Jack Straw retired as MP for Blackburn in 2015 having served 36 years – he was Blackburn’s longest serving Member of Parliament.
Jack was elected as the MP for Blackburn in 1979. Prior to being elected to parliament he was a practising barrister and before that was an assistant to Blackburn’s last MP, Barbara Castle. He served on the opposition benches for eighteen years against the governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major.
Following Labour’s landslide in 1997 he was appointed Home Secretary and has since served as Foreign Secretary (2001 – 2006) and Leader of the House of Commons (2006 – 2007). Jack served as Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice from 2007 - 2010. He was the first Lord Chancellor since the seventeenth century not to be a peer.
Despite having held high office for many years Jack continued to be a committed and visible constituency MP, regularly taking questions on all issues standing on his soapbox in the town centre, holding several surgeries a month around the town and running many neighbourhood residents meetings throughout Blackburn.
Jack is married with one son and one daughter and two grandchildren. His recreations are walking, music and cooking puddings. He is Honorary Vice President of Blackburn Rovers, holds a season ticket and regularly attends weekend matches with his family.
Contact details and surgeries
Blackburn’s new MP, Kate Hollern, will be arranging advice surgeries shortly and takes enquiries on 01254 52323 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org