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Austin Vernon Mitchell, New Zealand member of parliament. Opposition spokesman for Trade and Industry, 1987-1989.


MITCHELL, Austin Vernon was born on September 19, 1934 in Baildon, Yorkshire, United Kingdom. Parents: Richard Vernon Mitchell and Ethel Mary Mitchell (née Butterworth).


Bingley Grammar; Manchester University, Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, 1957. Oxford University, Master of Arts, D.Phil., 1963. Spoken languages: French.


Member of Parliament, since 1977. Parliamentary Private Secretary to Minister of State for Prices and Consumer Protection, 1977-1979. Opposition Whip, 1980-1985.

Shadow Spokesman on Trade and Industry, 1987-1989. Laboratory Spokesman on Satellite Television, 198992. Lecturer. Otago University, New Zealand, 1959-1963.

Senior lecturer in politics, University of Canterbury, New Zealand, 196367. Official Fellow, Nuffield College, Oxford, 1967-1969. Journalist, Yorkshire Television, 1969-1977.

Presenter, British Broadcasting Corporation, 1972-1973. Director, Pennine Radio, 1975-1979. Presenter. Sky TV, since 1989.



Church of England.


Clubs: National Union of Journalists. General and Municipal Workers Union. Political Studies Association.


  • Other Interests

    Photography, contemplating exercise.


Spouse Linda Mary McDougall. Children: Susan, Kiri, Jonathan, Hannah.