Alan Hurst (politician)

Alan Hurst (politician)

Alan Arthur Hurst (born 2 September 1945) is a solicitor and Labour Party politician in the United Kingdom. He was Member of Parliament (MP) for Braintree in Essex from 1997 to 2005.

Early life

He is the son of George Hurst. He attended Westcliff High School for Boys in Westcliff-on-Sea. From the University of Liverpool, he gained a BA in History.

Before his election as MP he had been deputy leader of Southend-on-Sea Council, joining the council in 1968. He continued to practise part-time as a solicitor while an MP.

Parliamentary career

At the 1997 general election he caused a stir by overturning Tony Newton's majority of c. 17,000, by a majority of just over 1,400; Braintree had been Conservative since the 1955 election. Almost as surprising (though not with hindsight, since the Tories made next to no progress nationally in 2001) was his holding the seat at the 2001 general election, though this time with a majority of 358, making it Labour's second-most marginal victory at that election and the sixth-most overall. He lost the seat in the 2005 general election to Brooks Newmark of the Conservative Party.

Hurst never held government office, remaining a backbencher. He served on the Select Committee for agriculture for a time (including during the 2001 UK foot and mouth crisis) and then on the Speaker's Panel. He occasionally rebelled against the government (see [|his "Public" Whip page] ), often on judicial issues, though not on any high-profile issues or as part of any major rebellions, with the exception of supporting an amendment to the top-up fees bill (Higher Education Act 2004) which would have removed such fees from the bill whilst maintaining other aspects of it, an attempt to have the bill's increased funding for universities without higher fees (presumably by putting up the basic or higher rate of income tax or introducing a graduate tax); the government claimed that the greater funding (almost, though not quite, universally accepted to be necessary) could only be achieved with top-up fees, so the choice was fees or continuing underfunding, but many saw this as a false dichotomy imposed by the government (which had pledged not to raise income tax - indeed, had cut it in its first term - and had already raised National Insurance contributions once, though this move was very popular) to hold funding hostage, as it were, and ensure the bill's passing. This rebellion was not overly important, as the much larger rebellion on the bill's second reading had already failed (by a mere five votes). He did vote for a total ban on hunting with dogs when the government was proposing mere restriction, but this was not, strictly speaking, a rebellion as it was a free vote.

Personal life

He married Hilary Burch in 1976. They have two sons and a daughter.

External links

* [ They Work For You]
* [,,-2618,00.html Ask Aristotle]

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Alan Hurst — may refer to:* Alan Hurst (politician) (born 1945), British Labour Party Member of Parliament (MP) for Braintree 1997 ndash;2005 * Alan Hurst (cricketer) (born 1950), former Australian cricketer …   Wikipedia

  • Hurst — in English toponyms refers to a woodland hill or a grove, from Middle English hyrst , cognate with Low German horst , a wooded height. Hurst may refer:People* Alan Hurst (cricketer) * Alan Hurst (politician), British politician * Andrew Hurst *… …   Wikipedia

  • Mike Hubbard (politician) — Mike Hubbard 65th Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives Incumbent Assumed office 2011 Governor Robert Bentley Preceded by Seth Hammett …   Wikipedia

  • 2001 United Kingdom general election result in Essex — 1997 results in Essex | Constituencies in Essex | 2005 results in EssexResults by constituency for the United Kingdom general election, 2001 in the county of Essex.Overall Result{| class= wikitable bgcolor= CCCCCC colspan= 2 rowspan= 1 align=… …   Wikipedia

  • 2005 United Kingdom general election result in Essex — 2001 results in Essex | Constituencies in Essex | 2009/10 results in EssexResults by constituency for the United Kingdom general election, 2005 in the county of Essex.For other collated results see: *2005 United Kingdom general election results… …   Wikipedia

  • 1950 in Australia — Infobox Australian year monarch = George VI governor general = William McKell pm =Robert Menzies population = 8,178,696 australian = elections =NSW, VIC, QLD, WA, SA, TAS See also: 1949 in Australia, other events of 1950, 1951 in Australia and… …   Wikipedia

  • Braintree (UK Parliament constituency) — UK constituency infobox Name = Braintree Map1 = Braintree Map2 = Essex Type = County Year = 1974 Entity = Essex County = Essex EP = East of England MP = Brooks Newmark Party = ConservativeBraintree is a constituency represented in the House of… …   Wikipedia

  • List of English people — This is a partial list of English people of note and of some notable individuals born in England, alphabetically within categories.Actors and actresses*Dame Julie Andrews (born 1935) *Naveen Andrews (born 1969) *Gabrielle Anwar (born 1970) *Rowan …   Wikipedia

  • Charles Kennedy — For other people named Charles Kennedy, see Charles Kennedy (disambiguation). The Right Honourable Charles Kennedy MP …   Wikipedia

  • List of Minder episodes — This episode list gives brief descriptions and some other details of the episodes of the ITV television series Minder. Series 1 – 7 focus on Arthur Daley, a middle aged car salesman and self described entrepreneur. He is assisted/minded by Terry… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.