Mike Hill (British politician)


Michael Robert Hill[1] (born 12 May 1963) is a former British Labour Party politician who served as Member of Parliament for Hartlepool from 2017 until his resignation in 2021.[2][3]

Mike Hill
Member of Parliament
for Hartlepool
In office
8 June 2017  16 March 2021
Preceded byIain Wright
Succeeded byJill Mortimer
Personal details
Born
Michael Robert Hill

(1963-05-12) 12 May 1963 (age 58)
Heywood, Lancashire, England
Political partyLabour
Alma materUniversity of Lancaster

Early life


Hill was born in Heywood in Lancashire[4] in 1963.[5]

He attended Sutherland High School (which became Heywood Community High School in 1990). He has a degree in Drama and English Literature from the University of Lancaster.

Career


Hill has worked in local authority libraries and as a trade union official. Until being elected to Parliament in 2017, he was the Political Officer for UNISON Northern Region and Vice Chair of Labour North.

He was the unsuccessful Labour candidate for Richmond in North Yorkshire at the 2015 election, which has traditionally been a safe seat for the Conservatives. He came third behind the UKIP candidate. In 2017, upon the retirement of Labour MP Iain Wright, Hill was selected as Labour's candidate for Hartlepool, a Tees Valley seat the party had held for several decades. Hill had lived in the town of Hartlepool for nearly twenty years.[4] He successfully retained the seat at the 2017 general election.

Hill retained his seat at the 2019 general election.[6] He later supported Keir Starmer in the 2020 Labour leadership election and Angela Rayner for the deputy leadership.[7]

Resignation and sexual misconduct allegations


Hill was suspended from the Labour Party in September 2019 over allegations of sexual harassment, but reinstated in October 2019.[8] In January 2020, his request for anonymity was turned down in an upcoming employment tribunal related to the accusations. The alleged victim stated that she had also made a report to the Metropolitan Police at the time of the original accusations.[4]

On 16 March 2021, Hill announced his resignation with immediate effect and was appointed Crown Steward and Bailiff of the Chiltern Hundreds,[9] which is the procedure whereby a UK MP—who cannot actually resign—voluntarily leaves office. This was after the Independent Expert Panel (IEP) had found that Hill breached Parliament's sexual misconduct policy.

In the resulting by-election, Hill's Hartlepool seat was won by the Conservative candidate.

The sexual misconduct claims were considered by the Central London Employment Tribunal in May 2021. The claimant alleged that Hill used a staffing review as a pretext for making her redundant after she had rejected his sexual advances.[10] In July 2021, the tribunal in delivering its decision held that Hill had assaulted, harassed and victimised a parliamentary worker and it upheld claims of "detrimental treatment".[11]

References


  1. "No. 61961". The London Gazette. 19 June 2017. p. 11782.
  2. Sophie Brownson (2 June 2017). "Residents quiz candidates at Hartlepool hustings". Hartlepool Mail. Archived from the original on 11 April 2019. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  3. Allegretti, Aubrey; Elgot, Jessica (16 March 2021). "Hartlepool Labour MP Mike Hill quits, triggering red wall byelection". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 March 2021.
  4. Mike Hill (20 July 2017). "Mike Hill MP: Fighting to be really 'born in Hartlepool'". Hartlepool Mail. Archived from the original on 11 April 2019. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  5. Hartlepool Labour Party. "Mike Hill MP". Hartlepool Labour Party. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  6. "Hartlepool parliamentary constituency - Election 2019". Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  7. Payne, Mark (10 January 2020). "Hartlepool MP Mike Hill is backing Keir Starmer to be the new Labour leader". Hartlepool Mail. Retrieved 16 March 2021.
  8. Press Association (22 September 2019). "Labour MP Mike Hill suspended over claims of sexual harassment". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  9. "Three Hundreds of Chiltern: Mike Hill". 16 March 2021. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  10. BBC News, Ex-Hartlepool Labour MP Mike Hill 'tried to get worker to kill herself', 13 May 2021
  11. BBC News, Mike Hill: Former Hartlepool MP sexually assaulted and victimised worker, 9 July 2021