Nick Raynsford

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Wyvill Richard Nicolls Raynsford (born 28 January 1945), known as Nick Raynsford, is a British Labour Party politician. A government minister from 1997 to 2005, he has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Greenwich & Woolwich since 1997, having previously been MP Greenwich from 1992 to 1997, and for Fulham from 1986 to 1987.


Early life

He is the son of the later Wyvill Raynsford and Patricia Raynsford (née Dunn) and brought up at Milton Manor in Milton Malsor[1] a village just outside the town of Northampton. He was educated at Repton School and Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, from which he graduated with a BA degree in history in 1966. He also has a diploma in Art and Design from the Chelsea School of Art.[2]

At university Raynsford was rusticated (suspended) for a year for night climbing. In the course of this he had displayed a banner against the Vietnam War between the pinnacles of King's College Chapel.[3]


He married Anne Jelley in 1968, and they had three daughters. He is separated from his wife, and is now the partner of Alison Seabeck, the Labour MP for Plymouth Moor View.[4]

Member of Parliament

Raynsford was first elected a Member of Parliament (MP) for the Labour Party in a by-election in Fulham Constituency in 1986, but at the 1987 General Election lost to Conservative candidate Matthew Carrington.

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