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Ian Lavery Wife
Is Ian Lavery married? Ian Lavery is married to his wife Hilary Baird, they had their wedding in 1986. He married his wife when he was aged 23, at the Holy Sepulchre Church in Ashington (known locally as the Miners’ Church). Ian and his wife Hilary have two sons, Ian Junior, born in 1988 and Liam, born in 1993. Liam is a town councilor for the college ward of Ashington and has been an activist in the Labour Party since his early teens. As of April 2023, Ian Lavery and his wife Hilary Baird are still married.
Ian Lavery is a British Labour Party politician who has served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Wansbeck since 2010. He served as the Chair of the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn from 2017 to 2020 and was President of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) from 2002 to 2010. He is a member of the Socialist Campaign Group parliamentary caucus.
Ian Lavery was born on January 6, 1963 (age 60 years) in Newcastle upon Tyne to parents John Robert Lavery and his wife, Patricia. After leaving East School, Lavery began a Youth Training Scheme before working in the construction industry. Following a recruitment campaign by the National Coal Board, he started to work at the Lynemouth Colliery in January 1980. In July 1980, Lavery started a mining craft apprenticeship, transferring to Ellington Colliery in 1981 and attending New College Durham, receiving a Higher National Certificate in mining engineering.
Lavery was elected in 1986 to the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) committee at Ellington Colliery as compensation secretary. Later, he was voted on to the Northumberland Executive Committee, and then on to the North East Area Executive Committee. He has said that because of his union activity, he was barred by management from completing his Higher National Diploma qualification.
He became more active in the Labour Party and the trade union movement. After serving as the first cabinet chair of the Wansbeck District Council, Lavery was appointed general secretary of the Northumberland area through the NUM. In 1992, Lavery stood for the national executive committee of the NUM. In the subsequent ballot, he was elected in the first round having gained more than 50% of the vote. When Arthur Scargill stood down as NUM president in August 2002, Lavery was elected unopposed to replace him.
Ian Lavery became the prospective parliamentary candidate for the Labour Party for Wansbeck in February 2010. He was elected Member of Parliament (MP) on 6 May 2010 with a majority of 7,031. He was appointed as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Labour’s then deputy leader Harriet Harman but resigned in 2012 after breaking the party whip by leveling an amendment to exempt prison staff and psychiatric workers from a general public sector increase in the pension age to 68.
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Lavery said in December 2012 that miners with criminal charges related to the Battle of Orgreave should have them struck. In the same month, he said in Parliament that he had been given a copy of a suicide note written by a constituent who had died by suicide after being told he was no longer eligible for state support. In March 2014, Lavery posed with one of his sons who had blackened his face to look like Michael Jackson. According to the Daily Mail, some of Lavery’s constituents said they found it offensive.
On 8 May 2015, Lavery was re-elected as the MP for Wansbeck with a majority of 10,881. After Ed Miliband resigned as leader of the Labour Party, Lavery was considered a potential candidate from the left wing of the party to run for leadership. He declined and supported Andy Burnham in the subsequent leadership election which was won by Jeremy Corbyn. In September 2015, Corbyn appointed him shadow minister for trade unions and civil society. When Corbyn was challenged by Owen Smith in the 2016 Labour Party leadership election, Lavery supported Corbyn.
In 2016, it was reported that Lavery had received £165,387 from the NUM, the union he had run. A union fund provided him with a loan of £72,500 to buy a house in 1994, which was written off in 2003 when Lavery was NUM president. He kept £18,000 returned by an endowment fund he had paid into to repay the cost of the house and received £89,887.83 in termination payments from the union. He paid back £15,000 of the redundancy payment. Allegations of impropriety were examined by the Trades Union Certification Officer, who in 2017 found that there were no documents detailing the process or decision about Lavery’s redundancy, so no investigation followed.
Ian Lavery was appointed as Labour’s national campaign coordinator, serving jointly with Andrew Gwynne in February 2017. In June 2017, Lavery was appointed to the role of chair of the Labour Party. In July 2017, he was criticized for saying that Labour was “too broad a church”. In December 2018, Lavery raised in parliament the high insurance premiums of his constituents living near the River Wansbeck in the wake of the 2015–16 Great Britain and Ireland floods.
Lavery opposed Jeremy Corbyn’s move to support a second referendum on Brexit, reportedly saying that if Labour supported a second referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union, the party would lose the next general election. On 12 December 2019, Lavery held out against a swing to the Conservatives in the North East and was re-elected as the MP for Wansbeck with 17,124 votes and a reduced majority of 814 (2.0%) over Jack Gebhard of the Conservative Party.
In January 2021, Lavery was criticized after he questioned why anyone would have faith in the COVID-19 vaccine and expressed concern about the time it took to approve the vaccine. In a statement, Lavery claimed that his words had been taken out of context. The Wansbeck Constituency will cease to exist in the coming district redraw, which has its final draft due by July 2023.
On 24 February 2022, following the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, Ian Lavery was one of 11 Labour MPs threatened with losing the party whip after they signed a statement by the Stop the War Coalition which questioned the legitimacy of NATO and accused the military alliance of “eastward expansion”. All 11 MPs subsequently removed their signatures.
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Lavery is a trustee of CISWO in the North East area, Northumberland Aged Mineworkers’ Homes Association, Woodhorn Colliery Museum and Buzz Learning Disability; he is a patron of Headway for South East Northumberland and Wansbeck Disability Forum. He is also chair and trustee of Pitmen Painters, which reached international acclaim following the release of the West End play of the same name, and which follows a story about the formation of the Northumberland-based organization.
Ian Lavery net worth
What is Ian Lavery net worth? Ian Lavery’s net worth is estimated at around $5 million according to the Apumone.com database. His main source of income is from his primary work as a politician. Ian Lavery’s average salary per month and other career earnings are over $400,000 dollars annually. His remarkable achievements have earned him some luxurious lifestyles and some fancy car trips. He stands at an appealing height of 1.75m and has a good body weight which suits his personality.
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