Jack Ashley

Jack Ashley, later Baron Ashley of Stoke, was a British politician. He was Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent South for 26 years and subsequently sat in the House of Lords. He was a long-time campaigner for disabled people.

Born in Widnes and educated in Warrington, Jack became a crane driver and was a shop steward in the Chemical Workers’ Union. He was the youngest executive member aged 22.

Jack won a scholarship to Ruskin, where he achieved a Diploma in Economics and Political Science in 1948, and continued his studies at Cambridge, where he was President of the Cambridge Union Society.

He went on to work for the National Union of General and Municipal Workers and served on Widnes Borough Council as a councillor from 1946. Jack married Pauline Kay Crispin in 1951 and they had three daughters. Television presenter Andrew Marr is his son-in-law.

He was elected as MP for Stoke-on-Trent South at the 1966 general election and became a life peer in 1992.   

Jack became profoundly deaf and was a tireless campaigner for the disabled, especially the deaf and blind.

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