Vernon Coaker

Vernon Rodney Coaker, Baron Coaker (born 17 June 1953) is a British Labour politician who served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Gedling from 1997 to 2019. He also served as Minister of State for Policing, Crime and Security from 2008 to 2009, then Minister of State for Schools from 2009 to 2010, Shadow Secretary of State for Defence from 2013 to 2015 and Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland from October 2011 to October 2013, and again from September 2015 until his resignation in June 2016 from the Shadow Cabinet. He lost his seat at the 2019 general election.


The Lord Coaker
Official portrait, 2017
Minister of State for Schools and Learners
In office
8 June 2009  11 May 2010
Prime MinisterGordon Brown
Sec. of StateEd Balls
Preceded byJim Knight
Succeeded byNick Gibb
Minister of State for Policing, Crime and Security
In office
3 October 2008  8 June 2009
Prime MinisterGordon Brown
Sec. of StateJacqui Smith
Preceded byTony McNulty
Succeeded byDavid Hanson
Lord Commissioner of the Treasury
In office
10 May 2005  5 May 2006
Prime MinisterTony Blair
ChancellorGordon Brown
Preceded byJim Murphy
Succeeded byAlan Campbell
Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
In office
13 September 2015  26 June 2016
LeaderJeremy Corbyn
ShadowingTheresa Villiers
Preceded byIvan Lewis
Succeeded byDave Anderson
In office
7 October 2011  7 October 2013
LeaderEd Miliband
ShadowingOwen Paterson
Theresa Villiers
Preceded byShaun Woodward
Succeeded byIvan Lewis
Shadow Secretary of State for Defence
In office
7 October 2013  13 September 2015
LeaderEd Miliband
Harriet Harman (Acting)
ShadowingPhilip Hammond
Michael Fallon
Preceded byJim Murphy
Succeeded byMaria Eagle
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
22 March 2021
Life peerage
Member of Parliament
for Gedling
In office
1 May 1997  6 November 2019
Preceded byAndrew Mitchell
Succeeded byTom Randall
Personal details
Born
Vernon Rodney Coaker

(1953-06-17) 17 June 1953 (age 68)
London, England
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)Jacqueline Heaton
Children1 daughter
1 son
Alma materUniversity of Warwick
Nottingham Trent University
Awards Life peer
WebsiteOfficial website

In December 2020, it was announced he would be conferred a life peerage after a nomination by Labour Party Leader Keir Starmer.[1]