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Kelvin Hopkins

Kelvin Hopkins, the MP for Luton North
Party:
Labour

Constituency:
Luton North

Date of birth:
22 August 1941

Telephone:
020 7219 3000

Address:
The House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

Political profile:
Kelvin Hopkins was first elected to the Commons in 1997, but is no Blairite loyalist.

His professional career was spent as an economist and policy researcher for trade unions, especially UNISON, and he is deeply sceptical of Labour's conversion to free market economics.

He combines this with a willingness to express his views in a forthright manner; in one debate he described the private finance initiative as 'irrational nonsense', and described it as 'less popular than the poll tax'.

A member of the left wing Campaign Group, he is one of the most persistent rebels against the government, having voted against such matters as cuts to lone parent benefits, and the part-privatisation of air traffic control services.

Mr Hopkins has strong local roots in Luton and was a passionate defender of the town's Vauxhall plant in Luton and a critic of its closure.

He is also a music lover and a saxophone player, who, as secretary of the All Party Jazz Group, has repeatedly called for increased public funding for jazz.


TOP THREE PARTIES AT A GLANCE
Labour Labour 56.7%
Conservative Conservative 31.2%
Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat 9.7%
IN DETAIL
Name Party Votes %
Kelvin Hopkins Labour 22,187 56.7
Amanda Sater Conservative 12,210 31.2
Bob Hoyle Liberal Democrat 3,795 9.7
Colin Brown UK Independence Party 934 2.4
Majority 9,977
Turnout 58.8%
POLITICAL MAKE UP OF EASTERN
A map of Eastern showing its political make up.



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