Jim McMahon in 2017
|Shadow Secretary of State for Transport|
6 April 2020
|Shadow Minister of State for Local Government|
10 October 2016 - 6 April 2020
|Member of Parliament|
for Oldham West and Royton
3 December 2015
|Leader of Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council|
5 May 2011 - 16 January 2016
|Born||7 July 1980|
Miles Platting, Manchester, England
|Political party||Labour Co-op|
James Ignatius O'Rourke McMahon (born 7 July 1980) is a British Labour Co-op politician serving as Shadow Secretary of State for Transport in the Shadow Cabinet of Keir Starmer since 2020. He has been the Member of Parliament for Oldham West and Royton since a by-election in December 2015. He has been a councillor since 2003 and served as leader of Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council. McMahon also sits on the National Executive Committee on behalf of the shadow frontbench.
McMahon was born in Miles Platting, Manchester, to William McMahon, a lorry driver and Alicia O'Rourke (Breffni). The family moved from Cheetham Hill when he was a child to Middleton, where he attended secondary school. He left school at the age of sixteen.
McMahon started work in 1997 as an apprentice technician at Manchester University rising to become a senior technician before leaving the profession in 2004. He then joined local government service as a regeneration officer and latterly as a town centre manager.
McMahon was first elected to Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council in November 2003 as a Labour councillor for Failsworth East ward. He held various posts on Oldham Council before becoming the council's Labour group leader in 2008 after the Liberal Democrats won control of the authority. At the 2011 local elections, Labour re-gained control of the council and McMahon became its leader. As council leader McMahon sat as one of the 11 members of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority with responsibility for transport.
McMahon was the inaugural chairman of the Co-operative Council Innovation Network and served as the Labour leader of the Local Government Association. McMahon was named the 6th most influential person in local government by The Local Government Chronicle ahead of senior government ministers.
In the 2015 Labour leadership election, McMahon was reported to have supported Liz Kendall's leadership bid. Kendall finished in last place out of the four candidates (Corbyn, Burnham, Cooper & Kendall) receiving less than 5% of the vote.
In 2016, McMahon stood down as council leader and was replaced by his Deputy, Jean Stretton.
At the by-election held on 3 December 2015, McMahon was elected Member of Parliament for Oldham West and Royton, with 62% of the vote - an increase of seven percentage points since the 2015 general election. At the by-election McMahon represented just the Labour Party rather than his later Labour and Co-operative Party affiliation.
He served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party until being appointed to serve as Shadow Minister for Local Government and Devolution. He supported Owen Smith in the failed attempt to replace Jeremy Corbyn in the 2016 Labour Party leadership election.
On being selected to present a Private Members Bill, McMahon moved the Representation of the People (Young People's Enfranchisement and Education) Bill 2017-19, which sought to extend the franchise across the United Kingdom to eligible voters aged 16 and 17. The Bill included measures to introduce citizenship and the constitution education in schools.
The Bill was supported by MPs from all political parties represented in the House of Commons, with the exception of the DUP, with its supporters including Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn, Deputy Leader Tom Watson, Conservative Party MP Peter Bottomley, Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Jo Swinson, and Green Party MP Caroline Lucas.
In February 2014 McMahon was named "Council Leader of the Year" during the Councillor Achievement Awards hosted by the Local Government Information Unit. He was credited with leading improvements in Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council having redesignated it as a Co-operative Council. Also in 2014, University Centre Oldham conferred upon him Honorary Fellowship, as well as being elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).
McMahon was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2015 Birthday Honours for "services to the community in Oldham", and was invested by Charles, Prince of Wales on 18 December 2015.