Jon Trickett is the Labour candidate for Hemsworth Constituency, having been the Member of Parliament since 1996, representing former mining communities in the heart of Yorkshire.
Prior to being elected to Parliament, Jon had been a councillor for Beeston ward in South Leeds, elected to the council in the middle of the miners’ strike in 1984, and became Leader of the Leeds Council in 1989.
Jon was Leader of the Council during the years when Mrs Thatcher’s premiership was at its most powerful. The Council resisted the impact of many of Mrs Thatcher’s policies in an effort to protect communities. The City Council stood for economic growth and strong communities and in spite of the government’s efforts, created thousands of new jobs within Leeds whilst equally avoiding the necessity to introduce compulsory redundancies.
Under Jon’s leadership the City of Leeds pioneered new forms of social partnership and innovative ways of providing public services.
Entering Parliament in a by-election in 1996, Jon saw the final months of the decaying Tory Government. In 1997 Jon joined the Labour Government briefly as PPS to Peter Mandelson and was witness to many of the early actions of the Labour Government.
Jon spent most of the rest of the years of Tony Blair’s premiership on the back benches where he spoke out on a range of progressive issues. A Labour loyalist but with a strong independent voice, Jon did not hesitate to criticise actions which he felt were damaging to the interests of his constituents and working people.
Jon was particularly concerned about the marketisation of public services, the introduction of tuition fees, and the war in Iraq. After the 2005 election, Jon produced an analysis of the election results which indicated that unless the Labour Government reoriented its policies, then there was a real danger that the subsequent election would be a very difficult one for Labour.
Jon chaired the Compass group of MPs and was the chair of the campaign to elect Jon Cruddas as Deputy Leader of the Labour Party.
In 2008, Jon re-entered the Labour Government as PPS to the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown and served in No 10 Downing Street until the 2010 election.
After the election of Ed Miliband as Leader of the Labour Party Jon became a full member of the Shadow Cabinet and is currently Deputy Chair of the Labour Party and Shadow Minister without Portfolio where his overriding preoccupation is the construction of a mass party of working people.
Under the new leadership of Jeremy Corbyn, in 2015 Jon was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and Shadow Minister for the Constitutional Convention. In the reshuffle in the summer of 2016 he was made Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Chair of Campaign and Election Strategy.