comment on football hooliganism abroad after allegations of police brutality against rioting English fans. He was well known in the House of Commons for his acid tongue.[2]. Read more. All you were was a sort of high-powered social worker and perhaps not even a good one. google_ad_client = "pub-4372786350956208"; In government, he served as Minister for Sport from 1997 to 1999. Read more. A vegetarian, Tony Banks was one of Parliament's staunchest supporters of animal rights, often speaking against fox hunting and vivisection, and he was a vice-president of the League Against Cruel Sports. [citation needed]. Once, during a live debate on UK teatime chat show Richard & Judy, called for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas to be banned, and declared that "Videogames are worse than child pornography". Since the great days of Jimmy Greaves, it's the only time anyone's managed to score five times in a Chelsea shirt. . The measure was accepted by Parliament He called the once feared Tory Prime Minister, Baroness Thatcher, "half mad", William Hague was labelled a "foetus" and even the human race was lambasted by the politician's withering fury. google_color_text = "000000"; after a kiss-and-tell story appeared detailing how former. In 1964 he unsuccessfully stood for the Liberal Party in the first elections to the new London Boroughs. [In May 1997 Tony Banks became Minister for Sport]. Biographie. I found it intellectually numbing, tedious in the extreme. Recounting his reaction on being appointed a minister. Upset by media reports suggesting MPs were enjoying a gravy-train existence, he said: "I'm going to leave the House of Commons with overdrafts in all my bank accounts, with hardly any savings. Ever the innovator, Lord Stratford suggested installing Durex machines in Westminster so that the Tories would have fewer illegitimate children. ventures. But Mr Banks said he would miss his role as chairman of the Works of Art Committee, which looks after historic paintings and sculptures in Westminster. Fax: (44) 171 211 6032. Quotes []. Anthony Louis "Tony" Banks, Baron Stratford (8 April 1943 – 8 January 2006) was a British politician and Labour member of first the House of Commons then the House of Lords. To make matters worse, they have elected a foetus as the party leader. famous and well loved as the doves of St. Mark's in Venice, but currently This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. Having come from a House where politeness is about as rare as an orderly queue at a London bus stop, the culture shock on entering your Lordships' House has been profound. Fax: (44) 171 388 4925, who are co-ordinating a petition. Tony Banks MP IVU News - Issue 1-96. IVU News - Issue 1-96. If you listened to fanatics of the left or right, You'd think they'd solve it all, But they don't convince me. He once, speaking in the House of Commons, used the word "bullshitters". Having unsuccessfully contested East Grinstead in 1970, Newcastle upon Tyne North in October 1974 and Watford in 1979, in 1983 he was elected Labour MP for Newham North West, which he represented for 14 years. The Finchley Whinger. A committed vegetarian, Tony recently introduced legislation to promote Like many on the Labour benches, he made a long political journey from the far left, beginning his political life in the 1970s as a prominent Labour councillor on the Greater London Council. On retiring from the Commons last year, Lord Stratford said he was stepping down because dealing with constituents' problems was "intellectually numbing, and tedious in the extreme". During the 1997 Labour Party conference he sparked controversy by describing then-Tory leader William Hague as a "foetus". lack of parliamentary time. On 7 January 2006, it was reported that he had collapsed two days earlier, suffering a "very serious stroke", while having lunch on Sanibel Island in Florida, where he was on holiday. [9], Banks was a republican[citation needed] but insisted he was wishing himself luck in his new job as Minister for Sport. Banks referred to Canadians as "dickheads" for culling seals. Lord Stratford often used Early Day Motions in parliament to tirade against the world's wider ills. for consideration, but failed to complete all necessary stages due to Street, London SW1Y 5DH, UK. That this House is appalled, but barely surprised, at the revelations in M15 files regarding the bizarre and inhumane proposals to use pigeons as flying bombs; recognises the important and live-saving role of carrier pigeons in two world wars and wonders at the lack of gratitude towards these gentle creatures; and believes that humans represent the most obscene, perverted, cruel, uncivilised and lethal species ever to inhabit the planet and looks forward to the day when the inevitable asteroid slams into the earth and wipes them out thus giving nature the opportunity to start again. But other species don't have votes, so their interests are largely ignored and Tony remains on the back benches of the British Parliament, where his is often the only voice to be heard speaking up for the animals. He was chairman of the GLC from 1985 until its abolition in 1986. From then until the 2005 general election he remained a backbencher, though he made a failed bid to become Labour's candidate in the 2004 election for Mayor of London. I really didn't. He called the once feared Tory Prime Minister, Baroness Thatcher, "half mad", William Hague was labelled a "foetus" and even the human