Jack Dromey MP
Jack was, and is, a Union man who came to prominence leading the great Grunwick Strike in the 1970s, the biggest mobilisation in labour movement history around a local dispute involving a predominantly woman Gujerati workforce, newly arrived from East Africa. He rose through the ranks of the old Transport and General Workers Union, now Unite, elected Deputy General Secretary in 2003.
His association with Birmingham goes back to the People’s March for Jobs in 1981, when Jack was one of three who organised the greatest demonstration against unemployment since the 1930s, bringing a quarter of a million to London at the culmination of the march.
Jack fought many great battles in Birmingham over 30 years on:
- The Kraft takeover of Cadburys
- The closure of the HP sauce factory
- Just before the General Election, the successful battle to win the re-instatement of 59 Kashmiri workers sacked by Two Sisters for nine weeks
Jack was elected MP for Birmingham Erdington in 2010. His first priority was to secure the future of the great Jaguar plant, doomed to close, leading to a great moment in October 2010 when the plant that built the Spitfire during the War and two generations of Jaguars after the War was declared safe for the next generation. 3500 now work in the Jag, with thousands more in the supply chain.
Jack also led the battles:
- To secure the future of the City’s Walk In Centres
- To defeat the Tory closure of the Shelforce factory employing disabled workers
- To defeat Tory plans to cut social care to 4,100 elderly and disabled people in need
- To safeguard the City’s School Crossing Patrols, keeping kids safe
In Parliament, Jack has been a champion of Erdington and Birmingham, campaigning for a fair deal for Birmingham and for the West Midlands Police Service. A founder member of the drive for a Living Wage in London, he has also worked with Birmingham City Council, the most advanced Council in England, working progressively to transform the City into a Living Wage City.
As Shadow Housing Minister, he shaped Labour’s policies:
- To double housebuilding to 200,000 a year
- Clean up the private rented sector
- Abolish the Bedroom Tax
As Shadow Police Minister, standing up for neighbourhood policing, the bedrock of policing and campaigning against the damage done by Tories to our Police Service.
- Led the successful battle in November 2015 to defeat Tory plans in the Comprehensive Review to cut our Police Service in half
- Exposed in July 2016 the truth on crime, that crime has doubled under the Tories