|John Mann MP|
|Member of Parliament
7 June 2001
|Preceded by||Joseph Ashton|
10 January 1960 |
Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
|Children||2 Daughters and 1 Son|
|Alma mater||University of Manchester|
|Occupation||Member of Parliament|
Mann is the son of James (Jim) and Brenda Mann. He attended Waterloo Infants school, Pudsey, West Yorkshire (now a suburb of Leeds) from 1965-67. He then attended Pudsey Waterloo Junior school from 1967-71. He went to the independent Bradford Grammar School (via a scholarship). Mann has a degree in Economics from Manchester University and Diploma in Training Management. Active in the Labour Party from his youth (Pudsey South Labour Party), his activities have taken him from residence in London (he was a councillor in the London Borough of Lambeth), to Lewes in East Sussex, Baldock in Hertfordshire and Worksop in Bassetlaw. He was chair of the National Organisation of Labour Students from 1983-4.
Before entering Parliament he previously worked for the Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union as Head of Research and Education and as the National Training Officer at the TUC National Education Centre in North London (now closed). Mann has also been a party employee and a trade union liaison officer. He was an ally of disgraced former Labour MP Phil Woolas. Mann is a member of Unite and GMB, YHA, the British Mountaineering Council, IPD and the Co-operative Party.
He married Joanna White in July 1986 in Leeds. They have two daughters and a son in their mid-teens and early 20s. He supports Leeds United.
John Mann is a proactive campaigner in his constituency Bassetlaw and an advocate of using such strategies elsewhere. He has organised numerous campaigns in his constituency, examples of which include campaigning to save Bassetlaw Hospital Accident and Emergency Department, helping former coal miners fight double charging solicitors to get their compensation back, and fighting Bassetlaw District Council's policy of 'topple testing' headstones in local cemeteries. Mann keeps a weekly column in the Worksop Guardian and - along with other local figures - writes occasional pieces for the Retford Times.
John Mann chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group against Antisemitism. The Group commissioned the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Antisemitism in 2005. The inquiry panel, chaired by former Europe Minister Denis MacShane, gathered written and oral evidence on antisemitism in Britain and published a report of their findings on 7 September 2006. The panel's recommendations included improved reporting and recording of antisemitic attacks; a crackdown on anti-Jewish activity on university campuses; and improved international co-operation to prevent the spread of racist material online. In May 2009 John Mann received the American Jewish Committee's Jan Karski Award in recognition of his commitment to fighting antisemitism in all of its forms.
John Mann has been on the Treasury Select Committee twice, 2003–2005, and 2009–present, during which he has raised issues around debt, financial misselling (with particular reference to Credit Cards) and claims handlers. Some commentators have noted Mann's reputation for asking brusque questions, particularly of senior bank executives  and George Osborne.
Mann is a trained economist having received a BA in economics at Manchester University.
A critic of Prime Minister Gordon Brown, John Mann was the first Labour MP to call for Gordon Brown to resign after the 2010 General Election. He previously wrote an open letter to the Prime Minister demanding a number of changes to the Labour party structures.
One of Mann's earliest campaigns in his constituency was his inquiry against heroin use in the area. In September 2002, Mann called for more treatment for heroin users in North Nottinghamshire. The inquiry he instigated called for heroin addicts to be given the choice between treatment or jail. At the same time more local GPs were trained to help heroin addicts get their lives back under control. Following the reforms the number of addicts in treatment in Bassetlaw rose from 2 to 400, and acquisitive crime fell by 75%.
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Bassetlaw
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