Hugh Bayley

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Hugh Bayley
Bayley in 2010
President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly
In office
1 November 2012 – 30 November 2014
Preceded byKarl A. Lamers
Succeeded byMike Turner
Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons
First Deputy Chair of Ways and Means
25 May 2010 – 8 June 2010
SpeakerJohn Bercow
Preceded bySylvia Heal
Succeeded byNigel Evans
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Social Security
In office
4 January 1999 – 7 June 2001
Prime MinisterTony Blair
Preceded byJoan Ruddock
Succeeded byMalcolm Wicks
Member of Parliament
for York Central
City of York (1997–2010)
York (1992–97)
In office
9 April 1992 – 7 May 2015
Preceded byConal Gregory
Succeeded byRachael Maskell
Personal details
Hugh Nigel Edward Bayley

(1952-01-09) 9 January 1952 (age 72)
Maidenhead, Berkshire, England
Political partyLabour
Fenella Jeffers
(m. 1984)
Alma materUniversity of Bristol
University of York
Insignia of a Knight Bachelor

Sir Hugh Nigel Edward Bayley[1] (born 9 January 1952) is a British Labour politician who served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for York Central, previously York and City of York, from 1992 to 2015.

Early life[edit]

Bayley was born in Maidenhead, Berkshire, and was educated at Haileybury and Imperial Service College, the University of Bristol, where he obtained a Politics BSc degree in 1974, before pursuing further studies at the University of York, where he was awarded a BPhil degree in Southern African studies in 1976. After his studies in 1975 he became a District Officer and later a National Officer with NALGO until 1982.

Bayley was elected as a councillor in the London Borough of Camden in 1980 and became the general secretary of the International Broadcasting Trust in 1982. Bayley stepped down as a councillor and moved to York to take up a post as research officer in health economics at the University of York from 1987 to 1992. He was a lecturer in social policy at the university from 1986 until 1998.

Parliamentary career[edit]

Hugh Bayley was nominated as the Labour candidate for York at the 1987 general election but was defeated by just 147 votes by the Conservative Conal Gregory. After the election, Hugh Bayley became a Health Economics Research Fellow at the University of York, and became a member of the local health authority.

Conal Gregory and Hugh Bayley again fought it out at the 1992 general election in York and this time Bayley won by a comfortable margin. After his election he made his maiden speech on 7 May 1992 and joined the Health Select committee. The name of the York constituency was changed (though with unaltered boundaries) and Bayley won a majority of over 20,000 at the 1997 general election.

After the election, Bayley became the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Health Frank Dobson, who lived near York. In 1998 he was appointed to Tony Blair's Government as the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department of Social Security, responsible for Incapacity, Maternity, Disability benefits and Vaccine damage.[2] He was deputed to bring the Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill through the Commons, which attracted much criticism from backbench Labour MPs over plans to means-test and restrict access to incapacity benefit.[3][4] He was dropped from government after the 2001 general election.

Bayley has since served on the International Development Committee and pioneered the foundation of the Africa All-Party Parliamentary Group, serving as chair for several years, now being its vice-chair. He was president of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly from November 2012 to 2014.[5] He was also a chairman of the Public Bill Committee. The City of York constituency was abolished in 2010, with Bayley being elected in the 2010 general election to represent the successor constituency York Central.

A loyal backbencher, Bayley rarely voted against his party whip.[6]

At the outset of the 2010 parliament, Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow appointed Bayley as a temporary Deputy Speaker to serve for two weeks until the election of Deputy Speakers.[7] Bayley accepted the appointment, but stated that he would serve only temporarily and would not run for a Deputy Speakership, as he preferred to be able to represent his constituents by speaking out on issues before the House.[8]

On 5 December 2014, Bayley announced his intention to stand down as a Labour MP at the 2015 general election.[9]

Bayley was knighted in the 2015 New Year Honours for his "services to parliamentary engagement with NATO".[10][11][12]

Personal life[edit]

Sir Hugh was active in the Anti-Apartheid Movement in his student days.

On 22 December 1984, in Camden, he married Fenella Jeffers from Nevis; they have a son and a daughter.


  1. ^ "Ashdown recognised in honours list". BBC News. 30 December 2014. Archived from the original on 9 April 2019. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  2. ^ "UK Politics – Department of Social Security". BBC. 15 October 1999. Archived from the original on 2 October 2002. Retrieved 5 December 2014.
  3. ^ Paul Waugh and Sarah Schaefer (18 May 1999). "Ministers 'panic' on benefits revolt". The Independent. Archived from the original on 17 December 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2014.
  4. ^ Michael White (11 January 2000). "Minister offers £5m welfare concession". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 9 December 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2014.
  5. ^ "Hugh BAYLEY". NATO Parliamentary Assembly. Archived from the original on 9 December 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2014.
  6. ^ "Hugh Bayley MP, York Central (". Archived from the original on 19 April 2010. Retrieved 31 August 2017.
  7. ^ "The election of Deputy Speakers" Archived 15 June 2010 at the Wayback Machine p. 9.
  8. ^ "Deputy Speaker role for York Central MP Hugh Bayley (From York Press)". 26 May 2010. Archived from the original on 29 May 2010. Retrieved 29 May 2010.
  9. ^ "Hugh Bayley to stand down as Labour MP". BBC News. 5 December 2014. Archived from the original on 7 December 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2014.
  10. ^ "No. 61092". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2014. p. N2.
  11. ^ 2015 New Year Honours List Archived 31 December 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ "New Year Honours: Lord Ashdown among politicians recognised". BBC News. 30 December 2014. Archived from the original on 9 April 2019. Retrieved 31 December 2014.

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