- Keith Hill (politician)
name = Keith Hill
constituency_MP = Streatham
majority = 7,466 (18.4%)
9 April 1992
birth_date = Birth date and age|1943|07|28|df=yes
nationality = British
party = Labour
Corpus Christi College, Oxford, University of Wales, Aberystwyth
Trevor Keith Hill, known as Keith Hill, (born
28 July 1943, Leicester) is a politician in the United Kingdomwho has served in a variety of Government roles as a Whip and a junior minister.
He is Labour
Member of Parliamentfor Streatham, where he was first elected in 1992. As well as the suburb of Streatham, his south Londonconstituency also includes the southern parts of Claphamand Brixtonand the area of Balham within Lambeth (between Cavendish Road and Thornton Road).
Keith Hill announced on
23 May 2007that he would be standing down as an MP at the next UK general election. [http://www.keithhillmp.org.uk/westminster/keith-hill-to-retire.html]
T. Keith Hill was educated at City Boys' Grammar School in
Leicester, from where he won a scholarship to Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He went on to complete a Diploma in Education at University College of Wales, Aberystwyth.
He was then a politics lecturer, firstly in the
University of Leicesterand at the University of Strathclydefrom 1969–1973. He worked as a research officer for the Labour Party's International Department from 1974–1976 before becoming a political officer for the National Union of Railwaymen, subsequently amalgamated into the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers(RMT). In the 1979 general election he stood unsuccessfully as Labour Candidate in Blaby.
In the 1992 election, Hill outperformed Labour's national performance by being the first Labour MP ever elected for the
Streathamconstituency. He defeated the incumbent Conservative MP Sir William Shelton by a convincing margin. This partly reflected changing demographics in the constituency, which includes a large swathe of Brixton. However, it also reflected Hill's assiduous personal campaign in the years before the election, which contrasted favourably with Shelton's neglect of his constituency duties.
Following his election as an MP, he sat on the Select Committee for Transport from 1992 to 1997. His first Government appointment was as Parliamentary Private Secretary to
Hilary Armstrongin 1997. He became an Assistant Government Whip from 1998 to 1999.
Keith Hill's ministerial career started when he was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary for Transport (as well as Minister for London) at the then Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR) in 1999. During his time at DETR, he was responsible for local transport and transport in London.
As Minister for London, Keith Hill was closely involved in preparing the way for London mayoral elections. This was a task that he took to with clear relish - regional television viewers saw Mr Hill doing a rap in the middle of
Trafalgar Squarewith a baseball hat on back to front to try and encourage young Londoners to vote in the elections [Newsroom Southeast (BBC Television) 14 February 2000] .
In the ministerial appointments following the 2001 election, Keith Hill moved to the position of Deputy Chief Whip.
13 June 2003reshuffle, Hill was promoted to Minister of Staterank and joined the Privy Council. He served as Minister for Housing and Planning at the Office of the Deputy Prime Ministeruntil the 2005 General Election. During this period he had lead responsibility for housing, planning, the Thames Gateway, urban policy and liveability issues, and was Minister for London and the Dome.
In the reshuffle following the 2005 general election, Keith Hill was appointed
Parliamentary Private Secretaryto the Prime Minister, Rt Hon Tony Blair MP. He returned to the backbenches on Gordon Brownbecoming Prime Minister in June 2007.
Keith Hill is married and his interests include walking, reading (modern European literature), films, music and
surfingFact|date=June 2007. He is reputed to have enquired jokingly to a constituent who had complained at how Streathamhad gone downhill, "Why else do you think you've got a Labour MP?" He also used to share a flat with the comedian Eddie Izzard. [ [http://www.eddieizzard.com/news/news.izz?id=104 Transcript of Eddie Izzard interviewing Tony Blair at Labour Party conference with Keith Hill present - 25 September 2005] ] He was described by Routledge's Almanac of British Politics as "One of the government's insufficiently sung heroes".
How Keith Hill voted on key issues since 2001( [http://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/keith_hill/streatham They Work For You] ):
* Voted against a transparent Parliament.
* Voted for introducing a smoking ban.
* Voted for introducing ID cards.
* Voted for introducing foundation hospitals.
* Voted for introducing student top-up fees.
* Voted for Labour's anti-terrorism laws.
* Voted for the Iraq war.
* Voted against investigating the Iraq war.
* Voted for replacing Trident.
* Voted for the hunting ban.
* Voted for equal gay rights.
* [http://www.keithhillmp.org.uk/ Keith Hill] official site
* [http://politics.guardian.co.uk/person/0,9290,-2417,00.html Guardian Unlimited Politics - Ask Aristotle: Keith Hill MP]
* [http://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/keith_hill TheyWorkForYou.com - Keith Hill MP] voting record
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