Jon Trickett

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Jon Trickett

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Trickett in 2017
Shadow Lord President of the Council
In office
27 June 2016 – 5 April 2020
LeaderJeremy Corbyn
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byOffice abolished
Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office
In office
9 February 2017 – 5 April 2020
LeaderJeremy Corbyn
Preceded byIan Lavery
Succeeded byRachel Reeves
In office
7 October 2011 – 7 October 2013
LeaderEd Miliband
Preceded byTessa Jowell
Succeeded byMichael Dugher
Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills
In office
5 July 2016 – 6 October 2016
LeaderJeremy Corbyn
Preceded byAngela Eagle
Succeeded byClive Lewis (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
In office
14 September 2015 – 27 June 2016
LeaderJeremy Corbyn
Preceded byEmma Reynolds
Succeeded byGrahame Morris
Labour Party National Campaign Coordinator
In office
14 September 2015 – 10 February 2017
LeaderJeremy Corbyn
Preceded byDouglas Alexander
Succeeded byIan Lavery &
Andrew Gwynne
Shadow Minister without Portfolio
In office
7 October 2013 – 14 September 2015
LeaderEd Miliband
Harriet Harman (Acting)
Preceded byMichael Dugher
Succeeded byJon Ashworth
Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Prime Minister
In office
4 October 2008 – 11 May 2010
Prime MinisterGordon Brown
Preceded byIan Austin
Succeeded byDesmond Swayne
Member of Parliament
for Hemsworth
Assumed office
1 February 1996
Preceded byDerek Enright
Majority1,180 (2.7%)
Leader of Leeds City Council
In office
Preceded byGeorge Mudie
Succeeded byBrian Walker
Leeds City Councillor
for Beeston Ward
In office
28 September 1984 – 1996
Preceded byMichael McGowan
Succeeded byAngela Gabriel
Personal details
Jon Hedley Trickett

(1950-07-02) 2 July 1950 (age 70)
Leeds, England
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)Sarah Balfour
EducationRoundhay School
Alma materUniversity of Hull
University of Leeds
WebsiteOfficial website

Jon Hedley Trickett (born 2 July 1950) is a British Labour politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Hemsworth in West Yorkshire since a 1996 by-election. He was Shadow Lord President of the Council from 2016 to 2020 and served as Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office from 2011 to 2013 and 2017 to 2020. He was the Labour Party National Campaign Coordinator under Jeremy Corbyn from 2015 to 2017.

Trickett served as the Parliamentary Private Secretary to Prime Minister Gordon Brown from 2008 to 2010 and was promoted to the Shadow Cabinet by Ed Miliband in 2011 as Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office.

Trickett was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government under new Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn in September 2015, before serving as Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills from July to October 2016. He was later appointed Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office by Corbyn in February 2017, alongside his portfolio as Shadow Lord President of the Council.

He is a member of the Socialist Campaign Group, a parliamentary group of Labour MPs.

Education and early political career[edit]

Trickett studied at Roundhay Grammar School (now called Roundhay School) in Leeds. He received a BA in Politics from the University of Hull, and later an MA in Political Sociology from the University of Leeds.

Formed politically by the anti-Vietnam war movement, he joined the Labour Party in 1969 and was active on the Labour left in Leeds from the late 1960s. From 1974 to 1986 he worked as a builder and plumber.[1] During the campaigns relating to the Common Market referendum in 1975 he was the secretary of the Vote No campaign in Leeds.

During the 1970s Trickett was a member of the ILP (the successor body of the Independent Labour Party), contributed to its newspaper, the Labour Leader, and was elected for a number of years to its ruling body, the National Administrative Council. Trickett was also active in anti-fascist and anti-war movements, and was a delegate to the Leeds Trades Council. Later he was the election agent for Michael McGowan who became the MEP for Leeds in 1984.

Trickett was first elected to Leeds City Council for the Beeston ward in 1984 at the age of 34. He replaced George Mudie as Leader of the Council in 1989, holding the leadership until 1996 and his election to Parliament. Brian Walker replaced Trickett as Council Leader and resigned his council seat after the May local elections.

Parliamentary career[edit]

Labour government[edit]

Elected on 1 February 1996 in a by-election brought about by the death of the previous MP, Labour's Derek Enright, Trickett was made PPS to Peter Mandelson after Labour was elected to power and worked in the Cabinet office and subsequently the DTI. After leaving the government at the time of Mandelson's fall from grace, Trickett was chair of the Compass pressure group.

