|Member of Parliament
1 May 1997 – 6 May 2010
|Preceded by||Bill Cash|
|Succeeded by||Jeremy Lefroy|
21 March 1955 |
|Alma mater||University of Bristol|
Kidney attended Pinewood Primary School in Meir (now the new Crescent Primary School), Longton High School then the City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College. He studied Law at the University of Bristol, receiving an LLB. Kidney was a solicitor from 1977-79 in Hanley then in Stafford from 1979–97, and a Stafford Borough councillor from 1987-97. He was a parish councillor of Checkley from 1983-7.
Kidney was Member of Parliament for Stafford from 1997, when he defeated Conservative candidate David Cameron, to 2010, when he lost to the Conservative candidate Jeremy Lefroy by 5,460 votes in a 7.4% swing.
He served on the Modernisation Committee from 2001–2005 and was a member of the Treasury Select Committee from 1997-2001. He was a ministerial aide in the Environment team (for which no additional remuneration is given), but resigned in 2003 when he voted against the Iraq War. He became PPS to Elliot Morley Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in November 2005, and in 2006 he became the PPS to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, David Miliband. Following this, Kidney was PPS to Rosie Winterton, then Minister of State for Work and Pensions. He also served as Chair and an officer of several All-Party Groups, including Environment and Conservation & Wildlife. He recently agreed to chair a new All-Party Group formed to highlight the role of science and technology in British agriculture. Kidney also chaired the Associate Parliamentary Group for Looked after Children & Care Leavers and the "Fair Funding F40" group of the 40 lowest funded schools areas in England, campaigning for fairer funding for local schools. In the June 2009 reshuffle Kidney entered the Government as a minister for the first time, becoming Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department for Energy and Climate Change, replacing Joan Ruddock.
- David Kidney official site
- Guardian Unlimited Politics - Ask Aristotle: David Kidney MP
- TheyWorkForYou.com - David Kidney MP
- BBC Politics page
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by David Kidney
- Caught in a forest fire in Greece in 2006
- Campaigning about prejudice against breastfeeding in 2005
- Questioning closure of RAF Stafford in 2004
- Resigning from the government in 2003
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Stafford