race was lambasted by the politician's withering fury. Labour Party member of the Greater London Council: Hammersmith and Fulham 1970-73; Fulham 1973-77; Tooting 1981- March 31, 1986, Committee Chair General Purposes 13 May 1975, Arts and Recreation 28 May 1981. On 23 November 2004, he announced he would not stand at the next general election and that he would retire from the House of Commons. And the next thing is he shows up as a TV presenter. under threat from people keen to clear the square to make way for money-making Meanwhile, another Tory MP, Terry Dicks, was dismissed as "living proof that a pig's bladder on the end of a stick can be elected to Parliament". A curious feeling (It's a curious feeling) It's a curious feeling to see the edge receding, It seems the more I know, the more I don't know, does this ever end? While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Anthony Louis Banks, Baron Stratford (8 April 1942[1] – 8 January 2006) was a British Labour Party politician, who was a member of parliament (MP) from 1983 to 2005, before being made a Member of the House of Lords. To register your protest at the threat to these harmless and beautiful google_color_bg = "EFEFEF"; The ex-MP's wit was often more reminiscent of a stand-up comic than a politician, cutting foes and friends down to size with a swashbuckling use of language which was frequently headline grabbing. Anthony Louis Banks, Baron Stratford (8 April 1942 – 8 January 2006) was a British Labour Party politician, who was a member of parliament (MP) from 1983 to 2005, before being made a Member of the House of Lords. "All you were was a sort of high-powered social worker and perhaps not even a good one. google_ad_format = "120x90_0ads_al"; The former sports minister - who became Lord Stratford when he was made a working peer in summer 2005 - was an MP from 1983 until he stood down at the general election in June that year. Concurrent de The Anon, groupe formé par Anthony Phillips à la guitare solo et Mike Rutherford à la guitare rythmique, Garden Wall finit par s'allier à The Anon pour donner naissance à Genesis. After it emerged that during World War II MI5 had proposed using pigeons as flying bombs, the keen animal rights activist tabled a motion condemning human beings as "obscene, perverted, cruel, uncivilised and lethal". ignored and Tony remains on the back benches of the British Parliament, Mr Banks put himself forward to challenge Mr Livingstone as Labour's candidate for the 2004 London Mayoral election, but was defeated by Nicky Gavron. Following a 1995 boundary review, Newham North West was expanded and renamed West Ham for the 1997 election and Banks represented that seat until the 2005 election, when he stood down. google_color_url = "008000"; and attended games with Conservative Party politician David Mellor. He was a fairly competent chairman of Housing [on Lambeth Council]. This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. A "cull" is supposed to be merely "under consideration", but This page was last edited on 9 December 2018, at 23:46. At the 1997 Labour Party conference, he described Conservative leader William Hague as a "foetus", adding that Conservative MPs might be rethinking their views on abortion. In 1999, Mr Banks resigned his ministerial post to concentrate on the unsuccessful bid to host the 2006 World Cup at Wembley. Meanwhile, the Liberal Democrats were "woolly-hatted, muesli-eating, Tory lick-spittles". He was a supporter of Chelsea F.C. Anthony Louis Banks, Baron Stratford (8 April 1942 – 8 January 2006) was a British Labour Party politician who was a Member of Parliament from 1983 to 2005 and subsequently a Member of the House of Lords. [13], American singer-songwriter Aimee Mann became a close friend of Banks after meeting him in London the early 1990s and the song "You're With Stupid Now" on her 1995 album I'm with Stupid was inspired by their discussions of British politics. See also Norman Dinsdale Banks, a member of the London County Council. Anthony Louis "Tony" Banks, Baron Stratford (8 April 1943 – 8 January 2006) was a British politician and Labour member of first the House of Commons then the House of Lords.. where his is often the only voice to be heard speaking up for the animals. We do not want any proposal that migrating birds are going to be destroyed because of alarmist figures and notions that appear in the Tory press. And all you were was a sort of high-powered social worker and perhaps not even a good one at that. An example of Banks' pro-animal views surfaced, on 21 May 2004, when he proposed Early Day Motion EDM 1255 in the 2003–04 session of Parliament,[7] in response to newspaper reports revealing that MI5 had proposed using pigeons as flying bombs during World War II. In government, he served for two years as Minister for Sport. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. The former sports minister - who became Lord Stratford when he was made a working peer in summer 2005 - was an MP from 1983 until he stood down at the general election in June that year. So I won't miss that. google_ad_width = 120; vegetarianism in the United Kingdom. breeds (1). He was educated in London at St. John's School, Brixton, Tenison's School in Kennington, the University of York and the London School of Economics. contrasting the House of Lords with the House of Commons. It was "straightforward fun" that gave him "intellectual enjoyment".

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