Peter Kyle


Peter Kyle (born 9 September 1970) is a British Labour Party politician serving as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Hove since 2015, and the Shadow Minister for Schools since 2021.[1] A former charity sector executive, he previously served on the opposition front bench as a shadow justice minister from 2020 to 2021.

Peter Kyle

Kyle in 2020
Shadow Minister for Schools
Assumed office
14 May 2021
LeaderKeir Starmer
Preceded byWes Streeting
Shadow Minister for Victims and Youth Justice
In office
9 April 2020  14 May 2021
LeaderKeir Starmer
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byAnna McMorrin
Member of Parliament
for Hove
Assumed office
7 May 2015
Preceded byMike Weatherley
Majority17,044 (30.2%)
Personal details
Born (1970-09-09) 9 September 1970 (age 50)
West Sussex, United Kingdom
Political partyLabour
Alma materUniversity of Sussex
WebsiteOfficial website

Early life and career


Kyle grew up in West Sussex and moved to Brighton and Hove in 1996. He later gained a doctorate in community development from the University of Sussex. In 2006, he became a Cabinet Office special advisor focusing on social exclusion policy.

He worked as an aid worker in Eastern Europe and the Balkans helping young people whose lives had been affected by the political instability created by war.[2]

From 2007 to 2013, he was deputy chief executive of ACEVO. In 2013, he became chief executive of Working for Youth, a newly formed charity focusing on helping unemployed youth.[3]

Parliamentary career


In the 2015 election, Kyle was elected with a majority of 1,236, increasing that to 18,757 in the 2017 election and holding the seat in 2019 with a slightly reduced majority of 17,044.[4]

Positions and votes

He sat on the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee between 2016 and 2020, where he questioned Mike Ashley, boss of Sports Direct, over poor working practices in his warehouses. Ashley accused Kyle of making "defamatory comments" against him and called for the MP to stand down from the committee.[5]

He is the co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Southern Rail.

Kyle campaigned for remain during the EU membership referendum, 2016. In June 2018, he said "Brexit is a big deal but it's not a done deal".[6] In March 2019,[7] alongside fellow Labour MP Phil Wilson, Kyle put forward an amendment to Theresa May's Brexit Withdrawal Agreement. Dubbed the "Kyle-Wilson" amendment, it aimed to pass the Withdrawal Agreement Bill on the condition that the deal on offer would go back to the British people through a confirmatory vote.[8] Whilst failing to pass twice in the House of Commons, it came closest to a majority; only 12 votes short on its second attempt.[9] Both Kyle and Wilson signalled that they would bring back the amendment if Boris Johnson was to return with a Brexit deal in October 2019.[10]

In September 2020, Kyle was appointed a vice-chair of Labour Friends of Israel.[11]

Shadow Minister for Victims and Youth Justice

In April 2020, he became the Shadow Minister for Victims and Youth Justice.[12] He has campaigned on the issue of 'sex for rent' and demanded a change to the law for landlords who engage in sexual exploitation of tenants.[13]

In February 2021,[14] Kyle presented a bill for victims to Parliament which had the aims of:

  • Ensuring victims are read their rights at the same time as perpetrators
  • Creating a register for people who run departments in the justice system which routinely ignore victims' rights
  • Giving victims of persistent anti-social behaviour the same rights as victims of crimes
  • Making the Victims' Commissioner independent of government and able to launch their own investigations.[15][16]

Shadow Minister for Schools

In a minor Labour reshuffle in May 2021, Kyle was promoted to succeed Wes Streeting as the Shadow Minister for Schools.[17]

Political views

Kyle backed Liz Kendall in the 2015 Labour leadership election,[18] and supported Owen Smith in the failed attempt to replace Jeremy Corbyn in the 2016 Labour Party leadership election.[19]

He has championed apprenticeships,[20] pledging to create 1,000 apprenticeships in 1,000 days in co-operation with the council and via the creation of a Greater Brighton Employer Skills Task Force.[21]

Kyle has called for the voting age to be lowered to 16 and put forward his own bill on the subject in 2017.[22]

