Jim Fitzpatrick (politician)

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James ("Jim") Fitzpatrick (born April 4, 1952) is a British politician. He is the Labour Member of Parliament for Poplar and Canning Town and is a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Trade and Industry.


[edit] Early life and entry into politics

Jim Fitzpatrick was born in Glasgow, Scotland and was educated locally at the Holyrood Secondary School in Crosshill. From 1970 he was a trainee with Tytrak in Glasgow, before moving to London in 1973 to become a driver with Mintex. In 1974 he became a firefighter with the London Fire Brigade, being awarded the long service medal in 1994, he left the brigade on his election to Westminster. He was elected as the chair of the Barking Constituency Labour Party for a year in 1989, and was chairman of the Greater London Labour Party for nine years from 1991.

[edit] Parliament

He was elected to the House of Commons for the newly created seat of Poplar and Canning Town in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets at the 1997 General Election with a majority of 18,915 and has remained the MP there since. He made his maiden speech on June 17, 1997.

In parliament he was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Chief Secretary to the Treasury Alan Milburn in 1999, remaining Milburn's PPS when he became the Secretary of State for Health later in the same year. After the 2001 General Election he became a member of the Tony Blair government as an Assistant Government Whip, becoming a Lord Commissioner to the Treasury (Government Whip) in 2002. He was again promoted within the Whips Office in 2003 when he became the Vice-Chamberlain of the Household. He has been a junior minister at the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister since the 2005 General Election with the role of Minister for London, a role he took with him on his subsequent move to the DTI in May 2006.

[edit] Personal life

He married Jane Lowe in 1980 and they have a son and a daughter; they have since divorced. He follows the fortunes of West Ham United F.C., and is a supporter of the Mayor of London Ken Livingstone. He was once a member of the Socialist Workers Party.

His constituency contains the tallest skyscraper in Britain, the One Canada Square building known as the Canary Wharf Tower and the London City Airport.

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by:
(New constituency)
Member of Parliament for Poplar and Canning Town
1997 – present
Political offices
Preceded by:
Gerry Sutcliffe
Vice-Chamberlain of the Household
Succeeded by:
John Heppell

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