|Secretary of State for Health|
2 May 1997 –11 October 1999
|Prime Minister||Tony Blair|
|Preceded by||Stephen Dorrell|
|Succeeded by||Alan Milburn|
|Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment|
20 October 1994 –2 May 1997
|Preceded by||Chris Smith|
|Succeeded by||John Gummer|
|Shadow Secretary of State for Transport|
21 October 1993 –20 October 1994
|Leader|| John Smith |
Margaret Beckett (Acting)
|Preceded by||John Prescott|
|Succeeded by||Michael Meacher|
|Shadow Secretary of State for Employment|
18 July 1992 –21 October 1993
|Preceded by||Tony Blair|
|Succeeded by||John Prescott|
|Shadow Secretary of State for Energy|
2 November 1989 –18 July 1992
|Preceded by||John Prescott|
|Succeeded by||Robin Cook (Trade and Industry)|
|Shadow Leader of the House of Commons|
13 July 1987 –2 November 1989
|Preceded by||Peter Shore|
|Succeeded by||Jack Cunningham|
| Member of Parliament |
for Holborn and St. Pancras
Holborn and St Pancras South (1979–1983)
3 May 1979 –30 March 2015
|Preceded by||Lena Jeger|
|Succeeded by||Keir Starmer|
|Born||15 March 1940|
|Alma mater||London School of Economics|
Frank Gordon Dobson (born 15 March 1940) is a British Labour Party politician. He was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Holborn and St. Pancras from 1979 to 2015. He served in the Cabinet as Secretary of State for Health from 1997 to 1999, and was the official Labour Party candidate for Mayor of London in 2000, ultimately finishing third in the election, behind Conservative Steven Norris and the winner, Labour-turned-Independent Ken Livingstone. Dobson stood down at the 2015 general election.
The Labour Party is a centre-left political party in the United Kingdom that has been described as an alliance of social democrats, democratic socialists and trade unionists. The party's platform emphasises greater state intervention, social justice and strengthening workers' rights.
Holborn and St Pancras is a constituency created in 1983, represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom since 2015 by Keir Starmer of the Labour Party.
The 1979 United Kingdom general election was held on 3 May 1979 to elect 635 members to the British House of Commons. The Conservative Party, led by Margaret Thatcher, ousted the incumbent Labour government of James Callaghan with a parliamentary majority of 43 seats. The election was the first of four consecutive election victories for the Conservative Party, and Thatcher became the United Kingdom's and Europe's first elected female head of government.
Dobson was born in York in 1940. His father, a railwayman, died when Dobson was sixteen years old.Dobson attended Dunnington County Church of England Primary School and the Archbishop Holgate Grammar School (now Archbishop Holgate's School). He then studied Economics at the London School of Economics, gaining a BSc in 1962. He worked at the headquarters of the Central Electricity Generating Board from 1962-1970 and for the Electricity Council from 1970-75.
York is a city and unitary authority area in North Yorkshire, England, with a population of 208,200 as of 2017. Located at the confluence of the Rivers Ouse and Foss, it is the county town of the historic county of Yorkshire. The city is known for its famous historical landmarks such as York Minster and the city walls, as well as a variety of cultural and sporting activities, which makes it a popular tourist destination in England. The local authority is the City of York Council, a single tier governing body responsible for providing all local services and facilities throughout the city. The City of York local government district includes rural areas beyond the old city boundaries. It is about 20 miles north-east of Leeds.
Dunnington is a village and civil parish in the City of York and ceremonial county of North Yorkshire, England. The population of the civil parish was 3,230 at the 2011 Census. The village is approximately 4 miles (6 km) east from York city centre.
Archbishop Holgate's School is a coeducational Church of England secondary school and sixth form with academy status, located in York, North Yorkshire, England.
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His naturally pugnacious style of politics earned him rapid promotion to the front bench where he served in several important posts from 1982; his liking for dirty jokes and conviviality won him many friends. He once remarked about Hazel Blears, who is 4'10" in height, "The good thing about global warming is that Hazel Blears will be the first to go when the water rises." After the privatisation of the Rover Group in 1988 he quipped, "The price charged for Rover was so low that there is some suspicion that Lord Young thought it was a dog."As Spokesman on Environment and London from 1994, he led the national Labour response to the series of scandals over City of Westminster council and its former leader Shirley Porter.