He endorsed Jess Phillips in the 2020 Labour Party leadership election.[23]

Personal life


He was chair of governors of Brighton Aldridge Community Academy.[24][25]

Kyle has dyslexia.[26]

Kyle is openly gay.[27][28]

References


  1. "Hove parliamentary constituency – Election 2015 – BBC News". BBC News. Retrieved 19 November 2015.
  2. "Brighton and Hove News » Hove MP shares his experience of working in aid camps in Commons debate". brightonandhovenews.org. 18 September 2015. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  3. Ainsworth, David (5 August 2013). "Peter Kyle to leave Acevo later this year". Third Sector. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
  4. "Hove parliamentary constituency - Election 2019". Retrieved 20 December 2019.
  5. Armstrong, Ashley (23 May 2016). "Mike Ashley: MP must resign from Sports Direct inquiry". The Telegraph. telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  6. "Peter Kyle: Brexit is a big deal – but it is not a done deal". LabourList. 25 June 2018.
  7. "What is the Kyle-Wilson amendment that could deliver a fresh Brexit referendum?". The Independent. 2 March 2019.
  8. Kyle, Wilson, Peter, Phil (17 March 2019). "Only our Compromise can Break the Brexit Impasse". The Guardian.
  9. "Peter Kyle's motion E (Confirmatory public vote)". Commons Votes. Archived from the original on 24 September 2019. Retrieved 23 September 2019.
  10. Fraser, Tali (21 September 2019). "Labour MPs vow to revive Commons push for a second referendum in bid to end Brexit 'crisis'". Politics Home.
  11. Harpin, Lee (9 September 2020). "Labour Friends of Israel announces six new vice-chairs". The jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 9 September 2020.
  12. Rogers, Sienna. "Shadow ministers appointed as Starmer completes frontbench". LabourList. Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  13. "Sex-For-Rent: Landlords named and shamed in newspaper sting". Landlord Today. Retrieved 10 February 2021.
  14. "Victims of Crime and Anti-social Behaviour, Etc (Rights, Entitlements and Related Matters) - Tuesday 9 February 2021 - Hansard - UK Parliament". hansard.parliament.uk. Retrieved 10 February 2021.
  15. "Victims of Crime and Anti-social Behaviour, Etc (Rights, Entitlements and Related Matters) Bill 2019-21 — UK Parliament". services.parliament.uk. Retrieved 10 February 2021.
  16. "Victims of crimes 're-traumatised' by system". BBC News. 9 February 2021. Retrieved 10 February 2021.
  17. Rodgers, Sienna. "Reshuffle: Keir Starmer's new Labour frontbench in full". LabourList. Retrieved 15 May 2021.
  18. "Jeremy Corbyn would be an "electoral disaster" for the Labour party says Hove MP". The Argus. 13 August 2015. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  19. "Full list of MPs and MEPs backing challenger Owen Smith". LabourList. 21 July 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  20. "Peter Kyle: Championing apprenticeships in Hove and Portslade - Brighton & Hove Independent". brightonandhoveindependent.co.uk. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  21. "1,000 Apprenticeships | Brighton & Hove City Council". brighton-hove.gov.uk. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  22. Kyle, Peter. "Representation of the People (Young People's Enfranchisement) Bill 2017-19". Parliament UK.
  23. "Peter Kyle on Twitter: "Jess... can count on my nomination"". Twitter. 3 January 2020. Retrieved 3 January 2020.
  24. website, Brighton Aldridge Community Academy. "Brighton Aldridge Community Academy - Section 13 - Governors' Information and Duties". www.baca-uk.org.uk. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  25. le Duc, Frank (12 July 2017). "MP steps down as chair of governors at Brighton school". Brighton and Hove News. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  26. "MP with dyslexia hits back at 'spelling police'". 28 October 2019 via www.bbc.co.uk.
  27. Ben Riley-Smith (14 May 2015). "Commons has more gay MPs than any other parliament in the world". Daily Telegraph.
  28. Leftly, Mark (20 February 2016). "Gay MPs: The photograph that shows Westminster's attitude towards LGBT politicians is changing". The Independent. Retrieved 28 October 2019.