Hampson was educated at King James I Grammar School, Bishop Auckland, where he was head boy, the University of Bristol and Harvard and was a university lecturer by profession. He was a personal assistant to Edward Heath in the 1966 general election.
He was elected the MP for Ripon in February 1974, a seat that the Liberals had gained in a by-election the previous year. The constituency was abolished for the 1983 general election, and Hampson was then elected for Leeds North West. Hampson was PPS to Michael Heseltine, then Defence Secretary, when he was involved in a May 1984 incident in a gay theatre club in Soho where Hampson "accidentally brushed" the thigh of an undercover police officer. Although the court case against him was dropped, Hampson was forced to resign as PPS. In 1990, with Michael Mates, Hampson ran Heseltine's Conservative Party leadership campaign. At the 1997 general election he was defeated by Labour candidate Harold Best.
Keith Hampson married former fashion model Frances Pauline Einhorn in May 1975 but she died in an accident the following September. He is now married to the British journalist and broadcaster Sue Cameron.
- Times Guide to the House of Commons, February 1974 and 1997 editions.
- Guardian information on Hampson
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Keith Hampson
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