Ian Austin (politician)

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Ian Austin (politician)

British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament for Dudley North since 2005 add

Category: Politics

Born in 1965.

Countries: United Kingdom (60%), United States (13%), (13%)

Main connections: Gordon Brown, The Holocaust, Department for Communities and Local Government

Linked to: Labour Party, Department for Communities and Local Government, Conservative Party, Scottish Labour Party

 

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Ian Austin was born in 1965 add something

 

"'Ian Christopher Austin"' is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament for Dudley North since 2005 add something


1975

He is one of four children adopted by Fred Austin , who was head teacher of The Dudley School from 1975 to 1985, and Margaret Austin add something


1977

Austin was brought up in Dudley and attended The Dudley School from 1977 to 1983, before studying at the University of Essex at Colchester from 1983 to 1986 add something


1991

Austin was elected as a councillor in the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley in 1991, and served until 1995 add something


1998

He moved to become press officer for the West Midlands Labour Party until 1998, when he spent a year as Deputy Director of Communications for the Scottish Labour Party add something


1999

In 1999 he was appointed a political advisor to the Chancellor of the Exchequer , Gordon Brown add something


2005

Austin was selected as the Labour candidate for Dudley North following the retirement of Ross Cranston, and was elected at the 2005 general election with a majority of 5,432 add something

 

He held the position until his election in 2005, and was well known as one of Gordon Brown's closest lieutenants add something


2006

Austin was reprimanded by the Speaker of the House of Commons for heckling during Prime Minister's Questions on 18 October 2006, and he was subsequently described by David Cameron as one of Gordon Brown's "boot boys" add something


2007

Following Gordon Brown becoming prime minister on 27 June 2007, Austin was tipped for a post in Brown's inner circle add something


2008

He was moved to a new position in the 2008 reshuffle, becoming an Assistant Whip for the Government add something


2009

He was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government from 2009 to 2010 add something

 

In the June 2009 reshuflle he entered Government as a minister for the first time, becoming Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government and Minister for the West Midlands add something


2010

Austin nominated Ed Balls, who came third, for the Labour leadership election of 2010 add something

 

He narrowly gained re-election at the general election on 6 May 2010, ahead of Conservative Party candidate Graeme Brown add something


2012

On the 1st of June 2012, he apologised after claiming that a Palestinian human rights group had denied The Holocaust happened add something

 

On 1 June 2012, he apologised after claiming that a Palestinian human rights group had denied The Holocaust happened add something


2015

In the 2015 Parliament, Austin joined the education select committee, and was appointed as chair of the Labour Party's education committee add something


2016

In July 2016, Austin was reprimanded by the Speaker of the House of Commons for heckling the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn by shouting "sit down and shut up" and "you're a disgrace", as Corbyn criticised the 2003 invasion of Iraq in his response to the publication of the Chilcot Inquiry add something


2018

In July 2018 Austin was put under investigation for allegedly using abusive language towards the chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party, Ian Lavery add something


2019

Austin was one of only three Labour MPs to vote for Theresa May's Brexit deal in the 15 January 2019 Meaningful vote add something

 

Formerly a member of the Labour Party, he resigned from the party on 22 February 2019 to sit as an independent add something

 

In July 2019, the Theresa May led Conservative government appointed him trade envoy to Israel add something