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Clapham, Michael, MP Archive
The archive of Michael Clapham, MP for Barnsley West and Penistone from 1992-2010. The records concern Clapham's work in parliament and in his constituency (1992-2010), as well as records that specifically relate to coal mining and the National Union of Mineworkers (c1980-2010), and records of the Barnsley West and Penistone Labour Party (1978-2006).

During his political career he was a member of:
• Trade and Industry Committee, 1992-1997
• Parliamentary Private Secretary to Alan Milburn (Minister of State, Dept. of Health) 1997
• Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Committee, 2007-2008
• Business and Enterprise Committee, 2008-2009
• Business, Innovation and Skills Committee, 2009-2010.

• NATO Parliamentary Assembly
• North Atlantic Assembly
• Chair of the All-Party Occupational Safety and Health Group
• Chair of the All-Party Coal Fields Communities Group
• Vice-Chair of the All-Party Fire Safety Group

During his time in parliament, he attended the following Public Bill Committee sitting:
• Damages (Asbestos-Related Conditions) Bill Committee (1 out of 1)
• Health and Safety (Offences) Bill Committee (1 out of 1)
• Child Maintenance and Other Payments Bill Committee (7 out of 11)
• Compensation Bill Committee (4 out of 4)
• Drugs Bill Committee (5 out of 6)
• Carers (Equal Opportunities) Bill Committee (1 out of 1)
• Railways and Transport Safety Bill Committee (17 out of 18)
• Equine Welfare (Ragwort Control) Bill Committee (1 out of 1)
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    Parliamentary work Subfonds

    1992-2010
    Michael Clapham was elected as MP for Barnsley West and Penistone at the (10 April) 1992 General Election following the retirement of Allen McKay, holding the seat for Labour with a majority of 14,504. He made his maiden speech, speaking on the concerns in the local coal mining industry, on 6 May 1992. In parliament Clapham was a left-wing politician and a member of the Socialist Campaign Group who often rebelled against the government on various issues.

    During his time in government he was: a member of the Trade and Industry Committee (1992-1997 and again 2004-2007); Parliamentary Private Secretary to Alan Milburn, Minister of State at the Department of Health (1997); a member of the Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Committee (2007-2008) which then became the Business and Enterprise Committee (2008-2009) and finally the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee (2009-2010). During his parliamentary career he was also a member of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, Chair of the All-Party Occupational Safety and Health Group, Chair of the All-Party Coal Fields Communities Group, Vice-Chair of the All-Party Fire Safety Group and a member of the North Atlantic Assembly.

    Michael Clapham's work with the Department of Trade and Industry (which later became the Department for Business Innovation & Skills) heavily involved Coalclaims (Coal Health Claims) which is the collective name for two compensation schemes run by the government through the Department of Trade & Industry. These schemes exist to compensate coal miners and their families in relation to respiratory disease and Vibration white finger (VWF).

    These records cover Michael Clapham's full parliamentary career from 1992 to 2010 and include correspondence, meeting minutes, reports, articles, research papers, statistics, presentations and memoranda that concern a very wide range of subjects and that reflect Clapham's day to day work in parliament. There are also very large sections of records that specifically relate to Michael Clapham's work on the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee (and its predecessors), the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Occupational Safety and Health, and the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.
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    Constituency work Series

    1992-2010
    Michael Clapham was the treasurer of the Barnsley West and Penistone Constituency Labour Party after 1983. He was elected as MP for Barnsley West and Penistone at the (10 April) 1992 General Election following the retirement of Allen McKay and he held this seat until he stood down at the 2010 General Election.

    This series of records relate to Michael Clapham's work in his constituency of Barnsley West and Penistone between 1992 and 2010. The records show the realities of local politics and the issues affecting constituents in the Barnsley West and Penistone area. The records include correspondence, reports and articles concerning issues such as: local transport; housing; the coal industry; healthcare; crime; education; and Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council.
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    The Miners Strike and Coal Mining in the 1980s/1990s Series

    c1980-2010
    After leaving school in 1958, Michael Clapham worked as a coal miner for 12 years before he returned to education, studying at Leeds Polytechnic and the University of Leeds. In 1974, he lectured in trade union studies at the Whitwood College in Castleford, before joining the National Union of Mineworkers in 1977 as a claims officer. He then became the NUM's head of industrial relations in 1983, the position he held for the duration of the miners' strike of 1984-1985, and the role he stepped down from on his election to the House of Commons in 1992. Throughout his parliamentary career, Clapham was heavily involved in the coal industry and particularly so in relation to the government's management of coal health claims.

    This series of records covers Michael Clapham's on-going work and relationship with the coal industry and includes correspondence, meeting minutes, reports, articles, research papers, statistics, presentations and memoranda that concern a very wide range of subjects, including: the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM); the closure of coal mines; coal miners' health claims; the issues affecting coalfield communities; the 1984-1985 miners' strike; the 1993-1994 Coal Industry Bill; the Coal Authority; and the future prospects for the coal industry.
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    Barnsley West and Penistone Constituency Labour Party Series

    1978-2006
    Michael Clapham was the treasurer of the Barnsley West and Penistone Constituency Labour Party after 1983. He was elected as MP for Barnsley West and Penistone at the (10 April) 1992 General Election following the retirement of Allen McKay. He held this seat until he stood down at the 2010 General Election.

    These records include the Barnsley West and Penistone Constituency Labour Party membership and minute book (1978-1986) as well as some financial records of the CLP (1989-1999 and 2005-2006).
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