John Hutton, Baron Hutton of Furness
John Matthew Patrick Hutton, Baron Hutton of Furness, PC (born 6 May 1955) is a British Labour politician who was Member of Parliament (MP) for Barrow and Furness from 1992 to 2010 and served in a number of Cabinet offices, including Defence Secretary and Business Secretary. He is now the Chairman of the Royal United Services Institute.
Hutton was born 6 May 1955, in London, though his family moved to Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex when he was 8. He was educated at Westcliff High School for Boys and Magdalen College, Oxford, where he joined the Conservative, Liberal and Labour Associations and gained a BA in 1976 and a BCL 1978. He worked for a year as a bus driver. For two years he was a legal adviser to the CBI. From 1980–81, he was a research associate for Templeton College, Oxford. He went on to become a senior law lecturer at the Newcastle Polytechnic from 1981–92 before turning back to politics.
Hutton first stood for election in the Penrith and the Borders seat in 1987. Two years later, he also failed to be elected as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the Cumbria and North Lancashire region. His election to the Barrow and Furness seat in the 1992 general election saw him replace Cecil Franks as MP with a majority of 3,578. His majority increased to 14,497 in the Labour landslide of the 1997 Election.
After being a part of the Department of Health from 1998, he was made a member of the Privy Council in 2001. In the reshuffle following the 2005 general election (in which his majority fell to just over 6,000), he was made Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, replacing his close friend and former flatmate, Alan Milburn.
His position in this role was short lived, however. Following the second resignation of David Blunkett, Hutton was appointed as his replacement in the role of Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on 2 November 2005. Hutton was seen as one of Tony Blair's closest supporters but survived in cabinet following Blair's resignation in June 2007 and was moved by new Prime Minister Gordon Brown to be Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, which incorporated the bulk of portfolios from the now dissolved Department of Trade and Industry, including Energy security issues which many had expected to be ceded to DEFRA.
In September 2006, while discussing the forthcoming Labour Party leadership election, Hutton gave an anonymous quote to BBC journalist Nick Robinson that Gordon Brown would be a "fucking disaster" as prime minister.
He was moved into the role of Secretary of State for Defence in the cabinet reshuffle on 3 October 2008. On 5 June 2009, Hutton resigned his Cabinet position and announced his intention to stand down as an MP at the next general election.
House of Lords
On 27 June 2010, he was created a life peer as Baron Hutton of Furness, of Aldingham in the County of Cumbria, and was introduced in the House of Lords on 1 July 2010, where he sits on the Labour benches.
In June 2010, it was announced that Hutton had joined the board of US nuclear power company Hyperion Power Generation. The Advisory Committee on Business Appointments stipulated that he should not lobby his former department for 12 months.
It was also announced in June 2010, that the Conservative – Lib Dem coalition had asked him to head a commission into public sector pensions. His initial report was published in October 2010. The final report was published in March 2011. On 19 June 2011, Hutton rejected claims by trade unionists and Labour colleagues that he had been used as a 'stooge' by the government and dismissed speculation regarding his motives for accepting the coalition's invitation.
John Hutton married Rosemary Caroline Little in 1978 in Oxford. They had three sons, Jack, George and Edward, Author of the NHS's 'Urgent Care: Case For Change' project, as well as a daughter, before divorcing in 1993. He married civil servant Heather Rogers in 2004.
He is a member of Cemetery Cottages Working Men's Club, Barrow.
In 2008 John Hutton's first book was published, a non-fiction book with the title Kitchener's Men – The King's Own Royal Lancasters on the Western Front 1915–18. In it, Hutton gives a "graphic insight into the daily routine and grim reality of warfare on the Western Front for men who were mostly recruited from the Furness area of the North-West. This was followed in 2010 by 'August 1914, Surrender at St. Quentin'.
He has also co-authored the book 'How to be a minister – a 21st-century guide' with Sir Leigh Lewis. It was published in September 2014.
- Richard Northedge "Hutton dressed as lamb?", The Daily Telegraph, 22 July 2007
- "Hutton dressed as lamb?". The Daily Telegraph. 22 July 2007. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
- Robinson, Nick (22 December 2009). "Outed: Minister who said Brown would be absolute disaster". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 27 December 2009.
- "UK | UK Politics | Hutton quits in cabinet reshuffle". BBC News. 5 June 2009. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
- "Ex-defence secretary speaks of strain of Iraq losses". BBC News. 25 January 2010. Retrieved 29 January 2010.
- "House of Lords Business". Publications.parliament.uk. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
- Jason Groves (16 June 2010). "Ex-Labour energy chief walks into top nuclear post". Mail Online. Retrieved 16 June 2010.
- "John Hutton to head public sector pensions commission". BBC News. 20 June 2010. Retrieved 20 June 2010.
- Public pensions review recommends higher contributions BBC News, 7 October 2010
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 January 2012. Retrieved 18 February 2012.
- "Lord Hutton: Unions are wrong to strike". BBC News. 19 June 2011. Retrieved 1 July 2011.
- "John Hutton announced as NIA chairman". East of England Energy Group. 10 May 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
- "UK | UK Politics | Profile: John Hutton". BBC News. 3 November 2005. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
- Pen and Sword Books, 2008
- "Guild of Battlefield Guides". Gbg-international.com. 9 April 1918. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
- "'How to be a minister – a 21st century guide'". Better Government Initiative. 6 September 2014. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
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for Barrow and Furness
| Minister for the Cabinet Office
| Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster|
| Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
as Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
| Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
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| Secretary of State for Defence