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George Robert Cryer

Member of Parliament
for Bradford South
In office
Preceded byThomas Torney
Succeeded byGerry Sutcliffe
Member of Parliament
for Keighley
In office
February 1974 – 1983
Preceded byJoan Hall
Succeeded byGary Waller
Member of the European Parliament
for Sheffield
In office
Preceded byRichard Caborn
Succeeded byRoger Barton
Personal details
Born(1934-12-03)3 December 1934
Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Died12 April 1994(1994-04-12) (aged 59)

George Robert Cryer (3 December 1934 – 12 April 1994) was an English Labour Party politician from Yorkshire. He sat in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Keighley from 1974 to until his defeat in 1983. He then served as the Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for Sheffield from 1984 to 1989, and returned to the Commons as MP for Bradford South from 1987 until his death in 1994.

He was one of founders of the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway.

Early life

Born in Bradford, Cryer was educated at Salt High School, Shipley, and the University of Hull. He worked as a teacher and lecturer.[1]

After British Railways closed the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway line in 1962, Cryer was one of a group of people who formed the KWVR Preservation Society, which bought the line and reopened it. As the society's first chairman, he helped to facilitate the shooting of the film The Railway Children on the line in the summer of 1970 and had a small part in it, as a guard.

Political career

Cryer first stood for Parliament at Darwen in 1964, but was defeated by the incumbent Conservative MP, Charles Fletcher-Cooke.

He was elected the Labour Member of Parliament for Keighley from 1974 to 1983 and represented Bradford South from 1987 until his death in a road traffic accident on 12 April 1994 when he was 59. He was the MEP for Sheffield from 1984 until 1989.

At the start of the Queen's Speech debate on 21 November 1989 – the first time the House of Commons was televised – Cryer raised a point of order on the subject of access to the House, denying the Conservative MP Ian Gow, who was to move the Loyal Address to the Speech from the Throne, the accolade of being the first MP (apart from the Speaker, Bernard Weatherill) to speak in the Commons on TV.

Cryer supported a number of left-wing causes and he was also a Eurosceptic.[2]


Cryer died in a car accident on 12 April 1994 when the Rover he was driving to London overturned on the M1 motorway near Junction 5 at Watford. His wife Ann survived the crash.[3]


His wife Ann Cryer was MP for Keighley between 1997 and 2010, and their son John Cryer is the MP for Leyton and Wanstead.[4]



  1. ^ Who's Who, 1987
  2. ^ Retrieved 22 February 2016
  3. ^ "Bob Cryer, champion of Labour Left, dies in car crash". The Independent. 13 April 1994. Retrieved 18 April 2013.
  4. ^ "MP For The Keighley Constituency Ann Cryer". - Wharfedale's Community on the Web. Wharfedale Online Trust. Archived from the original on 27 December 2008. Retrieved 28 June 2009.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Joan Hall
Member of Parliament for Keighley
February 1974–1983
Succeeded by
Gary Waller
Preceded by
Thomas Torney
Member of Parliament for Bradford South
Succeeded by
Gerry Sutcliffe
European Parliament
Preceded by
Richard Caborn
Member of the European Parliament for Sheffield
Succeeded by
Roger Barton
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