Austin Mitchell Family, Net Worth, Parents, Wife and Career

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Austin Mitchell was a British Labour Party politician and journalist died at the age of 86 .Austin Mitchell Family belongs to Bradford, United Kingdom. He led the Labour Euro-Safeguards Campaign as its chairman. New Zealand remained a milder version of the socialist laboratory it had been since 1935 throughout the 1960s and 1970s.

He taught history at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, from 1959 to 1963. Mitchell authored The Half Gallon Quarter Acre Pavlova Paradise, a well-known book about New Zealand, while teaching politics at the University of Canterbury from 1963 to 1967. (1972). The title of the book entered the New Zealand English lexicon. New Zealand remained a milder version of the socialist laboratory it had been since 1935 throughout the 1960s and 1970s.

Austin Mitchell Bio

NameAustin Mitchell
Birthdate ( Age)19 September 1934
Place of BirthBradford, United Kingdom
Marital Status Married
Wife/PartnerLinda McDougall (m. 1976)
ChildrenSusan Mitchell
FatherName Not Known
MotherName Not Known
ProfessionBritish Labour Party politician and journalist
Net Worth$2.5 million
Last Update2023

Early Life and Family

Born in Bradford, Mitchell was the elder son of Richard Vernon Mitchell and Ethel Mary Butterworth. He was educated at Woodbottom Council School in Baildon, Bingley Grammar School, the University of Manchester, where he read History, and Nuffield College, Oxford.

Austin Mitchell wife

Austin married Dorothea Patricia Jackson in 1959: they had two daughters, Susan Ngaio and Nicola Rewa, but divorced in 1966. In 1976, he married New Zealand television producer and writer Linda McDougall: they had one son, Jonathan Vernon Mitchell, and one daughter, Hannah Kezia Mitchell.

Austin Mitchell Net Worth

Austin Mitchell has an estimated Net Worth of between $2.5 million at the time of his death.

Professional Career

Beginning in the 1990s, Mitchell drew attention to Jersey’s role in facilitating tax evasion, drug trafficking, and money laundering, as well as the island’s secretive partnership with Price Waterhouse and Ernst & Young to enact LLP legislation to limit accountants’ liability.

Mitchell was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2001 Queen’s Birthday Honours for his service to New Zealand interests in the United Kingdom.

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In October 2002, he temporarily changed his name to Austin Haddock because haddock is a popular catch among his constituents that was declining and he wished to promote it.

At the 2005 Labour Conference in Brighton, an overzealous police officer deleted photographs from his camera’s memory card without his permission. As chair of the Parliamentary All-Party Photography Group, he campaigned for the recognition of photographers’ rights.

In a 2007 article published on the front page of The Independent, Mitchell criticised the treatment of an asylum-seeking family in his constituency. He was quoted in this article as calling certain correspondents to the website of the local newspaper, the Grimsby Telegraph, “lunatics.” The Grimsby Telegraph covered the response in which it defended the member of parliament, but also reported that a number of readers had called for his resignation.

Even though he was a member of the Socialist Campaign Group, he supported Gordon Brown over John McDonnell in the 2007 Labour Party leadership election. Mitchell was a Euroskeptic and opposed the Common Fisheries Policy as a supporter of the Better Off Out campaign. In the 2016 EU membership referendum, he supported the Leave campaign and stated, “the EU is a racket run at Britain’s expense, a system that binds national elites together to ignore the people.”

Mitchell was also an ardent supporter of the Additional Member System (the electoral system used in elections to the Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly) and on December 1, 2009, he called for a Private Members’ Debate on this topic.

Mitchell participated in the 2010 Channel 4 documentary Tower Block of Commons, in which MPs live in tower blocks alongside ordinary residents of deprived areas.

Mitchell, who insisted on living in his own apartment with his wife rather than with the locals, was criticised for his apparent lack of engagement compared to his Liberal Democrat and Conservative counterparts. He asserted that the production company deceived him. Mitchell was the Debate Group’s President.