ABOUT JOHN HEALEY
John was Shadow Health Secretary from October 2010 before standing down in October 2011. He came second in the Labour Party’s shadow cabinet elections, receiving the support of 192 out of 257 Labour MPs.
Before that he was Shadow Minister for Housing and Planning, after being Minister for Housing and Planning at the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) before the May 2010 general election – making him the first ever Rotherham MP to sit at the cabinet table.
He became Housing Minister in June 2009, having first joined CLG as local government minister in June 2007. Shortly afterwards he became responsible for coordinating the Government's contribution to the recovery from that summer's floods.
John was appointed Financial Secretary to the Treasury in May 2005. He had previously served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Adults Skills at the Department for Education and Skills and, prior to that, as a member of the Education and Employment Select Committee and Parliamentary Private Secretary to Chancellor of the Exchequer.
John was elected Member of Parliament for Wentworth in 1997. Boundaries changed at the 2010 general election and he became the MP for Wentworth and Dearne.
John was born in Wakefield and educated at Lady Lumley's Comprehensive School, Pickering, and at Peter's School in York and Christ's College, Cambridge.
He worked in the voluntary sector from 1984 to 1990 with the Royal National Institute for the Deaf, the Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation and MIND campaigning to improve rights and services for disabled people. From 1990 to 1994 John worked in communications for Issue Communications, a PR company, and the MSF Union. He was Campaigns Director for the TUC from 1994 to 1997. He has also been a part time tutor at the Open University's Business School.
John is married with one child and lives in Rotherham.