John Smith

British politician John Smith

John Smith was a British Labour Party politician who served as Leader of the Labour Party from July 1992 until his sudden death from a heart attack in May 1994. He first entered parliament in 1970 and was the Secretary of State for Trade from 1978–1979 and then the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer under Neil Kinnock from 1987-1992.
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Deceased
12 May 1994
home town
Ardrishaig
Death Place
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GRAY MATTER; The Biographer's New Best Friend
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Stephen Mihm is an associate professor of history at the University of Georgia and the co-author of ''Crisis Economics: A Crash Course in the Future of Finance.'' LEGEND has it that the newspaper mogul Joseph Pulitzer stumbled into success, buying The New York World on a lark in 1883. But this didn't seem right to James McGrath Morris, who began
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Darts: Skipper leads Slipper to key Saints victory - The Press, York
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SLIPPER edged past hosts St Paul's to win a high-quality clash in division one of the York John Smith's Ladies Darts League. Julie Stables checked out on 90 with a bull finish and St Paul's team-mate Amanda Bevan hit the tons, but Slipper captain
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John Smith tragically killed in an accident - Harnesslink
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Well known and respected horse transporter John Smith was tragically killed in an accident on his property on Saturday morning (August 27). He was 61. Smith was best known for his association with Magnum Skipper, who won a New South Wales Sires Stakes
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John Smith column 8/27/11: Bishop wants ELCA to sing Mary's song of faith - Reading Eagle
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Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson apparently adopted a style from some black preachers for his sermon opening the Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America last week in Orlando, Fla. - emphasis on a repetitive phrase
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Crackdown on business behind bars - Stuff.co.nz
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Documents issued to The Dominion Post under the Official Information Act reveal that prisoner Phillip John Smith's company has been selling Chinese electronics since 2008 – yet nothing about his actions was illegal. In February, The Dominion Post
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No charges will be filed in tragic motocross death - Northwest Cable News
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Grant County officials say five year old Kaiden Henley was sitting on a bicycle watching the race when 29 year-old John Smith lost control of his motorcycle. Smith flew off his bike, which went about twenty to thirty feet before hitting and killing
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Jets Dial In To Pipeline For Punters
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The Jets' history with Australian punters is believed to date to 1997, when Eric Mangini, then an assistant with the team, took time out of a vacation in Melbourne to put a young athlete with a big leg through a makeshift workout in a cow pasture. Mangini, who was visiting his brother, videotaped the workout and tried to
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American Axle names 2 new board members - BusinessWeek
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American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings Inc. said Wednesday that Steven Hantler and John Smith were elected to its board as independent directors of the auto supplier, effective Oct. 27. Their terms will expire at the company's 2013 annual shareholder
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New CoPS officer a fan of 'old time policing' style - Delta-Optimist
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John Smith, who conducts plenty of foot patrols, took over Ladner Community Police Station in April By Jessica Kerr, Freelance July 14, 2011 When Delta police Const. John Smith took over the Ladner Community Police Station earlier this year,
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Run For Your Wife sequel plays at Barn Theatre - Times 24
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FARCE Run For Your Wife, which told the tale of bigamist taxi driver John Smith, was a huge success. To send a link to this page to a friend, simply enter their email address below. The message will include the name and email address you gave us when
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    FIFTIES
  • 1994
    Age 55
    On 14 July 1994, a memorial service for Smith took place at Westminster Abbey and was attended by over 2,000 people.
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    On 20 May 1994, after a public funeral service in Cluny Parish Church, Edinburgh which was attended by almost 1,000 people, Smith was buried in a private family service on the island of Iona, at the sacred burial ground of Reilig Odhráin, which contains the graves of several Scottish kings as well as monarchs of Ireland, Norway and France.
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    On the evening of 11 May 1994, with around 500 people present, Smith made a speech at a fundraising dinner at Park Lane Hotel, London, saying "The opportunity to serve our country—that is all we ask".
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    During Smith's tenure as leader the Labour party gained a significant lead in the polls over the Conservatives; on 5 May 1994, one week before Smith's death, the Conservatives suffered a major defeat in the British council elections, their worst in over 30 years.
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  • 1993
    Age 54
    Despite this, during his time as leader of the Labour Party, Smith abolished the trade union block vote at Labour party conferences and replaced it with "One member, one vote" at the 1993 party conference.
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    He also performed very well in the July 1993 motion of confidence debate on the Conservative government.
