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. A former charity sector executive, he previously served on the opposition front bench as a shadow justice minister from 2020 to 2021.
|Shadow Minister for Schools|
|Assumed office |
14 May 2021
|Preceded by||Wes Streeting|
|Shadow Minister for Victims and Youth Justice|
9 April 2020 – 14 May 2021
|Preceded by||Position established|
|Succeeded by||Anna McMorrin|
|Member of Parliament|
|Assumed office |
7 May 2015
|Preceded by||Mike Weatherley|
|Born||9 September 1970|
West Sussex, United Kingdom
|Alma mater||University of Sussex|
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.
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.
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.
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". In March 2019, 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. Whilst failing to pass twice in the House of Commons, it came closest to a majority; only 12 votes short on its second attempt. 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.
Shadow Minister for Victims and Youth Justice
In April 2020, he became the Shadow Minister for Victims and Youth Justice. 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.
In February 2021, 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.
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.
He was chair of governors of Brighton Aldridge Community Academy.
Kyle has dyslexia.
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