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Joan Humble

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Joan Humble
Member of Parliament
for Blackpool North and Fleetwood
In office
1 May 1997 – 12 April 2010
Preceded byConstituency established
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
Personal details
Jovanka Piplica

(1951-03-03) 3 March 1951 (age 73)
Skipton, West Riding of Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Political partyLabour
SpousePaul Humble
Alma materLancaster University

Joan Humble[1] (born Jovanka Piplica; 3 March 1951) is a British Labour Party politician, who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Blackpool North and Fleetwood from 1997 to 2010.

Early life


Humble's first job was working in a delicatessen.[2] Humble was educated at Keighley Girls (now known as Greenhead High School) and Lancaster University where she received a BA degree in History in 1972. She worked as a civil servant in the Department of Health and Social Security from 1972, before moving to the Inland Revenue in 1973. She left the civil service in 1977 to raise her two daughters. She served as a school governor for fifteen years from 1982. In 1985, she was elected as a councillor to Lancashire County Council where she served until her election to Parliament.[citation needed]

Parliamentary career


She was elected at the 1997 general election for the new Lancashire seat of Blackpool North and Fleetwood. She defeated Harold Elletson, the sitting Conservative MP for Blackpool North, by 8,946 votes. From 1998 to 2001 she served on select committees for social security, and from 2001 its replacement Work and Pensions. She was the chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on Childcare, Social Care, Myodil & Army Deaths.

Although selected as the Labour Party candidate to contest the new constituency of Blackpool North and Cleveleys at the 2010 general election, Humble announced on 27 February 2010 that she would stand down at the election. At the election, the Conservative Paul Maynard won the seat on a 6.9% swing.

Personal life


She married Paul Humble in 1972 in Halifax. She is a Christian socialist.


  1. ^ "Humble, (Jovanka) Joan, (born 3 March 1951), JP". Who's Who. 2007. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U21168. ISBN 978-0-19-954088-4. {{cite book}}: |website= ignored (help)
  2. ^ My first job - Joan Humble MP, archived from the original on 12 December 2021, retrieved 20 March 2021

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