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Michael Meacher

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The Right Honourable Michael Hugh Meacher (born November 4, 1939) is a British politician, member of Parliament for Oldham.

He was first elected to Parliament in 1970, and served as a minister under Harold Wilson and James Callaghan. During opposition he was in the Shadow Cabinet for fourteen years. He was seen as a figure on the left and an ally of Tony Benn and stood as the left's candidate against Roy Hattersley in the 1983 leadership election.

Since then he lost some of his reputation as a firebrand, enough that Tony Blair felt able to appoint him a junior minister at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. He was sacked in June 2003, and since then has attacked the government on a number of issues, notably the 2003 Iraq war and genetically modified food.

He appeared briefly as himself in the 1985 BBC Television drama serial Edge of Darkness.

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