Tony Young is a Shadow BIS Minister, speaking for Labour in the Lords on further education and apprenticeships. He was made a life Peer in 2004. Tony was previously a Minister, as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Skills and Apprenticeships (2008) and assumed additional responsibility for Employment Relations and Postal Affairs in BIS (2009).
Before entering Parliament, Tony’s was in the trade union movement where he had a distinguished career. He started as a telecommunications apprentice for the General Post Office (1958) and held various positions in the Post Office Engineering Union (1967-1995). He was elected General Secretary of the National Communications Union (1989) and became Joint General Secretary of the Communication Workers Union following a merger with the UCW (1995). He was elected Senior Deputy General Secretary of the CWU in 1998 while he worked as Governor of the BBC (1998-2002). Tony became a member of the TUC General Council in 1989 and was President in 2001. He was appointed to the Armed Forces’ Pay Review Board (2004 – 2008). He is currently the Vice-Chair of the Ethical Trading Initiative and serves as a school governor at his local primary school.
In his spare time, Tony plays both tennis and table tennis.
For more information, read Tony's Parliamentary biography - available here.