Sir Ian McCartney is a former British politician who was the Labour Party’s Member of Parliament for Makerfield between 1987 until 2010.
Born in Lennoxtown, Scotland, he left school aged 15 “under a bit of a cloud” without any qualifications or school prizes, but his socialist values were already on show as he led a paper-boys’ strike at the age of fifteen.
Ian had a number of jobs after leaving school, including a seaman, a local government manual worker, and a kitchen worker, getting onto the political career ladder in 1982 when he became a councillor for the Abram ward in Wigan.
Elected following the 1987 General Election, Ian held various positions in the Labour Opposition including acting as the spokesman and politics speaker for Health, Employment, Education and Social Services.
Ten years later, when Labour annihilated the Conservatives at the polls, Ian was made Minister for State for the Department of Trade and Industry. In this role, he introduced a number of ground-breaking employment rights legislations including paid holidays, whistleblowing protection and the National Minimum Wage.
As a former low-paid worker who had been sacked upon asking for a pound pay rise after having a child, he later described the minimum wage as very important to him, saying that he would have “died in the ditch” for it.
Ian held a number of other Cabinet positions including Minister of State for Pensions, Minister without Portfolio, Labour Party Chair and Minister of State for Trade before announcing his decision not to stand at the 2010 general election due to poor health.
Since his retirement Ian has worked as a political speaker at a variety of events as well as frequently giving newspaper interviews and appearing on political TV shows.
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