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
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
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.