Sally Keeble

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Sally Keeble
Member of Parliament
for Northampton North
In office
1 May 1997 – 6 May 2010
Preceded by Antony Marlow
Succeeded by Michael Ellis
Majority 3,960 (9.4%)
Personal details
Born (1951-10-13) 13 October 1951 (age 62)
Berlin, Germany
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Andrew Hilary Porter
Alma mater Cheltenham Ladies' College, St Hugh's College, Oxford

Sally Curtis Keeble (born 13 October 1951) is a British Labour Party politician. She was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Northampton North from 1997 to 2010. She had previously been Leader of Southwark Council from 1990 to 1993.

Early life[edit]

Keeble went to the independent Cheltenham Ladies' College, and later attended St Hugh's College, Oxford, gaining a BA degree in Theology in 1973, and a BA in Sociology from the University of South Africa in 1981. Her father was the British diplomat Curtis Keeble, a former ambassador to East Germany and the USSR. Before entering Parliament she was a journalist in South Africa for the Daily News in Durban from 1973-9 and then in Birmingham on the Birmingham Post from 1978-83. She then worked for the Labour Party as a Press Officer at Labour Headquarters from 1983-4, then the Inner London Education Authority where she was Assistant Director for External Relations from 1984-6, and was Head of Communications for the GMB trade union from 1986-90 before becoming a full-time council leader in inner London. She was a public affairs consultant from 1995-7.

Parliamentary career[edit]

In 1995 Keeble was selected to stand for election for Labour in Northampton North through an all-women shortlist.[1]

Keeble served on the Agriculture Select Committee, and became Parliamentary Private Secretary to Rt Hon Hilary Armstrong in 1999. After the 2001 General Election she was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions, where her responsibilities included planning, regeneration, housing and local transport. She chaired the taskforce on parks and urban green spaces. In 2002 she moved to the Department for International Development. In 2003 she left the frontbench. Since 2005 she has been a member of the Treasury Select Committee.

Keeble introduced a private members bill to introduce the offence of causing death by careless driving: the measure was later accepted by the Government and introduced in the Road Safety Act 2006. She also introduced ten-minute rule bills on flooding, and a bill on minimum pricing for alcohol.

At the 2010 general election, Keeble lost her seat as MP for Northampton North by 1,936 votes to the Conservative Party candidate Michael Ellis, representing a swing of 6.9%.[2]

Keeble has been selected by the Northampton North Constituency Labour Party to fight the seat at the next general election.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Keeble married Andrew Hilary Porter on 9 June 1990 in Camberwell and they have a son and daughter. She is an honorary fellow of South Bank University. Her sister, Jane Mahoney, and her sister's husband Anthony were killed on 12 July 1998 near Darwin in Australia. A Hells Angel motorcyclist had ploughed into them whilst they were waiting by the roadside after Anthony was changing a wheel. The Hells Angel carried on driving and failed to report the accident. After the accident, her father, Sir Curtis Keeble, the former British ambassador to the Soviet Union from 1978–82 and governor of the BBC had a heart attack.[4]

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Antony Marlow
Member of Parliament for Northampton North
19972010
Succeeded by
Michael Ellis