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Gardiner in 2020
|Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade|
14 July 2016 – 5 April 2020
|Preceded by||Position established|
|Succeeded by||Emily Thornberry|
|Shadow Minister for International Climate Change|
14 July 2016 – 5 April 2020
|Preceded by||Position established|
|Succeeded by||Matthew Pennycook|
|Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change|
27 June 2016 – 14 July 2016
|Preceded by||Lisa Nandy|
|Succeeded by||Clive Lewis (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)|
|Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change|
18 September 2015 – 27 June 2016
|Preceded by||Tom Greatrex|
|Succeeded by||Alan Whitehead|
|Shadow Minister for Natural Environment and Fisheries|
7 October 2013 – 18 September 2015
|Preceded by||Tom Harris|
|Succeeded by||Alex Cunningham|
|Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Biodiversity, Landscape and Rural Affairs|
5 May 2006 – 28 June 2007
|Prime Minister||Tony Blair|
|Preceded by||Jim Knight|
|Succeeded by||Jonathan Shaw|
|Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Delivery and Efficiency|
10 May 2005 – 5 May 2006
|Prime Minister||Tony Blair|
|Preceded by||Nigel Griffiths|
|Succeeded by||Position abolished|
|Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Northern Ireland|
2 April 2004 – 10 May 2005
|Prime Minister||Tony Blair|
|Preceded by||Jane Kennedy|
|Succeeded by||Jeff Rooker|
|Member of Parliament
for Brent North
1 May 1997
|Preceded by||Rhodes Boyson|
Barry Strachan Gardiner 
(1957-03-10) 10 March 1957
|Spouse(s)||Caroline Anne Smith|
|Alma mater||University of St Andrews
Corpus Christi College, Cambridge
Barry Strachan Gardiner (born 10 March 1957) is a British politician who has been Member of Parliament (MP) for Brent North since 1997. A member of the Labour Party, he served as Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade and Shadow Minister for International Climate Change from 2016 until 2020.
The son of an Olympic footballer, Gardiner was born and educated in Glasgow before being moved to boarding school in Hertfordshire. After studying at the University of St Andrews, Harvard University and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, he became involved in local government and was the youngest person to be elected mayor of Cambridge.
Gardiner was elected as MP for Brent North at the 1997 general election and served in Tony Blair's New Labour government from April 2004 to June 2007 as a junior minister in the Northern Ireland Office, Department of Trade and Industry and finally Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
After holding junior positions on the Opposition frontbench under Ed Miliband and Jeremy Corbyn, Gardiner served in Corbyn's Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary from June to July 2016. He then served as Shadow International Trade Secretary and Shadow Minister for International Climate Change until April 2020.
Early life and career
Barry Gardiner, the son of Olympic footballer John Gardiner, was born in Glasgow, Scotland. His mother trained as a surgeon and was the first woman to win the gold medal for surgery at the University of Glasgow. He was educated at the independent High School of Glasgow, Haileybury and Imperial Service College and the University of St Andrews where he received a Scottish Master of Arts. He then served for two years as full-time Scottish Regional Secretary of the Student Christian Movement. As a young man, he planned to become an Episcopal priest and began identifying politically with democratic and Christian socialism, identities he has maintained.
In 1983, Gardiner was awarded a Kennedy Memorial Trust scholarship to study Philosophy at Harvard University under John Rawls, returning to research at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge for three years from 1984. He was elected as a councillor to Cambridge City Council in 1988 becoming the mayor of the city in 1992, the youngest mayor in the city's 800-year history. He left the council in 1994. Before his election to parliament, he worked as a senior partner in shipping insurance and arbitration.
In government: 1997–2010
Gardiner contested the Greater London constituency of Brent North at the 1997 general election, defeating the incumbent Conservative MP Rhodes Boyson by 4,019 votes. Following his election, he moved from Cambridge to Hertfordshire. He made his maiden speech on 4 July 1997.
Gardiner served on the Procedure Committee, the Select Committee on Broadcasting, the Public Accounts Committee and the Joint Committee on Consolidation of Bills. He was Chair of the PLP Departmental Committee for Culture, Media and Sport and Vice-chair of the PLP Departmental Committee for the Treasury. He was the Chairman of the Labour Friends of India, and has lectured at the Academy of National Economy in Moscow. He is a former Vice-chair of Labour Friends of Israel and remains a member.
Gardiner became Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Minister of State at the Home Office Beverley Hughes in 2002. In 2004, he was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Northern Ireland Office, moving to the same position at the Department of Trade and Industry following the 2005 general election. He moved to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in a May 2006 reshuffle and left the Government in June 2007, to once again serve as a PPS, this time to the Business Secretary.
New Prime Minister Gordon Brown appointed Gardiner as his special representative on forestry in July 2007. He left this role "by mutual consent" on 13 September 2008 after joining other Labour MPs in declaring an MP should stand against Brown, accusing him of "vacillation, loss of international credibility and timorous political manoeuvres that the public cannot understand".
Gardiner's expenses in 2008–2009 were ranked 129 out of 647 MPs whilst his 2007–2008 expenses were ranked 369. He claimed for a second home, despite his constituency being near Westminster. After the 2010 general election, the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority published new expenses rules replacing funding for a second home with a London Allowance of £3,760 for MPs with seats within 20 miles of Westminster. Those who kept their seats and already owned a second home had profits "recouped". The Legg Report requested Gardiner repay £174.17 for mortgage interest overpaid in 2005–06 although he voluntarily repaid £15,404.07 by April 2009.
