Karl Turner (politician)

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Karl Turner MP
Member of Parliament
for Kingston upon Hull East
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by John Prescott
Majority 8,597 (25.1%)
Personal details
Born (1971-04-15) 15 April 1971 (age 44)
Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Leanne Turner
Alma mater University of Hull

Karl Turner[1] (born 15 April 1971)[2] is a British Labour Party politician, who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Kingston upon Hull East since 2010.

Early life[edit]

Born in Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, Turner was educated at Bransholme High School and left school at the age of 16. From 1987 - 1989 he attended HCC Training to study Business Administration.[3][4] Later, Turner became a self-employed antiques dealer.[5] He earned a law degree as a mature student at the University of Hull.[5] He became a barrister in 2005 after passing the Bar Vocational Course at Northumbria University and went on to practise criminal law for the Max Gold Partnership in Hull.[5]

Parliamentary career[edit]

Turner was selected by the Labour Party as the prospective parliamentary candidate for Kingston upon Hull East in March 2008 (although this was not confirmed by Labour Party HQ until August 2008) for the upcoming general election after John Prescott confirmed he would not stand.[6] He was elected to the House of Commons as Member of Parliament for Kingston upon Hull East in the 2010 general election by a majority of 8,597.[7]

On 3 December 2014, Turner was appointed Shadow Solicitor General by Labour leader Ed Miliband. He will also continue to serve as an opposition whip.[8]

Turner admitted breaking House of Commons rules by sending out invitations to a £45-a-head Labour Party fundraising event from parliamentary email.[9]


  1. ^ The London Gazette: no. 59418. p. 8747. 13 May 2010.
  2. ^ "Karl Turner MP". BBC Democracy Live. BBC News. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  3. ^ Hull Training Alumni Profile 5 May 2011
  4. ^ Karl Turner MP Website 5 May 2011
  5. ^ a b c "Turner's bid for history books". Hull Daily Mail. 18 March 2008. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  6. ^ "Prescott's Hull East successor confirmed". Hull Daily Mail. 1 September 2008. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  7. ^ "Hull East". BBC News. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  8. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-30310735
  9. ^ http://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/Hull-MP-Karl-Turner-admits-breaking-House-Commons/story-21012045-detail/story.html
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Prescott
Member of Parliament for Kingston upon Hull East