Kelvin Hopkins

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Kelvin Hopkins
Member of Parliament
for Luton North
Assumed office
1 May 1997
Preceded by John Russell Carlisle
Majority 7,520 (17.5%)
Personal details
Born (1941-08-22) 22 August 1941 (age 73)
Leicester, Leicestershire, England
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Patricia Mabel Langley
Alma mater University of Nottingham

Kelvin Peter Hopkins (born 22 August 1941) is a British Labour Party politician, who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Luton North since 1997. Hopkins is known for his rebellious stance amongst Labour MPs [1]


Kelvin Hopkins was born in Leicester, the son of renowned physicist Harold Hopkins FRS, and was educated at the Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School for Boys, Barnet, North London and the University of Nottingham where he was awarded a BA degree in Politics, Economics and Mathematics with Statistics. In his early years he was for a time (1958–63) a "semi-professional" jazz musician playing tenor saxophone and clarinet.[2]

With the exception of two years as a lecturer at the St Albans FE College (now called Oaklands College) from 1971 he has worked entirely within the trade union movement. He joined the Trades Union Congress as an economist in 1969, and rejoined the TUC following his stint in education in 1973. He was appointed as a policy and research officer with NALGO in 1977, leaving its successor UNISON in 1994.

Political career[edit]

Hopkins was a councillor on Luton Borough Council for four years from 1972. He unsuccessfully contested Luton North at the 1983 General Election finishing in second place some 11,981 votes behind the sitting Conservative MP John Carlisle. He was elected to the House of Commons at the 1997 General Election for Luton North with a majority of 9,626 (taking it from the Conservatives, with over half of the total votes) and has remained the MP there since. He made his maiden speech on 28 November 1997.[3]

In parliament he was a member of the broadcasting select committee for two years from 1999, and has served on the Public Administration Select Committee since 2002. He has also served as an adviser to the Minister of Sport Richard Caborn on yachting since 2002. He is a member of many all-party groups and is the chairman of the group on further education and lifelong learning; he serves as the vice-chairman on the groups on jazz appreciation; historic vehicles; Norway; constitution and citizenship; transport infrastructure and trans-European networks; he also serves as the treasurer to the group on building societies and financial mutuals. He is on the left wing of the party, being a member of the Socialist Campaign Group.

In the fiscal year of 2007–08, total expenses claims amounted to £121,809, of which second home allowance was £1,242.[4] He also emerged well from the 2009 MPs expenses scandal, being deemed a Daily Telegraph "saint" for minimal second home claims.[5]
In June 2010, he was selected as a Labour member of the Transport Select Committee.[6]

Hopkins has signed the People's Pledge a newly created cross party campaign for an EU referendum and is a member of its Advisory Council.[7]

He is a supporter of homoeopathy, having signed an early day motion in support of its continued funding on the National Health Service.[8]

Personal life[edit]

He married Patricia Mabel Langley on 21 August 1965 in Barnet and they have a son and a daughter. A French speaker, he is a keen photographer, saxophonist, and enjoys sailing on the Norfolk Broads. He is an Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society and is a Distinguished Supporter of the British Humanist Association, as well as a vice-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Humanist Group.[9] He is a governor of Luton Sixth Form College (since 1993). He has lived in Luton since November 1969.[2] He commutes to Westminster on the train via Thameslink.


  • The Economy: A NALGO Review" by Kelvin Hopkins, 1991


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  2. ^ a b Kelvin Hopkins, Bio
  3. ^ Hansard, 28 November 1997 Column 1251
  4. ^ "2009 MP Expenses for Kelvin Hopkins, MP for Luton North". BBC News. 19 April 2009. 
  5. ^ "MPs' expenses: The saints (Part i)". Daily Telegraph. 20 June 2009. p. 47. Retrieved 28 November 2010. 
  6. ^ "New MPs elected to select committees". 24 June 2010. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  7. ^ A referendum on Britain staying in the EU is long overdue and now essential, writes Kelvin Hopkins Tribune Magazine 18 April 2011
  8. ^ Tredinnick, David (29 June 2010). "Early Day Motion No. 342 British Medical Association Motions on Homeopathy". 
  9. ^ "All Party Parliamentary Humanist Group". British Humanist Association. Retrieved 3 August 2010. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Russell Carlisle
Member of Parliament for Luton North