|Member of Parliament|
for Morley and Rothwell
Morley and Leeds South (1992-1997)
9 April 1992 – 14 May 2001
|Preceded by||Merlyn Rees|
|Succeeded by||Colin Challen|
|Leader of West Yorkshire County Council|
|Succeeded by||Council abolished|
|Leeds City Councillor|
for Hunslet Ward
1986 – 1992
|Preceded by||Trevor Park|
|Succeeded by||Geoffrey Driver|
|Born||1 October 1933|
|Died||28 January 2008 74) (aged|
|Alma mater||University of Leeds|
He was born in Birmingham, and educated at King Edward's School, Birmingham. He gained a BSc in General Studies in 1955, and a PGCE in 1958 from the University of Leeds. As a conscientious objector during National Service he was a hospital porter at St Bartholomew's Hospital, London. In the 1960s he was a chemistry teacher at the United Nations International School in New York City. From 1970 to 1988 he was a Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Leeds.
At the 1992 election he was returned as Member of Parliament (MP) for Morley and Leeds South. That constituency was abolished at the 1997 election, and he was re-elected for the new Morley and Rothwell constituency. At the 2001 election he retired due to ill-health, and the seat was held for Labour by Colin Challen.
He was married with three sons and one daughter. He was a keen follower of sport, being a Member of both Yorkshire and Warwickshire County Cricket Clubs. He supported West Bromwich Albion Football Club as a child and watched most of Leeds United's home games between 1970 and 2005.
Gunnell died on 28 January 2008 in Wakefield aged 74.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by John Gunnell
- They Work For You
- Ask Aristotle
- Obituary from The Independent:
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
| Member of Parliament for Morley and Leeds South
|New constituency|| Member of Parliament for Morley and Rothwell