Lord (Vernon) Coaker

Member, 999 Cenotaph Cross-Party Committee

Lord Vernon Coaker was the Labour Member of Parliament for Gedling for 22 years and in this time had a number of Ministerial roles including Minister of State for Policing, Crime and Safety, Minister of State for Schools, Shadow Secretary for Defence, Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. In March 2021 Vernon entered the House of Lords as a Labour Peer and leads of Defence, works on Hone Office Issues and is in the Whips Office. Vernon continues his international work on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery and is a Research Fellow in Anti-Slavery policy at the University of Nottingham.

Speaking of his appointment as a member of the 999 Cenotaph Parliamentary Committee, Lord Vernon Coaker, said: “As a son of a Police Officer I have grown up knowing the true value and heroics of those that serve in our emergency services. It is an absolute honour to be supporting the 999 Cenotaph campaign. Each day they are putting others before themselves and are there for us when we need it the most. They do a phenomenal job and all too often they are our unsung heroes. Now we have a chance to honour each and everyone of them that has lost their lives. A 999 cenotaph will give them the national recognition they so richly deserve, and I look forward to working with the committee to make sure this happens.”