Jack Dromey
Dromey in 2017
Shadow Minister for Work and Pensions
Assumed office
12 January 2018
Leader Jeremy Corbyn
Preceded by Alex Cunningham
Shadow Minister for Labour
In office
10 October 2016 – 12 January 2018
Leader Jeremy Corbyn
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Laura Pidcock
Shadow Minister for Policing
In office
7 October 2013 – 27 June 2016
Leader Edward Miliband
Harriet Harman (Acting)
Jeremy Corbyn
Preceded by David Hanson
Succeeded by Lyn Brown
Shadow Minister for Housing
In office
7 October 2010 – 7 October 2013
Leader Harriet Harman (Acting)
Edward Miliband
Preceded by Lyn Brown
Succeeded by Andy Sawford
Treasurer of the Labour Party
In office
30 September 2004 – 26 September 2010
Leader Tony Blair
Gordon Brown
Preceded by Jimmy Elsby
Succeeded by Diana Holland
Member of Parliament
for Birmingham, Erdington
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Siôn Simon
Majority 7,285 (19.6%)
Personal details
Born John Eugene Joseph Dromey
(1948-09-29) 29 September 1948 (age 75)
Website Jack Dromey

John Eugene Joseph Dromey MP (born 29 September 1948). He has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Birmingham, Erdington since the 2010 general election and was appointed Shadow Minister for Communities and Local Government in the Edward Miliband shadow front bench. He became Shadow Policing Minister in 2013 but resigned from this position on 27 June 2016. On 10 October 2016, he returned to the frontbench by becoming Shadow Minister for Labour and thereafter Shadow Minister for Work and Pensions.

He was previously the Deputy General Secretary of the Transport and General Workers Union and the Treasurer of the Labour Party.

Trade Union work

In the early 1970s, while working at the Brent Law Centre, Dromey was elected as Chairman of his branch of the Transport and General Workers Union and as a delegate to the Brent Trades Council. In 1973 he took a leading role in planning the occupation of Centre Point, along with prominent Housing and Direct Action campaigners Jim Radford and Ron Bailey. This high-profile event was designed to highlight and publicise the perceived injustice of London's most prominent (and tallest) building development – which included a number of luxury flats – remaining empty year after year while tens of thousands of people languished on housing waiting lists across the capital. The event was postponed in 1973 but eventually carried out successfully in January the following year.

Jack Dromey built a reputation as an effective speaker and organiser in the Trade Union Movement and through his involvement with Brent Trades Council and the Greater London Association of Trades Councils, who sent him as a delegate to the South East Regional Council of the Trades Union Congress. As an officer of the local Trades Council he also had a prominent role in supporting the strike at the Grunwick film processing laboratory which lasted from 1976 to 1978. The mostly-female Asian workforce at Grunwick went on strike to demand that company boss George Ward recognise their union; instead, Ward dismissed the strikers, leading to a two-year-long confrontation involving mass picketing and some violence. The strike was ultimately unsuccessful.

Dromey was elected Deputy General Secretary of the Transport and General Workers Union, having lost the 2003 election for General Secretary to Tony Woodley by a wide margin. Dromey is active in the Labour Party, serving on its National Executive Committee (NEC).

Parliamentary career

In February 2010, Siôn Simon, Labour MP for Birmingham, Erdington since June 2001, announced his intention to stand down at the imminent general election. The National Executive Committee of the Labour Party swiftly announced that Birmingham Erdington would be an open short-list. Dromey was confirmed to have made that short-list. It was further confirmed on 27 February 2010, that Dromey was selected as the Labour Party candidate for Birmingham Erdington. He was elected on 6 May 2010.