Leeds MPs

CHALLEN, Colin Robert (born 1953) Labour. Printer and publisher.

After university he eventually became a printer and publisher. He then took up politics professionally and became an organiser for the Labour Party. In 1986 he became a councillor for Kingston upon Hull. He stood unsuccessfully in the 1992 general election for Beverley but in 2001 succeeded in taking Morley & Rothwell with a majority of 12,090. He served on various committees, campaigned for a 55mph speed limit and for thirty years was a keen supporter of the League Against Cruel Sports. In 2005 he founded the All Party Parliamentary Group on Climate Change arguing that the ‘catastrophic destabilisation of global climate represents the greatest threat that humanity faces.’ To support his views in 2009 he published Too Little Too Late: the politics of climate change. That same year his name was linked with the MPs expenses’ scandal. The Boundary Commissioners abolished his constituency and allegations were made in the press that pressure had been brought to bear on him not stand in 2010. In 2011 he became a councillor on Scarborough Borough Council. For further reading see Daily Telegraph, 27 May 2009; Yorkshire Evening Post, 21 August 2009.