Bob Cryer

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 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.

For the character of the same name in “The Bill”, see Bob Cryer (The Bill).

Bob Cryer
Member of Parliament
for Bradford South
In office
11 June 1987  12 April 1994
Preceded by Thomas Torney
Succeeded by Gerry Sutcliffe
Member of Parliament
for Keighley
In office
28 February 1974  13 May 1983
Preceded by Joan Hall
Succeeded by Gary Waller
Member of the European Parliament
for Sheffield
In office
14 June 1984  15 June 1989
Preceded by Richard Caborn
Succeeded by Roger Barton
Personal details
George Robert Cryer

(1934-12-03)3 December 1934
Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, England

Died 12 April 1994(1994-04-12) (aged 59)
Watford, Hertfordshire, England
Political party Labour

(m. 1963)

Children John Cryer
Education University of Hull

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

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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.

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]

Labour leader John Smith (who would die exactly one month after Cryer) paid tribute to Cryer after his death praising his ‘genial wit and mocking sense of humor’. He said Mr Cryer, 59, a member of the Campaign Group, had been ‘the House of Commons specialist on checking the abuse of secondary legislation and he was a terrier-like upholder of the rights of Parliament’.

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