Roy Kennedy, Baron Kennedy of Southwark

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Roy Kennedy, Baron Kennedy of Southwark (born 9 November 1962),[1] is a British Labour Party politician and life peer. Appointed a full time official in 1990, he took up the post of organiser for the party in Coventry in 1991. He was instrumental in the defeat of the Militant MP Dave Nellist, who had been deselected as a Labour candidate, in the 1992 general election. In 1994, he moved to the East Midlands and was Regional Director from 1997 to 2005. At the end of that year, he took up the post of Director of Finance and Compliance for the Labour Party. He is also a former councillor and deputy leader of the London Borough of Southwark.[2] He was appointed an Honorary Alderman by Southwark Council in 2007.

He was made a life peer in Gordon Brown's dissolution honours list in 2010,[3] and was created Baron Kennedy of Southwark, of Newington in the London Borough of Southwark on 21 June 2010,[4] and he made his maiden speech in the House of Lords on 21 July 2010.[5]He was elected as a councillor in the London Borough of Lewisham in 2014.

On Thursday 30 September 2010 he left the employment of the Labour Party, after more than twenty years service. The next day, 1 October 2010, he was appointed as an Electoral Commissioner, on the nomination of the Labour Party.

His wife is Alicia Kennedy, Baroness Kennedy of Cradley, a former Deputy General Secretary of the Labour Party and now life peer on the Labour benches [6]