Scope and Content

Correspondence between David Hanson MP and constituents, 1992-2002 on a range of issues; Publications created by office of David Hanson MP.

Administrative / Biographical History

David Hanson was born in Liverpool, was educated at Roscoe Primary School in Liverpool and at Grange Primary School and the Verdin Comprehensive School, both in Winsford, Cheshire. He attended the University of Hull where he received a BA in 1978 and a CertEd in 1980. Whilst in Hull he was the vice president of the university students' union and a member of Hull University Labour Club.

He began his career with the Cooperative Society in 1980 as a trainee manager, becoming a manager in Plymouth in 1981 until joining the Spastics Society (now Scope) in 1982. He left in 1989 when appointed a director at the Society for the Prevention of Solvent Abuse.

He married Margaret Rose Mitchell, who has also been a politician in Vale Royal.

He was elected as a councillor to the Vale Royal Borough Council in 1983, becoming the Labour group and council leader in 1989 until 1991 when he stood down to fight Delyn at the 1992 election. He was also elected as a councillor to the Northwich Town Council in 1987 and led the Labour group there in 1989 for a year; he left the Town Council in 1991.

He unsuccessfully contested Eddisbury at the 1983 general election, defeated by the sitting Conservative MP Alastair Goodlad. In 1984 he contested the West Cheshire seat for the European Parliament, but was again unsuccessful. He contested Delyn in Wales at the 1987 general election but was defeated by the Tory Keith Raffan. He was elected to the House of Commons at the 1992 general election when, following Raffan's retirement, he won the Clwyd seat at Delyn.

In parliament he was a member of the Welsh affairs select committee from 1992, until joining the public accounts committee in 1996. He became Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Chief Secretary to the Treasury Alistair Darling in 1997, and became a member of Tony Blair's government in its first reshuffle in 1998, when appointed as an Assistant Government Whip. He was promoted in 1999 to Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Wales Office.

Following the 2001 general election he became Parliamentary Private Secretary to Tony Blair. He served as Minister of State at the Northern Ireland Office from the 2005 general election until 8 May 2007, when the Northern Ireland Assembly was restored after its period of suspension. He was Minister of State at the new Ministry of Justice from 9 May 2007 until 8 June 2009. On 21 February 2007, his approval to the Privy Council was announced.

He was Minister of State for Security, Counter-Terrorism, Crime and Policing at the Home Office from 8 June 2009 until the 2010 general election. He then shadowed that role, and after the Labour leadership election was appointed Shadow Treasury Minister.


Arranged into the following: Correspondence, subdivided into: Local Government / Political Reorganisation; Industry, Mining and Transport; Health; Culture and Sport; Legal Issues; Development Proposals; Welsh Assembly; and Miscellaneous; and Publications. Arrangement to be expanded as more records are received.

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Archivist's Note

Compiled by Steven Davies, Flintshire Record Office. Listing compiled by volunteer Philip Southern. Wikipedia and the website of David Hanson MP were consulted for biographical details.

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Appraisal Information

All records have been retained.

Custodial History

Deposited by David Hanson MP.


Further accruals are expected.