Paddy Tipping

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Paddy Tipping
Police and Crime Commissioner
for Nottinghamshire Police
Assumed office
15 November 2012
Preceded by Office Created
Deputy Leader of the House of Commons
In office
28 March 2007 – 28 June 2007
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Leader Jack Straw
Preceded by Nigel Griffiths
Succeeded by Helen Goodman
In office
23 December 1998 – 11 June 2001
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Leader Margaret Beckett
Robin Cook
Succeeded by Stephen Twigg
Member of Parliament
for Sherwood
In office
9 April 1992 – 6 May 2010
Preceded by Andrew Stewart
Succeeded by Mark Spencer
Personal details
Born (1949-10-24) 24 October 1949 (age 65)
Halifax, West Yorkshire
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Alma mater University of Nottingham

Simon Patrick Tipping (born 24 October 1949) is a British Labour Party politician who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Sherwood from 1992 to 2010.

Early life[edit]

Tipping was born in Halifax. He went to Hipperholme Grammar School (when a state school) in Hipperholme. At the University of Nottingham, he gained a BA in Philosophy in 1972 and an MA in Social Sciences in 1978. He was a social worker in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire from 1972-1979. From 1979-1983, he was a Project leader for the (C of E) Children's Society in Nottingham. From 1981 to 1993 he was a Nottinghamshire County Councillor.

Parliamentary career[edit]

Tipping contested Rushcliffe in 1987. He took Sherwood from the Conservatives in 1992.

He has worked in a number of junior government positions starting out as PPS to Jack Straw while he was home secretary (1997-9). He then moved on to being a Junior minister at the Privy Council office (1999–2001), and then Chairman of the sub-committee on environment, food and rural affairs (2001-5). After a short period on the back benches, he returned to being PPS for Jack Straw.

Areas of his political activity included energy and carbon emissions, local planning issues, public sector pensions, rights of access for walkers and compensation for ex-miners with health problems.

He was Deputy Leader of the House of Commons from 1998 to 2001 and again in 2007.[1][2][3]

On 23 October 2009, Tipping announced his decision to stand down at the next general election, following ill-health.[4]

Tipping is Nottingham's first Police and Crime Commissioner, having stood in the inaugural Nottingham PCC election in 2012. Tipping announced plans to pay a "pension" to cover medical bills etc. for retired police dogs, a move which dog handlers welcomed.[5]

Personal life[edit]

He is Vice-President of the Ramblers Association. He married Irene Margaret Quinn on 8 January 1970 in Nottingham. They have two daughters. He suffered a heart attack in June 2009.


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