President 2011–2013).[citation needed]


  1. "Ian Cawsey". BBC News. BBC. 21 October 2002. Archived from the original on 14 March 2004. Retrieved 14 January 2017.