Peter Kilfoyle

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Peter Kilfoyle
Member of Parliament
for Liverpool Walton
In office
4 July 1991 – 6 May 2010
Preceded by Eric Heffer
Succeeded by Steve Rotheram
Personal details
Born (1946-06-09) 9 June 1946 (age 68)
Liverpool, England
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Bernadette Slater
Alma mater Durham University,
Liverpool Hope University
Religion Roman Catholic
Website http://www.peterkilfoyle.com/

Peter Kilfoyle (born 9 June 1946) is a British Labour Party politician who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Liverpool Walton from 1991 to 2010.

Early life[edit]

The eleventh of fourteen children born to an Irish Catholic family on Merseyside, Kilfoyle was educated by the Irish Christian Brothers at St. Edward's College in Liverpool; his father died when he was 10 years old. Obtaining 4 A-levels he went to the University of Durham, but left after a year[1] becoming a labourer for five years. He qualified as a teacher at Christ's College in Liverpool. From 1975-1985, he worked as a teacher. From 1986-1991, he was North West Regional Organiser for the Labour Party, often opposing Militant.

Parliamentary career[edit]

Kilfoyle became the Labour Member of Parliament for Liverpool Walton by winning a by-election in 1991 after the death of the incumbent Eric Heffer.

He supported Tony Blair in his 1994 leadership campaign.[1]

When Labour came to power in 1997, Kilfoyle was initially appointed to an influential role within the Cabinet Office, with a licence to speak out in the media on the Government's behalf, and was later appointed a junior minister in the Ministry of Defence. But in 2000 he resigned, claiming the Blair Government was failing to pay enough attention to Labour's heartlands.[2] He then became a vocal backbench critic of the Government for the remainder of his period in parliament.

On 18 March 2003 Kilfoyle wrote the amendment against war in Iraq and moved the amendment in the debate in the House of Commons. Despite a large rebellion, the combined Government and official Opposition vote sanctioned war.[3]

In 2005, Kilfoyle allegedly defied the Official Secrets Act when he was said to have passed on information supposedly detailing then U.S. President George W. Bush's plan to bomb an Arabic TV station.[4][5]

He spoke against government plans to replace the Trident nuclear missile in the debate on 14 March 2007.

In 2008, Kilfoyle declared that there should be a Labour Party leadership challenge.[6]

On 23 February 2010, Kilfoyle announced that he would stand down at the 2010 General Election.[7]

In the England and Wales Police and Crime Commissioner elections, 2012, he stood in the Labour nomination race to represent Merseyside Police, however he was defeated for nomination by fellow former MP Jane Kennedy.[8][9]

Personal life[edit]

He married Bernadette Slater on 27 July 1968, and they have five children. He is a patron of the British Heart Foundation following a heart attack in 2006 and quadruple bypass surgery.[10][11]

He is a lifelong supporter of Everton FC.

Books[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Melissa Kite (7 March 2004). "Labour MP turns gamekeeper - and discovers the 'benefits' of shooting". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Defence minister quits". BBC. 31 January 2000. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Case for war not established: List of votes". The Public Whip. Retrieved 27 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "MP: I Leaked Al-Jazeera Bomb Threat". Daily Mirror. 10 January 2006. 
  5. ^ Leigh, David (10 January 2006). "Labour MPs leaked Bush's proposal to bomb al-Jazeera". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
  6. ^ "Peter Kilfoyle in PM challenge". Liverpool Daily Post. 15 September 2008. 
  7. ^ "Labour MP Peter Kilfoyle to stand down". BBC News Online. 23 February 2010. 
  8. ^ "Police and Crime Commissioner Candidate selection results". The Labour Party. Retrieved 2012-06-19. 
  9. ^ "Peter Kilfoyle and Jane Kennedy go head-to-head for Labour's nomination for elected police and crime commissioner". Liverpool Daily Post. 
  10. ^ "Celebrity Health - Peter Kilfoyle". BBC News Online. 18 August 2007. 
  11. ^ "Peter Kilfoyle Fundraiser". Liverpool Chamber of Commerce. 30 July 2007. 

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Eric Heffer
Member of Parliament for Liverpool Walton
19912010
Succeeded by
Steve Rotheram