Lord Lennie

Political Advisor

Chris Lennie, is a highly experienced political manager and campaigner who has worked extensively both when in government and opposition at the heart of Westminster, European and Local Government politics.

Born in 1953 Chris spent most of his childhood in Kent before coming to Newcastle to study History and English Literature. Following his graduation in 1976 Chris worked in the public sector for several years before embarking on a career in politics.

Chris worked as National Campaigns Manager for a major UK Trade Union until 1999 when he was appointed to set up and direct the newly formed Northern Region of the Labour Party under Prime Minister, Tony Blair.

In 2001, Chris was appointed Deputy General Secretary of the Labour Party, thereafter splitting time between the North East and London. For the next decade Chris was responsible for the strategic management and organisation of the Labour Party.

Chris now acts as External Relations adviser to the Labour Party.

Chris has maintained his family home in the North East throughout his working life, interspersed with short periods in Bristol, Glasgow and London. His partner, Anne, worked for 17 years in Organisation and Development at Sunderland Council following a successful career Lecturing in FE. He has two grown up children both of whom live and work in the North.

Chris is passionate about sport having played competitively from school to present day. Now a regular runner participating annually in the Great North Run, a golf nut and committed supporter of the Magpies.