Mary Glindon

Mary Glindon

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Member of Parliament
for North Tyneside
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Stephen Byers
Majority 9,561 (19%)
North Tyneside Councillor for Battle Hill ward
In office
6 April 1995 – 6 May 2010
Preceded by P. Rountree
Succeeded by Lesley Spillard
Personal details
Mary Theresa Mulgrove

(1957-01-13) 13 January 1957 (age 64)
Newcastle upon Tyne, England, UK
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Ray Glindon
Children 3
Alma mater Newcastle Polytechnic

Mary Theresa Glindon[1] (born 13 January 1957, Newcastle upon Tyne[2][3]) is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for North Tyneside since 2010.

Early life

She was born Mary Theresa Mulgrove. She attended Sacred Heart Grammar School, an RC girls' direct grant grammar school in Fenham, now known as Sacred Heart Catholic High School, Newcastle upon Tyne.[4]

North Tyneside Councillor

Glindon was first elected to represent Battle Hill ward on North Tyneside Council at the 1995 local elections. At the time of her election she went by her maiden name of Mulgrove.[5] Glindon would go on to represent the seat for 15 years[6] and was elected to represent Battle Hill ward 5 times.[5]

During her time as a Councillor Glindon served as the Civic Mayor of North Tyneside.[6]

In 2006 the Elected Mayor of North Tyneside John Harrison appointed Glindon to his Cabinet as the cabinet member for Health and Wellbeing and Older People's Champion.[7]

In 2007 she supported a motion to grant Freedom of the Borough of North Tyneside to Wallsend Boys Club.[8]

Member of Parliament

Glindon was selected in February 2010 as Labour candidate for the safe seat, while a Councillor for Battle Hill Ward on North Tyneside Council,[9] after the previous MP Stephen Byers announced in November 2009 that he would not contest the next election.[10]

At the general election in May 2010, she beat Liberal Democrat Councillor David Ord in to a distant second place to hold the seat with 50.7% of the votes, despite an 8.7% swing away from Labour.[11] Glindon is a member of the Labour Friends of Israel.[12]

As an MP her parliamentary voting record has included opposing the 'bedroom tax' and increasing welfare support for those unable to work due to illness or disability. She voted against raising tuition fees to £9000 and against the cut in the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) for 16- to 19-year-olds. She has voted for measures to curb climate change and for measures to raise the level of income tax for those earning over £150,000.[13]

In 2013 she was one of 161 MPs to oppose the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013, though this was partially due to the fact the act was not 'equal' in that members of the public sector same sex couples would not be eligible for the same pension rights, which she stated during the debate. She is also a listed member of the House of Commons' All-Party Parliamentary Pro-Life Group, opposing abortion.[14] She has called for a commons debate on the badger cull, which she opposed.[15]

She is a member of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee, and the Communities and Local Government Select Committee, as of 2010 and 2013, respectively. She was Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Mary Creagh when she was Shadow Secretary of State for Transport until 2014. Glindon was re-elected on 8 May 2015, with 26,191 votes and 55.9% share of the votes cast.[16]

She supported Owen Smith in the failed attempt to replace Jeremy Corbyn in the 2016 Labour Party (UK) leadership election.[17]

Personal life

Glindon's husband Ray is a councillor for Camperdown Ward on North Tyneside Council, as well as Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources since 2013. She is a practising Roman Catholic.[18] She married Raymond Glindon in 2000. She has one daughter, a step-daughter and a step-son.


  1. ^ "No. 59418". The London Gazette. 13 May 2010. p. 8738.
  2. ^ "Mary Glindon MP". BBC Democracy Live. BBC. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  3. ^ "Mary Glindon Biography". Retrieved 8 February 2013.
  4. ^
  5. ^ a b "Elections Centre - North Tyneside Results" (PDF).
  6. ^ a b "maryglindonmp". Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  7. ^ Chronicle, Evening (14 May 2006). "Mayor sets up his new Cabinet team". nechronicle. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  8. ^ "Freedom Handed to Famous Boys Club" - The Journal (Newcastle, England), June 14, 2007 | Online Research Library: Questia Reader". Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  9. ^ "Councillor Mary Glindon". North Tyneside Council. Retrieved 21 June 2010.
  10. ^ "Labour select Mary Glindon for North Tyneside". Labour Matters. Retrieved 21 June 2010.
  11. ^ "The 2010 general election: Tyneside North". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 June 2010.
  12. ^ "2014 11 – Parliamentary Notes". Labour Affairs Magazine. November 2014.
  13. ^ Profile,; accessed 12 May 2015.
  14. ^ House of Commons' All-Party Parliamentary Anti-abortion movement,; accessed 12 May 2015.
  15. ^ "'Townie' MP Mary Glindon tries to stop badger TB cull". BBC News. 19 October 2011. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
  16. ^ "Tyneside North parliamentary constituency". Election 2015. BBC. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  17. ^ "Full list of MPs and MEPs backing challenger Owen Smith". LabourList. 21 July 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  18. ^ Official website; accessed 12 May 2015.

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