- Richard Caborn
name = Richard Caborn
constituency_MP = Sheffield Central
majority = 7,055 (23.5%)
predecessor = "constituency created"
9 June 1983
birth_date = birth date and age|1943|10|6|df=yes
nationality = British
spouse = Margaret Hayes
party = Labour
Sheffield Hallam University
Richard George Caborn (born
6 October 1943) is a British politician. He has been the Labour Member of Parliamentfor Sheffield Central since June 1983. Until June 28 2007he was the Minister of Sport with the rank of Minister of Stateat the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. He has now stepped down as Minister for Sport to be appointed as Gordon Brown's ambassador for a possible 2018 World Cupbid. [ [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/main.jhtml?xml=/sport/2007/06/28/ubond328.xml Caborn ambassador for 2018 World Cup bid] , " The Daily Telegraph", 28 June 2007]
Dick Caborn was born in
Sheffieldand was educated at the Hurlfield Secondary Modern Boys School until 1958 (now Sheffield Springs Academysince September 2006, became comprehensive in 1966) on "East Bank Road", Intake in Sheffield; Granville College of Further Education (now [http://my.sheffcol.ac.uk/index.cfm?pid=936EA5C3-5DE4-4F35-BFB7-83BCB2764004 Castle College] , part of Sheffield College); and Sheffield Polytechnic (now Sheffield Hallam University), where he qualified as an engineer. He began an engineering apprenticeshipin 1959, and became a convenor of shop stewards at Firth Brown Ltd in 1967, where he worked as a fitter. He was elected as the Vice President of the Sheffield Trades Council1968-1979. He became a governor of the BBCfor three years in 1975. He is a member of the Co-operative Partyand of Amicus(formerly AEEU).
In 1979, he was elected as a
Member of the European Parliamentfor Sheffield where he remained until 1984. He contested the new parliamentary seat of Sheffield Central at the 1983 General Election, following the decision to retire of the Labour MP for Sheffield Park and former Cabinet member Fred Mulley, and was elected somewhat easily with a majority of 16,790, and has remained the MP there since.
Caborn joined the
frontbenchunder Neil Kinnockin 1988 when he became an opposition spokesman on Trade and Industry, becoming a spokesman of Regional Affairs in 1990. After the 1992 General Election he became the chairman of the Trade and Industry Select Committee where he served until 1995 when he became an opposition spokesman on the Lord Chancellor's Department. Following Labour's decisive victory at the 1997 General Election, he entered the government of Tony Blairas the Minister of State at the Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions, in which role he was closely involved in establishing the English Regional Development Agencies. He was also a strong supporter of English regional government, but after negative responses from referendums in the north of England in 2004 this was dropped by government. He then moved with the same position at the Department of Trade and Industry in 1999. He became a Member of the Privy Council in 1999, and since the 2001 General Election he has served as the Minister of Sport. In relation to the Wembley Stadiumrebuilding project, he announced in October 2005: "They say the Cup Final will be there, barring six feet of snow or something like that".
Caborn was seen as a close ally of
John Prescott, having ran his campaigns for the deputy leadership of the Labour Party in 1992 (whilst supporting Bryan Gouldfor leader). He also ran Prescott's campaign for both deputy and leader in 1994. He is very much one of the more old Labour figures in government and is a former Bennite, and was very active on South Africaissues, being very pro-Mandela and anti-apartheid, and has even run concerts in support of the African National Congress. He was an active supporter of Arthur Scargillduring the 1984-1985 miners' strike.
30 December 2005, Caborn publicly announced his support for capped wages in British football.
28 June 2007it was announced he would step down as Minister for Sport to become an ambassador for Britain's possible 2018 World Cup bid. In this role he will oversee the appointment of the bid's senior team and liaise between ministers and the Football Association. He will also play a key role in lobbying FIFA.
Caborn announced on
13 September 2007that he will stand down at the next general election. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/south_yorkshire/6993935.stm Caborn to stand down as city MP] , " BBC News", 13 September 2007]
During his time as Minister of Sport he ran in many marathons and fun runs. He has been married to Margaret Hayes since
21 May 1966, and they have a son and a daughter. He enjoys a round of golfto relax and he is an avid supporter of Sheffield United football club.
* [http://www.culture.gov.uk/about_dcms/ministers/richard_caborn.htm Department for Culture, Media and Sport - Rt Hon Richard Caborn MP] official profile
* [http://politics.guardian.co.uk/person/0,9290,-789,00.html Guardian Unlimited Politics - Ask Aristotle: Richard Caborn MP]
* [http://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/richard_caborn/sheffield_central TheyWorkForYou.com - Richard Caborn MP]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/mpdb/html/511.stm BBC Politics profile]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/1383786.stm Becoming Sports Minister in June 2001]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/funny_old_game/1393307.stm Radio Five Live quiz in June 2001]
* [http://politics.guardian.co.uk/interviews/story/0,,1446850,00.html 2005 interview with the Guardian]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/media/audio/38176000/rm/_38176459_caborn_olympic_bid.ram Talking in 2002 about a possible Olympic bid]
* [http://www.sportindustrygroup.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=21&Itemid=26 Interviewed by the Sport Industry Group in October 2006]
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