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|Member of Parliament |
for Alyn and Deeside
|Assumed office |
7 June 2001
|Preceded by||Barry Jones|
Mark Richard Tami
3 October 1962
Enfield, Middlesex, England, UK
|Spouse(s)||Sally Daniels Tami|
|Alma mater||University of Wales, Swansea|
Born in Enfield, north London, Tami was educated at Enfield Grammar School (by then a comprehensive school), and graduated in history at the University of Wales, Swansea. He was previously National Head of Policy of the union Amicus (previously the Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union.
Tami was first elected as MP for Alyn and Deeside in 2001 with a majority of 9,222, following the decision of the seat's former MP Stephen Barry Jones to step down from Parliament.
Tami was returned again as MP for Alyn and Deeside at the 2005 general election, with a reduced majority. He resigned his post as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Dawn Primarolo on 6 September 2006, due to the refusal by Tony Blair to name a date for stepping down as Prime Minister. He was joined by future Deputy Leader of the Labour Party Tom Watson and fellow Welsh MPs Ian Lucas and Wayne David in resignation.
Tami was promoted by Gordon Brown in July 2017 to a whip. In the 2010 general election, Tami was re-elected for a third time, however with a further reduced majority of 2,919. Following the election, Labour leader Ed Miliband made Tami Pairing Whip.
Tami was re-elected as MP for Alyn and Deeside on 7 May 2015 at the general election with a slightly increased majority from 2010. In the 2017 general election, Tami was returned with a vastly increased majority of 5,235 votes and a 52.1% share of the vote.
In November 2018 he was appointed to the Privy Council.
Tami is the Chair of the All-party parliamentary group on Stem Cell Transplantation.
During the MPs expenses scandal Tami was one of a number of MPs accused by the Daily Telegraph of over-claiming on council tax expenses for their second home. Tami said, "I will go back and calculate the exact level I have over-claimed in error and repay the sum involved". Tami was alleged to have claimed £1500 more than he should have, although the actual figure was £996.70, for council tax on his London home.
He married Sally Daniels in July 1994 in Bromley and they have two sons. They live in Llanfynydd having lived in Bromley for many years. He is a former member of the TUC General Council and an active member of the Fabian Society.
Tami's eldest son, Max, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in 2007 at age 9. Max made a full recovery following intensive chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant at Alder Hey Children's Hospital. Tami has repeatedly called for the Government to do more to help cancer patients and their families, including providing appropriate psychological support.
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