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Following Labour's landslide victory at the 1997 general election, Dobson was appointed as Secretary of State for Health. This was a high-profile post but Dobson found it hard to make a big impact. He faced interference from civil servants, who would claim that Blair raised the issue of further private sector involvement in meetings with Dobson, which Dobson said to them "just wasn't true".He also had his hands tied by the decision to stick within spending limits set by the previous Conservative government. Dobson wrote a memo to Blair, saying "If you want a first-class service, you have to pay a first-class fare – and we're not doing it." When money was finally diverted to the NHS, Blair credited Dobson for kickstarting it. Dobson's abolition of the internal market in the NHS was reversed by his successor, Alan Milburn, who Dobson has said was "carried away with the idea that the private sector could make a big contribution".
The National Health Service in the United Kingdom includes NHS England, NHS Scotland, NHS Wales, and the affiliated Health and Social Care (HSC) in Northern Ireland. They were established together in 1948 as one of the major social reforms following the Second World War. The founding principles were that services should be comprehensive, universal and free at the point of delivery. Each service provides a comprehensive range of health services, free at the point of use for people ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom, apart from dental treatment and optical care. The English NHS also requires patients to pay prescription charges with a range of exemptions from these charges.
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Dobson was manoeuvered by the Labour Party leadership into announcing his resignation as an MP in order to stand as Mayor of London in the inaugural elections.[ citation needed ] He beat Ken Livingstone in the Labour Party's internal selection, helped by its electoral college system and the absence of any requirement for affiliated trade unions to ballot their members. In May 2000, Livingstone won the mayoral election as an independent candidate. Dobson finished in third place behind the Conservative candidate Steven Norris, and just ahead of the Liberal Democrat candidate Susan Kramer. Dobson was subsequently re-elected as an MP, albeit with reduced majorities, at the 2001 and 2005 general elections.
In 2000, Dobson was named "Beard 2000" by the Beard Liberation Front, amid controversy over his claim that Labour spin doctors had told him to shave off his prize-winning beard for the upcoming elections for Mayor of London. Dobson said that he had told them to "Stick it up their wickit".
Frank Dobson has been the subject of controversy for living in a council flat whilst receiving a six-figure ministerial salary.He continues to live there, despite owning a large property in Yorkshire. In an interview in July 2014, he responded to this criticism, saying: "I first lived there when we were subtenants of a subtenant of a private landlord. We were then sold to Camden council. What should I have done? Exercised the right to buy, which I voted against?"
In the Labour leadership controversy following Tony Blair's declaration he would step down within a year of September 2006, Dobson called for Blair to step down right away and end uncertainty.
He also attacked Alan Milburn for making a "terrible mess" of the NHS. Milburn had been mentioned by Charles Clarke as a potential future Labour leader several hours earlier.
Dobson has been criticised for hypocrisy for saying he was against Post Office closures, then voting for their closure in Parliament.
In the expenses scandal, he strongly supported the Speaker of the House in his attempts to block exposure of expenses – arguing he was merely being scapegoated (for instance on Radio 4, 10am, 16 May 2009). He also supported the Speaker in allowing a warrant-less search of the offices of Member of Parliament, Damian Green.
A survey of his constituents revealed that, in 2008, Dobson responded to 69 letters out of 269 sent through WriteToThem.com, putting him in 605th place out of 638 MPs for which data was available.
Dobson's brother, Geoff, was a school teacher who died of liver cancer on the eve of Labour's landslide general election victory in 1997.
Dobson married Janet Mary Alker in 1967. They have three children.
Noted for his "portly frame, jovial expression, and bright white beard", he is sometimes compared humorously to Father Christmas.Dobson is a supporter of West Ham United.
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|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
| Member of Parliament|
for Holborn and St Pancras South
|New constituency|| Member of Parliament|
for Holborn and St Pancras
Sir Keir Starmer
| Shadow Leader of the House of Commons |
| Shadow Secretary of State for Energy |
as Shadow Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
| Shadow Secretary of State for Employment |
| Shadow Secretary of State for Transport |
| Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment |
| Secretary of State for Health |