He played a significant role in rebelling against the Iraq War and participated in demonstrations against the War in London, Wakefield and Leeds. He rebelled on a number of occasions against Tony Blair's reforms to public services. He led the demands for a recall of Parliament at the time of the Israeli attacks on the Lebanon, and the campaign inside the Commons to amend the Companies Bill to secure public listed companies reporting on 'supply chain issues' in line with the suggestions of a range of non governmental organisations. He was also a leading figure in the campaign to prevent a decision to replace the Trident[2] nuclear weapons system in 2007. In addition, he was Jon Cruddas's campaign manager during the 2007 Labour Party deputy leadership election.

Trickett had previously voted against the Blair Government's 90-day detention proposals in the Terrorism Act 2006, which had been publicly advocated by the police, and was joined by both Labour and Conservative MPs in the vote, the only time Blair was defeated in the Commons. Trickett and Cruddas voted in favour of the subsequent 28-day detention proposal, and Trickett then resigned from his position in Compass after voting in favour of the legislation despite opposition to the Bill from some members of Compass.

Trickett was appointed by the trades unions as acting chair of the board of Tribune in 2007, but gave up this role when the paper was taken over by a private proprietor.

In June 2007 he was asked by Gordon Brown to chair the party's manifesto group on housing, a position which he declined to take up. Following the cabinet reshuffle of 3 October 2008, Trickett became the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown.[3]

In opposition[edit]

On 7 October 2011, Trickett was appointed to the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office by Labour Leader Ed Miliband.[4] He was re-elected to the House of Commons at the 2015 general election with a majority of 12,078.[4]

In 2016, a former British National Party candidate was convicted of making an anti-semitic verbal attack upon Trickett.[5][6]

Trickett was one of 36 Labour MPs to nominate Jeremy Corbyn as a candidate in the Labour leadership election of 2015.[7] On 27 June 2016 Trickett was appointed as Shadow Lord President of the Council and Campaigns and Elections Director.[8] Later that year, Trickett was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.[9][10]

In July 2016, Trickett apologised for comments on Twitter which appeared to liken an attempted coup in Turkey to attempts to oust Jeremy Corbyn. Trickett deleted the relevant tweet and apologised, saying: "Okay okay. Tweet deleted and withdrawn. Shouldn't tweet when feeling ill. I apologise sincerely".[11]

On 5 April 2020, following the election of Keir Starmer as Leader of the Labour Party, Trickett was asked to stand down from his frontbench roles.[12] He had backed Rebecca Long-Bailey for the party leadership.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Trickett married Sarah Balfour on 31 October 1993. They have three children.[14]


  1. ^ "A rough guide to Jon Trickett, the new shadow communities secretary". The Guardian. 16 September 2015.
  2. ^ Video on YouTube
  3. ^ "Blair advised Mandelson on return". BBC News. 5 October 2008. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Jon Trickett MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
  5. ^ Frances Perraudin (4 February 2016). "Constituent pleads guilty to antisemitic attack on Jon Trickett MP". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 June 2016.
  6. ^ Marcus Dysch (5 February 2016). "MP 'shocked and shaken' by antisemitic abuse". Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 21 June 2016.
  7. ^ Bright, Sam (15 June 2015). "Who nominated who for the 2015 Labour leadership election?". Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  8. ^ Ross Robertson (28 June 2016). "Easington MP appointed to Jeremy Corbyn's shadow cabinet". Sunderland Echo. Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  9. ^ Stewart, Heather; Mason, Rowena (5 July 2016). "Jeremy Corbyn's shadow cabinet agrees to Labour peace talks". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 July 2016.
  10. ^ "Why Ed Balls is wrong about what Jeremy Corbyn's Labour needs to do to win". New Statesman. Retrieved 2 July 2017.
  11. ^ "Turkey coup: Labour MP Jon Trickett apologises for joke about attempted power grab". The Independent. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  12. ^ Jon Trickett [@jon_trickett] (5 April 2020). "Keir has politely asked me to stand down from shadow cabinet. I wish him and the new team well. I reaffirm my commitment to the cause of working class emancipation and to the North. The struggle continues" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  13. ^ Carney, James (27 February 2020). "Jon Trickett announces support for Rebecca Long-Bailey in Labour leadership contest". Wakefield Express. Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  14. ^ Mollenkamp, Carrick; Higgins, Andrew (22 July 2005). "How a Teacher's Aide In Leeds Evolved Into Terrorist Bomber". The Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 11 January 2021.

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