- Jeff Rooker, Baron Rooker
The Right Honourable
name = The Lord Rooker
constituency_MP = Birmingham Perry Barr
parliament = United Kingdom
term_start = 1974
term_end = 2001
birth_date = Birth date and age|df=yes|1941|7|5
party = Labour Party
Jeffrey Rooker, Baron Rooker, PC (born
5 June 1941) is a British politician. He was the Labour Party member of parliament for Birmingham Perry Barr until the 2001 general election. He was replaced by Khalid Mahmoodand became a life peerwith the title "Baron Rooker, of Perry Barrin the County of West Midlands".
Rooker has served in a number of junior ministerial posts since 1997, both as an MP and as a member of the
House of Lords. These have been in areas as diverse as agriculture, social security, immigration, local government and Northern Ireland. In August 2005 he was appointed as the first Minister for Children in Northern Ireland. He was most appointed Minister of Statefor Sustainable Food and Farming and Animal Health at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairson May 6, 2006, also responsible for animal welfare. He later served as deputy leader of the House of Lords, but stood down from the government in October 2008.
Rooker is from a
working classbackground, his father was a factory worker. He initially trained as a production engineer, working in various factories in and around Birminghamfor 14 years and then became a lecturer on the subject. Lord Rooker is also an alumnus of Aston University in the city of Birmingham, and was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2001 [cite press release |title=Aston announces this year's honorary graduates |publisher=Aston University |date=2001-07-10 |url=http://www.aston.ac.uk/about/news/releases/2001/july/010710.jsp |accessdate=2008-01-05 ] . In 1966 he was an unsuccessful candidate for Birmingham City Council. He was selected as a Parliamentary candidate in October 1971 for his home constituency of Birmingham Perry Barr, which he won in the General Election in February 1974.
Lord Rooker is a Vice President of
The Birmingham Civic Society. As of January 2008, he is a lay governor of Aston University. Rooker has proved a controversial choice as Minister for Animal Welfare due to his well known pro hunting views. In 2007 following Rooker's appointment, many emails and letters of complaint from animal welfare campaigners were sent to the Labour Party.
* [http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/ministers/rooker.htm Lord Rooker profile on Defra's official website]
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