|Minister of State for Public Health|
10 June 2009 - 11 May 2010
|Sec. of State||Andy Burnham|
|Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs|
6 October 2008 - 10 June 2009
|Sec. of State||David Miliband|
|Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development|
25 January 2008 - 6 October 2008
|Sec. of State||Douglas Alexander|
|Minister for the East Midlands|
28 June 2007 - 25 January 2008
|Parliamentary Secretary to the Cabinet Office|
28 June 2007 - 24 January 2008
|Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport|
8 May 2006 - 27 June 2007
|Sec. of State||Douglas Alexander|
|Lord Commissioner of the Treasury|
17 December 2004 - 8 May 2006
|Assistant Government Whip|
28 October 2002 - 17 December 2004
|Chief Whip||Hilary Armstrong|
|Member of Parliament |
1 May 1997 - 12 April 2010
|Born||12 April 1959|
|Alma mater||Lancaster University|
Gillian Joanna Merron (born 12 April 1959) is the Chief Executive of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, and has served in the post since July 2014. A former British Labour Party Member of Parliament (MP) for Lincoln from 1997 to 2010, when she lost her seat. From 2009 to 2010 she was Minister of State with responsibility for Public Health at the Department of Health.
Merron was born in Ilford, Essex to a Jewish family, and was educated at Wanstead High School in Wanstead in east London. She attended Lancaster University Management School, gaining a BSc (Hons) in Management Sciences. She worked in local government and as a NUPE (later UNISON) union official.
Merron joined the Labour Party in 1984. Before becoming an MP, Merron was the vice-chair for the regional Labour Party executive. She co-ordinated the shadow cabinet central region campaign in the 1992 general election and the 1994 European Parliamentary Election.
Merron was made a prospective parliamentary candidate (PPC) through an all-women shortlist, and was elected to the House of Commons in May 1997 with a majority of 11,130. From 1997 until 2007, when Quentin Davies defected to the Labour Party, she was Lincolnshire's only Labour MP - and the first since Margaret Beckett had the seat in 1979. In the 2005 general election, her majority was 4,613. She lost her seat to the Conservative candidate Karl McCartney in the 2010 general election.
From October 2002 until May 2006, she was a government whip and Lord Commissioner of the Treasury. She then moved to the Department for Transport, where she worked until the reshuffle on 29 June 2007, when she became a minister at the Cabinet Office and the first ever minister of the East Midlands.
Following Peter Hain's resignation on 24 January 2008, Merron was reshuffled again, becoming a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Department for International Development, leaving both of her previous roles. Following Gordon Brown's next reshuffle on 5 October 2008, Merron was moved to the Foreign Office in the same post, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State. A promotion to Minister of State soon followed, with Merron moving to the Department of Health to take on responsibility for Public Health.
Merron followed the party whip in votes on equal gay rights, the hunting ban, foundation hospitals, a ban on smoking in public places, the Iraq war, preventative laws to stop climate change, and The Digital Economy Bill.
She held the following positions:
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On 19 June 2009, MP's expenses were revealed (heavily edited) on the Internet. Merron received criticism for purchasing a television, television stand, home theatre kit, and numerous other goods. She wrote on her website: "The majority of claims I make directly pay for professional staff, office costs, communication with constituents, and travel. I do not have a second job, do not employ any family members or friends, nor have I taken the annual increase in ministerial salary."
In May 2014, it was announced that Merron would become Chief Executive of the Board of Deputies of British Jews the following July. Since February 2013, she has served as a Vice-President of the Jewish Leadership Council and served as external affairs officer on the board of Liberal Judaism from July 2012 to May 2014.
[Gillian Merron] is now a strategic advisor to the transport industry and will be bringing new strategic direction to Bus Users UK.,
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
| Member of Parliament for Lincoln
| Parliamentary Secretary of the Cabinet Office
|New office|| Minister for the East Midlands
| Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development
24 January 2008 - 5 October 2008
| Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
5 October 2008 - 8 June 2009
| Minister of State for Public Health
8 June 2009 - 12 April 2010