Toby Perkins

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Toby Perkins
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Shadow Minister for Small Business
Assumed office
7 October 2011
Leader Ed Miliband
Preceded by Chuka Umunna
Member of Parliament
for Chesterfield
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Paul Holmes
Majority 549 (1.2%)
Personal details
Born (1970-08-12) 12 August 1970 (age 44)
Reading, Berkshire, England
Nationality English
Political party Labour
Occupation Politician

Matthew Toby Perkins[1] (born 12 August 1970[2]) is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Chesterfield since 2010, winning the seat from Liberal Democrat Paul Holmes.[3] Before taking the seat, he was a councillor in the town.[4]

Early life[edit]

Perkins is son of V.F. Perkins and his wife Teresa. He has a sister, Polly and is the great-grandson of A. P. Herbert, Independent Member of Parliament for Oxford University (1935–1950). He attended Trinity Catholic School, Leamington Spa and Silverdale Comprehensive School in Sheffield and worked in the private sector from 1987 til election to parliament in 2010.

Early Career[edit]

He was in IT Sales and Consultant and then Regional Manager for the Prime Time Recruitment organisation. He then set up a rugby product business.[5]

He was a Borough Councillor in Chesterfield from 2003-2011, was a Director of Families First Co-operative, a social enterprise that ran an early years nursery in Chesterfield, and set up the Chesterfield Flood Victims Appeal.

Parliamentary Career[edit]

Following election to Parliament in 2010, he questioned David Cameron in the very first Prime Minister's Questions of the 2010 session. He backed David Miliband for the Labour leadership and was named by the Financial Times as one of the best six newcomers of the first 100 days of the 2010 parliament.[6]

Under Ed Miliband he became the first member of the 2010 intake [7] to speak from the front bench when becoming a Shadow Education Minister in September 2010 under Andy Burnham and because of his business and entrepreneurial background, he was moved into the Shadow Business team as Shadow Minister for Enterprise and Small Business in 2011, under Chuka Umunna.

He is a former councillor for Rother Ward on Chesterfield Borough Council from 2003-2011 and was elected to the Communities and Local Government Select Committee.

As Shadow Business Minister he is responsible for Labour's policies on Access to Finance, Small Businesses, Regulation/ de-regulation, Insolvency, Procurement, Pubs and the High Street.

In July 2014 Douglas Alexander appointed him one of 3 Labour Party Deputy Chairs for the 2015 General Election campaign alongside Gloria De Piero and Jonathan Ashworth. He had previously run Labour's by election campaign in Wythenshawe and Sale East. He also worked on by election campaigns in Corby, Bradford West and Eastleigh.

Perkins' victory over Liberal Democrat Paul Holmes saw him overturn a majority of 3,000 to win by 549 votes despite a national swing against the Labour Party. [8][9]

In parliament he has led Opposition Day debates for Labour on pub company regulation (three times). He also led Labour's response on relaxation of Sunday trading laws for the Olympics, on the Deregulation Bill alongside Chi Onwurah. He has secured adjournment debates against Derbyshire Fire Station closures, that led to a u-turn on plans to close 18 Derbyshire fire stations, and against the sale of legal highs.

Personal life[edit]

A former Chesterfield, Sheffield Tigers RUFC and Derbyshire Rugby Union player, he qualified as a rugby coach in 2006 and coached a junior team at Sheffield Tigers RUFC. He follows Sheffield United, Chesterfield FC and British Tennis. He is a friend of Jonny Marray, the British Tennis player who won the Wimbledon Mens Doubles title in 2012.[10] He is married to Suzie (née Francis), who was born in Boythorpe, Chesterfield, and they have 2 children.


External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Paul Holmes
Member of Parliament for Chesterfield