John Gunnell

John Gunnell

William John Gunnell (1 October 1933 - 28 January 2008) was a Labour Party politician in the United Kingdom.

Early life

He was born in Birmingham, and educated at King Edward's School, Birmingham. He gained a BSc in General Studies in 1955, and a PGCE in 1958 from the University of Leeds. As a conscientious objector during National Service he was a hospital porter at St Bartholomew's Hospital, London. In the 1960s he was a highly esteemed chemistry teacher at the United Nations International School in New York City. From 1977 to 1988 he was a lecturer at the University of Leeds.

From 1977 to 1986 he was a councillor on West Yorkshire Metropolitan County Council, being the leader 1981-86. He was a councillor on Leeds City Council 1986-92.

Parliamentary career

At the 1992 election he was returned as Member of Parliament (MP) for Morley and Leeds South. That constituency was abolished at the 1997 election, and he was re-elected for the new Morley and Rothwell constituency. At the 2001 election he retired due to ill-health, and the seat was held for Labour by Colin Challen.

Personal life

He was married with three sons and one daughter.

John Gunnell died on 28 January 2008 in Wakefield aged 74, as reported in his obituary in The Independent

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