Matt Carter (politician)

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Matthew John Carter (born 22 March 1972) is Chief Executive Officer, Burson-Marsteller UK(B-M UK)[1] and Chairman, Penn Schoen Berland, Europe Middle East and Africa.[2] He is a former General Secretary of the British Labour Party.

Born near Grimsby, Carter studied at Sheffield University and the University of York, and has a DPhil in Political History.

Carter was tutor in the Department of Politics at the University of York from 1994. He subsequently held a number of jobs in the Labour Party, including head of policy, local organiser for Teesside and Durham and regional organiser in South West England during the 2001 general election. As Assistant General Secretary, he set up Forethought, a policy think tank within the Party.

In 1997, Carter was a member of Labour's National Policy Forum and parliamentary candidate for the Vale of York. Matt Carter is Labour’s youngest General Secretary, appointed to the job aged 31 in December 2003.[3] He took up office on 1 January 2004 succeeding David Triesman, and announced his resignation on 6 September 2005, following the 2005 general election victory.[4]

While General Secretary Carter organised the legal aspects of loans from individuals to the Labour Party that were central to the Cash for Honours political scandal.[5]

He has written The People's Party: the History of the Labour Party with Tony Wright (1997) and T.H. Green and the Development of Ethical Socialism (2003).

In January 2010 Carter became CEO of B-M UK, the leading public relations and communications consultancy, a part of Young & Rubicam Brands, a subsidiary of WPP.[6] B-M UK clients include Sony Ericsson, Bacardi Limited, Danone, Kimberly Clark, Ricoh International, Vestas Wind Energy, SAP and Hewlett Packard.

Matt Carter married Erica Moffitt in 1997 and has three children, and now lives near Bath.

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  1. ^ "Burson-Marsteller EMEA". Retrieved 2010-06-14. 
  2. ^ "Penn Schoen Berland - Dr. Matt Carter". Retrieved 2010-06-14. 
  3. ^ Tom Happold (16 December 2003). "Labour gets Carter for general secretary". The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-06-14. 
  4. ^ "Top Labour official leaves post". BBC News. 2005-09-06. Retrieved 2010-06-14. 
  5. ^ Rajeev Syal (24 March 2006). "Your secret loan can stay secret, Labour Party donors were told". The Times. Retrieved 2010-06-14. 
  6. ^ "Matt Carter becomes new CEO of Burson-Marsteller UK". WPP. Retrieved 2010-06-14. 
Party political offices
Preceded by
David Triesman
General Secretary of the Labour Party
Succeeded by
Peter Watt