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  • 1992
    Age 53
    In the same speech, Smith also attacked the Conservatives' broken election promises (in particular Lamont's recent Budget decision to impose VAT on domestic energy bills) – claiming he possessed the last copy of a 1992 policy document "to escape the Central Office shredder".
    This echoed his attacks on Major's government made before the 1992 election (while he was still shadow chancellor), most memorably when he labelled "irresponsible" Conservative plans for cutting income tax to 20%, and joked at a Labour Party rally in Sheffield that the Conservatives would have a box-office disaster with "Honey, I Shrunk the Economy" – in reference to the recent Disney motion picture Honey, I Shrunk the Kids – mocking the recession which was plaguing the British economy at the time.
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    In September 1992, Smith made his maiden speech as party leader, in which he attacked the Government's ERM debacle eight days earlier - an event which was seen by many observers as playing a large part in determining the outcome of the next general election, long before it was even on the political horizon, as from that point onwards the Labour Party was ascendant in the opinion polls, winning several seats from the Conservatives in by-elections (eventually even attracting a Conservative MP to defect to Labour) and trouncing them in local council elections.
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    After Labour leader Neil Kinnock resigned following the Party's surprise loss in the 1992 general election to new Conservative leader John Major, Smith was elected his successor in July 1992.
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    Following Labour's fourth consecutive defeat at the general election of April 1992, Neil Kinnock resigned as leader and Smith was elected Labour leader.
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  • 1989
    Age 50
    On 7 June 1989, he sang the theme tune for the soap Neighbours at the dispatch box, lampooning the differences between Lawson and Sir Alan Walters, who was critical of Lawson's policies but whom Thatcher refused to sack.
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    His weight dropped from at the time of the first heart attack, to when he returned to Parliament on 23 January 1989.
  • FORTIES
  • 1988
    Age 49
    He spent three days in intensive care before leaving hospital on 20 October 1988, and made a full recovery.
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    He suffered a serious heart attack whilst Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer on 9 October 1988 and was forced to spend three months away from Westminster to recover.
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  • 1987
    Age 48
    Smith was appointed Shadow Chancellor by Neil Kinnock in July 1987 after the Labour Party's general election defeat.
  • 1986
    Age 47
    Despite a quiet, modest manner, and his politically moderate stance, he was a witty, often scathing speaker. Smith was named as Parliamentarian of the Year twice: first in November 1986 for his performances during the Westland controversy, during which Leon Brittan resigned and second in November 1989 for taking Nigel Lawson to task over the state of the economy and over his difficult relationship with Sir Alan Walters, the Prime Minister's economic adviser.
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  • 1983
    Age 44
    Smith acted as Roy Hattersley's campaign manager for the party leadership election in October 1983 and after serving a year as Shadow Employment Secretary, was Shadow Secretary of State for Trade and Industry between late 1984 and 1987.
    He became a QC in 1983, the same year that the constituency became Monklands East.
  • 1979
    Age 40
    In this post, Smith was the youngest member of the cabinet, and served there until the 1979 general election.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1978
    Age 39
    Smith's adroit handling of these proposals impressed Callaghan, and in November 1978, when Edmund Dell retired, Callaghan appointed Smith Secretary of State for Trade.
  • 1975
    Age 36
    In December 1975, he was made a Minister of State.
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  • 1974
    Age 35
    In October 1974, Harold Wilson offered Smith the post of Solicitor General for Scotland.
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  • 1971
    Age 32
    Smith defied the Labour whips in 1971, joining Labour MPs led by Roy Jenkins who voted in favour of entry to the European Economic Community.
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  • 1970
    Age 31
    At the 1970 general election, he was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for North Lanarkshire succeeding Margaret Herbison.
    Smith first entered Parliament in 1970 and, after junior ministerial roles as Minister of State for Energy (1975–1976) and Minister of State for the Privy Council Office (1976–1977), he entered the Cabinet at the end of James Callaghan's tenure as Prime Minister, serving as Secretary of State for Trade and President of the Board of Trade (1978–1979).
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1967
    Age 28
    Smith was married to Elizabeth Bennett from 5 July 1967 until his death.
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  • 1961
    Age 22
    Smith first stood as a Labour parliamentary candidate at a by-election in 1961 in the East Fife constituency; he contested that seat again in the 1964 general election.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1956
    Age 17
    He joined the Labour Party in 1956.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1938
    Born
    Born on September 13, 1938.
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