John Hayes (British politician)

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The Right Honourable
John Hayes
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Minister of State for Transport
In office
16 July 2016 – 9 January 2018
Prime Minister Theresa May
Sec. of State Chris Grayling
Preceded by Robert Goodwill
Succeeded by Jo Johnson
In office
15 July 2014 – 8 May 2015
Prime Minister David Cameron
Sec. of State Patrick McLoughlin
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Andrew Jones
Minister of State for Security
In office
8 May 2015 – 15 July 2016
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Unknown
Succeeded by Ben Wallace
Minister without Portfolio
In office
28 March 2013 – 15 July 2014
Preceded by Sayeeda Warsi
Succeeded by Robert Halfon
Minister of State for Energy at the Department for Energy and Climate Change
In office
4 September 2012 – 28 March 2013
Preceded by Charles Hendry
Succeeded by Michael Fallon
Minister of State for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning
In office
13 May 2010 – 4 September 2012
Preceded by Kevin Brennan
Succeeded by Matthew Hancock
Member of Parliament
for South Holland and the Deepings
Assumed office
1 May 1997
Preceded by Constituency created
Majority 24,897 (49.5%)
Personal details
Born (1958-06-23) 23 June 1958 (age 60)[1]
Woolwich, London, England
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Susan Hopewell [2]
Children 2 sons [2]
Alma mater University of Nottingham

The Rt Hon John Henry Hayes CBE MP FRSA[3] (born 23 June 1958) is a Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom. He has held five ministerial positions and served as Senior Parliamentary Advisor to David Cameron. On 9 April 2013 he was appointed to the Privy Council. [4]

Hayes is a member of the socially conservative Cornerstone Group, the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) and the Countryside Alliance. He is a vocal supporter of the Eurosceptic pressure group Leave Means Leave.[5]

First elected in 1997, Hayes is the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Lincolnshire constituency of South Holland and The Deepings. At the 2017 General Election, the constituency recorded a higher Conservative share of the vote than any constituency since 1970, with 69.9% of voters backing the party.[6] South Holland also delivered the nation's second highest Leave vote in the 2016 referendum on the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union. 73.6% of voters endorsed Britain's withdrawal from the EU, second only to neighbouring Boston[7]

Early life and career[edit]

Hayes was born into a working-class family in Woolwich and grew up on a council estate.[8] He was educated at the Colfe's Grammar School (Lewisham) and at the University of Nottingham from where he graduated with a BA degree in politics and a PGCE in history and English. Hayes was involved in a campaign to create a pipe-smoking society affiliated to the Students' Union. He also chaired the University's Conservative Association from 1981-82 while being President of one of the residential halls, Lincoln's JCR, and served as treasurer of the University's Students' Union from 1982-83.

Before entering Parliament, he was a sales director for The Data Base Ltd, an IT company based in Nottingham.[9]

He was elected to Nottinghamshire County Council in 1985 where he was the Conservative Group Spokesman on Education and Chairman of its Campaigns Committee. He served there for 13 years, standing down following his election to parliament. He contested Derbyshire North East at the 1987 general election but was defeated by Labour's Harry Barnes by 3,720 votes.[10] He fought the same seat at the 1992 general election and although he increased the Tory vote, finished some 6,270 votes behind Barnes.[11]

Parliamentary career[edit]

Early years (1997–2010)[edit]

Hayes was first elected to the House of Commons for the newly created seat of South Holland and The Deepings in Lincolnshire at the 1997 general election. He secured a majority of 7,991 and has been elected with increased majorities at successive elections since with swings to him of 4.4% in 2001, 4.3% in 2005 and 0.3% in 2010, increasing the Conservative share of the vote to 59.1%, so making it a safe seat for the Tories. He made his maiden speech on 2 July 1997.[citation needed]

In parliament, Hayes served on the Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Select Committee for two years from 1997 and two years on the education and employment committee from 1998. In 1999, he was appointed as a vice chairman of the Conservative Party with responsibility for campaigning by William Hague, and in 2000 continued on the frontbench as Shadow Schools Minister in the education and skills. He was appointed Assistant Chief Whip Opposition Whip by Iain Duncan Smith — for whom Hayes had been a speech writer — in 2001, before entering his shadow cabinet as the shadow Agriculture & Fisheries Secretary in 2002.[citation needed]

In 2003, after Michael Howard became Conservative leader, Hayes was appointed as Shadow Minister for Housing & Planning. He was briefly a spokesman on transport following the 2005 general election before being moved by David Cameron later in 2005 to again speak on education and skills and in particular on vocational education. He was promoted by Cameron to Shadow Minister for Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education in 2007.[citation needed]

Since 2010[edit]

On 13 May 2010, Hayes was appointed as Minister of State for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning jointly at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department for Education. On 4 September 2012 he was appointed Minister of State for Energy at the Department for Energy and Climate Change. On 28 March 2013, he was removed from the DECC and replaced by Michael Fallon. Hayes became Minister without Portfolio and Senior Parliamentary Adviser to the prime minister in the Cabinet Office. He was appointed to the Privy Council on 9 April 2013.[4]

Hayes was appointed as Minister of State at the Department for Transport in the reshuffle on 15 July 2014 [12] with responsibility for national roads, Highways Agency reform and the Infrastructure Bill, and maritime issues. He is also the commons spokesman on bus policy.[9]

After the 2015 general election, Hayes was moved to the Home Office, being appointed "Minister of State, Minister for Security", with responsibility for counter-terrorism, security, serious organised crime and cyber crime, amongst other issues.[9]

In the government formed by Theresa May in July 2016, Hayes was reshuffled back to the Department for Transport, with responsibility for High Speed Rail (HS2), Aviation, Europe and International, Maritime, Devolution, cycling and walking.[13] He resigned from his post as Minister of State for Transport on 9 January 2018 during a cabinet reshuffle and was replaced by Jo Johnson.[14]


He is a member of the Countryside Alliance and of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC). He has served as the chairman of the All Party Group on disability and secretary of the All Party Group on brain injury. Since 2009, he has been Honorary Chairman of the British Caribbean Association.


  1. ^ "John Hayes web archive back up". Archived from the original on 13 February 2009. Retrieved 6 May 2007.  - 27 September 2012
  2. ^ a b "The Conservative Party website". Retrieved 20 October 2010. 
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  4. ^ a b "Orders for 9 April 2013" (PDF). Privy Council Office. 
  5. ^ "Co-Chairmen - Political Advisory Board - Supporters". Leave Means Leave. 
  6. ^ "South Holland and The Deepings (UK Parliament constituency)", Wikipedia, 2018-06-26, retrieved 2018-08-30 
  7. ^ "EU referendum: The result in maps and charts". BBC News. 2016-06-24. Retrieved 2018-08-30. 
  8. ^ "John Hayes: "I am the personification of Blue Collar Conservatism" - Conservative Home". 
  9. ^ a b c "The Rt Hon John Hayes". 11 May 2015. Retrieved 12 May 2015. 
  10. ^ "North East Derbyshire (UK Parliament constituency)", Wikipedia, 2018-06-22, retrieved 2018-08-30 
  11. ^ "North East Derbyshire (UK Parliament constituency)", Wikipedia, 2018-06-22, retrieved 2018-08-30 
  12. ^ "At-a-glance: Reshuffle movers". 15 July 2014 – via 
  13. ^ "Junior Minister Reshuffle". Guido Fawkes. 16 July 2016. Retrieved 16 July 2016. 
  14. ^ "John Hayes resigns from government". The Voice. Retrieved 9 January 2018. 

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