Anthony Joseph Lloyd (born 25 February 1950) is serving as Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland since 2018. He has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Rochdale since 2017. He previously served as Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner between 2012 and 2017, and the interim Mayor of Greater Manchester between 2015 and 2017.
Lloyd served as a Trafford councillor from 1979 to 1984. In 1983, he was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Stretford, representing the constituency until 1997, when the Manchester Central seat was created. As an MP, Lloyd was an opposition spokesman between 1987 and 1997, a Minister of State in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office between 1997 and 1999 and Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party from 2006 to 2012. Lloyd continued as a constituency MP until October 2012, when he stepped down to contest the 2012 Police and Crime Commissioner elections for Greater Manchester Police area. He was elected and assumed the position in November 2012.
Lloyd, appointed Interim Mayor of Greater Manchester on 29 May 2015, announced on 11 February 2016 that he would be running to become the Labour Party candidate in the Greater Manchester mayoral election, but he lost to Andy Burnham.
Lloyd was first elected to public office when he stood as a Labour Party candidate in the Trafford Council election, 1979, winning a seat on Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council, representing the Clifford ward on 4 May 1979.
House of Commons
Lloyd entered the House of Commons as Member of Parliament for Stretford on 9 June 1983, after the 1983 general election. He was an opposition whip between 1986 and 1987, and became the opposition spokesman for transport (1987–1992), employment (1992–1994), the environment (1994–1995), and foreign affairs (1995–1997).
Constituency boundaries were reformed for the 1997 general election, and Lloyd was selected for the Manchester Central constituency, where he returned at each subsequent general election through to 2010. Following the 1997 general election which returned Tony Blair as Prime Minister, Lloyd was appointed a junior Minister of State in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office under Robin Cook, beginning 5 May 1997.
On 5 December 2006 he became Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party
He voted against Labour's national agenda in key areas while an MP. Lloyd joined rebel Labour MPs by voting against government policy regarding the Iraq War, and rebelled against government policy to detain terror suspects for 90 days without trial. He voted against government policy to introduce student tuition fees, and as an "anti-nuclear and anti-war campaigner", voted against the renewal or replacement of the UK Trident programme in 2007. Lloyd voted for the reform of the House of Lords, the Identity Cards Act 2006, and the expansion of London Heathrow Airport.
Police and crime commissioner
Lloyd supported the creation of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority in 2011, but disagreed that there should be an elected Mayor of Greater Manchester. On 15 February 2012, Lloyd announced his intention to resign as a member of parliament to stand as a candidate for the directly-elected Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester. In the Police and Crime Commissioner elections on 15 November 2012, Lloyd was elected as the inaugural Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner, winning with 139,437 votes, a share of 51.23% and approximately 7% of the electorate.
Interim Mayor for Greater Manchester
Lloyd was appointed as Interim Mayor for Greater Manchester on 29 May 2015. He subsequently announced that he would be running to become the Labour Party's candidate for the 2017 Greater Manchester Mayoral Elections on 11 February 2016.
On 9 August Andy Burnham was selected with 51.1% of the vote. Lloyd placed second with 29.1%.
Return to the Commons
In May 2017, Lloyd was selected to stand as the Labour Party's parliamentary candidate for Rochdale at the 2017 general election. Lloyd was elected with a majority of 14,819.
On 3 July 2017 he was appointed by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn as a Shadow Housing Minister. On 23 March 2018, Lloyd received a promotion and became Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.