Gordon Banks (politician)
|Birth||14 June 1955, Acomb, Northumberland|
Gordon Raymond Banks (born 14 June 1955) is a British Labour Party politician, who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Ochil and South Perthshire from 2005 until 2015.
Banks was born in Acomb, Northumberland and educated at the Lornshill Academy in Alloa and then the Glasgow College of Building. He later obtained a degree in History and Politics from the University of Stirling.
He has worked in the construction industry for 31 years, and formed his own building supplies business in 1986.
Member of Parliament
Banks was elected at the 2005 general election, succeeding fellow Labour politician Martin O'Neill.
Shortly after his election he became a member of the Regulatory Reform Committee, the Unopposed Bills (Panel) Committee, the Scottish Affairs Committee and the Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee. In May 2006 he became a PPS to James Purnell, and subsequently left the Scottish and Northern Ireland committees.
In October 2010 he was appointed as one of the Shadow Ministers of the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills. He resigned in April 2011 in order to concentrate on his constituency.
He was defeated by the Scottish National Party's Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh in the General Election of May 2015.
Banks is married with two children. He is a member of the Coeliac Society.