In opposition: 2010–present
Gardiner was re-elected at the 2010 general election with a majority of 8,028 votes. Upon his re-election, he was described by Andrew Roth in The Guardian as "One of the best educated and most internationally experienced MPs". He nominated David Miliband in the 2010 Labour Party leadership election.
Between 2011 and 2013, Gardiner served as Ed Miliband's Special Envoy for Environment and Climate Change. In June 2013, Gardiner and Conservative MP Tim Yeo jointly tabled an amendment to the Energy Bill which proposed establishing by 2014 a decarbonisation target for the UK's electricity generating sector, to be achieved by 2030. The amendment was narrowly defeated.
Gardiner was appointed as Shadow Minister for Natural Environment and Fisheries in July 2013. In this role, Gardiner criticised the lack of prosecutions of leading players ten months after David Cameron promised that everything possible would be done to deal with crime relating to the horse meat scandal. "The extraordinary thing is that because of its clout, industry has been able to commit what appears to be a criminal offence – selling the public horsemeat falsely labelled as beef – and just say they are sorry and didn't know". He gave his support in 2014 to the first annual Hen Harrier Day demonstrations in Derbyshire to highlight the illegal persecution of UK raptors. In January 2015, he admitted the push by the previous Labour government to encourage car-buyers to opt for diesel vehicles in a bid to protect the environment was "wrong", identifying that a "massive problem for public health" had been created.
When Jeremy Corbyn was elected Leader of the Labour Party in September 2015, Gardiner moved to becoming Shadow Minister for the Department of Energy and Climate Change. After a string of Shadow Cabinet resignations in June 2016, Gardiner replaced Lisa Nandy as Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change. In June, the department was abolished and he became Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade and Shadow Minister for International Climate Change.
Gardiner supported the development of Hinkley Point C nuclear power station, rejecting criticism of Chinese involvement in the project despite military and intelligence figures warning ministers that such involvement posed a threat to national security. He urged Theresa May to tell China that Britain wanted strong investment in infrastructure projects and described her decision to halt the deal as "politically stupid" and tantamount to "closing UK Plc down". He criticised May for negotiating a "rip-off deal" over its development.
In 2017, The Times revealed, from September 2015 to February 2017, Gardiner had received £182,284 in disclosed cash donations from Christine Lee & Co, which acts as the chief legal adviser to the Chinese embassy. Before this, his constituency party received cash donations from the firm of £22,500 between 2009 and 2015. The paper also revealed part of this money was used to fund the employment of Daniel Wilkes, son of the firm's founder, in his parliamentary offices. Alistair Graham, former chair of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, called the situation "bizarre" and said "there are clearly questions to be answered".
In October 2017, Gardiner became involved in a complaint by Boeing to the US Department of Commerce. Boeing claimed Bombardier Aerospace was 'dumping' aircraft in the US by selling them below the cost of production, due to large Canadian government subsidies. The US Department had suggested the solution was a 300% tariff on Bombardier CSeries being sold to Delta Air Lines, which would adversely affect prospects for the sale. A major employer in Belfast, a punitive tariff again Bombardier would threaten more than 4,000 manufacturing jobs. Boeing's complaint against Bombardier had made no reference to its own multibillion-dollar tax breaks from Washington state. Gardiner seized on this and accused Boeing of hypocrisy, insisting all aircraft manufacturers require government subsidies; he labelled Boeing "the king of corporate welfare" and a "subsidy junkie", and suggested the company was trying to "crush a competitor". Boeing replied their illegal-subsidies complaint against Bombardier was about selling aircraft below the cost of production and not anti-competitive, saying it merely wanted "fairness" in "following trade rules".
In response to the murder in 2018 of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Gardiner said "We must look very carefully again at the relationship we have with Saudi Arabia. What we would do certainly at the moment, and I think the government should do this, is to suspend all arms sales to the kingdom."
In January 2020, Gardiner received India's highly prestigious Padma Shri award for his work in the field of public affairs. He endorsed Rebecca Long-Bailey in the 2020 Labour Party leadership election. Following Keir Starmer's victory in the contest, he was stood down from the Shadow Cabinet in April of that year.
After following government social distancing guidelines from March to June 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, Gardiner joined Black Lives Matter protesters in London as they marched outside Parliament. Since the protest had ignored government guidelines, he attended a test for COVID-19 but tested negative for the virus.
Gardiner is married to Caroline Smith and has employed her as an office manager and executive secretary. After the 2017 general election, employing family members was banned for new MPs, however the restriction was not retroactive. They have four children; one of whom, Jacob Gardiner-Smith, is a footballer.
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- Barry Gardiner official site
- Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
- Contributions in Parliament at Hansard
- Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 1803–2005
- Voting record at Public Whip
- Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou
- Guardian Unlimited Politics – Ask Aristotle: Barry Gardiner MP
- Barry Gardiner Allowances
- Appearances on C-SPAN
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
| Member of Parliament
for Brent North
| Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
as Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
|New office|| Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade
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