20 Facts About Denis Macshane


Denis MacShane was born on Josef Denis Matyjaszek; 21 May 1948 and is a British former politician, author and commentator who served as Minister of State for Europe from 2002 to 2005.

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Denis Macshane joined the Labour Party in 1970 and has held most party offices.

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Denis Macshane was Member of Parliament for Rotherham from 1994 to his resignation in 2012.

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Denis Macshane worked as a BBC journalist and trade unionist before completing a PhD at Birkbeck, University of London.

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Denis Macshane contested the Solihull constituency in October 1974 but was unsuccessful.

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Denis Macshane returned to the backbenches following the 2005 general election.

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Denis Macshane served his sentence in HM Prison Belmarsh and HM Prison Brixton, and subsequently by wearing an electronic tag.

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Denis Macshane was educated at the independent St Benedict's School in Ealing, before going on to study at Merton College, Oxford.

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Denis Macshane changed his surname to his mother's maiden name at the request of his employers.

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Denis Macshane was fired by the BBC after using a fake name to call the radio phone-in programme he worked on at the time.

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Denis Macshane became an activist for the National Union of Journalists and later its president 1978 to 1979.

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Denis Macshane was policy director of the International Metal Workers' Federation from 1980 to 1992, and he completed a PhD in international economics at Birkbeck, University of London in 1990.

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Denis Macshane caused some embarrassment to the government in 2002 by describing President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela as a 'ranting, populist demagogue' and compared him to Benito Mussolini during a failed military coup attempt to depose the democratically elected president.

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Denis Macshane was appointed a member of the Privy Council in 2005.

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Denis Macshane was chair of the inquiry panel of the All-Party Parliamentary Group against Antisemitism, which reported in September 2006.

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Denis Macshane was alleged to have passed twelve invoices from the "European Policy Institute" for "research and translation" expenses to the parliamentary authorities, and claimed for eight laptop computers in three years.

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Denis Macshane continued to write columns for The Guardian, as well as appearing on television programmes relating to European affairs both in Britain and in other European countries.

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Denis Macshane served his sentence in HM Prison Belmarsh and HM Prison Brixton, and subsequently by wearing an electronic tag.

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Denis Macshane has written more than ten books on European politics including three on Brexit about which he writes and broadcasts regularly in Britain and Europe.

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Denis Macshane is the author of several books on European politics, most notably Brexit: How Britain will Leave Europe, written in 2014, which warned that the EU referendum in the UK would result in a vote to quit Europe.

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