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

Austin Mitchell was a British Labour Party politician and journalist who was the Member of Parliament know all about him in this article as like his Family, Net Worth, Parents, Wife, Children and Career

Name Austin Mitchell
Birthdate ( Age) 19 September 1934
Place of Birth Bradford, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Marital Status  Married
Wife/Partner Linda McDougall (m. 1976)
Children Susan Mitchell
Father Name Not Known
Mother Name Not Known
Profession British Labour Party politician and journalist
Net Worth $2.5 million
Last Update August 2021

Austin Vernon Mitchell ONZM  was a British Labour Party politician and journalist who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Great Grimsby from a 1977 by-election to 2015. He was the Chair of the Labour Euro-Safeguards Campaign.

In the 1960s and 70s New Zealand remained a milder version of the socialist laboratory it had been since 1935.

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,[5] Bingley Grammar School, the University of Manchester, where he read History, and Nuffield College, Oxford. His doctoral thesis, “The Whigs in opposition, 1815–1830”, was published in 1963.

From 1959 to 1963 he lectured in history at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. While lecturing in politics from 1963 to 1967 at the University of Canterbury, Mitchell wrote a popular book about New Zealand, The Half Gallon Quarter Acre Pavlova Paradise (1972).

 The book title became a phrase in the New Zealand English lexicon. In the 1960s and 70s New Zealand remained a milder version of the socialist laboratory it had been since 1935. In the 1980s and 90s the same socialist Labour party’s government transformed it into an open-market economy. These drastic changes provided ample subject matter for social analysis and 30 years later Mitchell wrote Pavlova Paradise Revisited (2002) as well as a video series accessible on NZ on Screen, after another New Zealand expedition. From 1967 to 1969 Mitchell was an Official Fellow at Nuffield College.

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 Vernon Mitchell ONZM was a British Labour Party politician and journalist who was the Member of Parliament for Great Grimsby who has an estimated Net Worth of between $2.5 million in 2021. 

Professional Career

He was elected to Parliament at a by-election in 1977, following the death of the previous MP, the Foreign Secretary Tony Crosland. At the time Mitchell identified himself as a Gaitskellite.

Mitchell supported the introduction of television cameras to the House of Commons, raising it for discussion in 1983.The move opened the proceedings of the House to the wider public, who previously had only been able to follow via newspapers and, from 1978, radio. In 1986, following the John Stalker inquiry to alleged Royal Ulster Constabulary “shoot-to-kill” policies in Northern Ireland, a policeman Chief Inspector Brian Woollard claimed he had been removed from the inquiry by a group of freemasons; Mitchell backed Woollard and argued that there should be a national register of all people in authority who are freemasons.

Beginning in the 1990s, Mitchell helped to highlight Jersey’s role in faciliating tax evasion, drug trafficking, and money laundering, as well as the island’s secretive partnership with accountancy firms Price Waterhouse and Ernst & Young to enact LLP legislation to minimise accountants’ liabilities.In the 2001 Queen’s Birthday Honours, Mitchell was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to New Zealand interests in the United Kingdom.

In October 2002, he temporarily changed his name to Austin Haddock as haddock is a staple catch for his constituents that was suffering a decline and it was his wish to promote it.He was chair of the Parliamentary All-Party Photography Group and campaigned for the recognition of photographers’ rights after an over-zealous police officer deleted photographs, without his permission from his camera’s memory card at the 2005 Labour Conference in Brighton.

In 2007, Mitchell wrote a front-page article for The Independent newspaper in which he criticised the treatment of a family of asylum-seekers in his constituency. This article quoted him as saying that certain correspondents on the subject to the website of the local newspaper, the Grimsby Telegraph, were “lumpen lunatics.”The Grimsby Telegraph covered the response in which it stood by the MP but also reported that a number of readers had called for his resignation.

He was a member of the Socialist Campaign Group – although this affiliation did not prevent him from nominating Gordon Brown (rather than John McDonnell) for the 2007 Labour Party leadership election. As a supporter of the Better Off Out campaign, Mitchell was a Eurosceptic and he opposed the Common Fisheries Policy. He supported Leave in the 2016 referendum on EU membership, and he commented that ‘the EU is a racket run at Britain’s expense, a system bonding national elites together to ignore the people’.

Mitchell was also a keen supporter of the Additional Member System, (the electoral system used in elections to the Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly), and called a Private Members’ Debate on this issue on 1 December 2009.During 2010, Mitchell participated in Tower Block of Commons, a Channel 4 documentary where MPs live in tower blocks and in with ordinary residents in deprived areas. Mitchell, who insisted on living in his own flat with his wife instead of living with the local residents, was criticised for his apparent lack of engagement in comparison to his Liberal Democrat and Conservative counterparts. He claimed the production company misled him.[30] Mitchell was the President of the Debating Group.