Leeds MPs

MUDIE, George ( born 1945) Labour. Trade union official.

After working as an engineer, he joined the merchant navy for a time and then became a trade union official with the National Union of Public Employees, a position he held until he entered the Commons in 1992. He became a councillor on Leeds City Council in 1971 and its youngest leader in 1980.It was during his period as leader, in 1981 and 1987, that the city saw some of the worst race riots in its history. Mudie set up an action desk bringing together the various ethnic groups in the community to try to solve the problems. In 1992 on the retirement of Denis Healey, Mudie stood for and won the safe Labour seat of Leeds East, and held it in each general election until he retired in 2015. He was appointed assistant whip in June 2009 and in May 2010 he became Parliamentary under-secretary at the Department for Education and Employment. He was a member of the Treasury Select Committee from 2001–2015. He was never fully committed to Blairism and in 2004 voted against university top-up fees. He was one of the MPs named by the Daily Telegraph in the expenses revelations. For further reading see Yorkshire Evening Post, 5 October 2013; http://www.parliament.uk.