Keith Hill (politician)

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The Right Honourable
Keith Hill
Keith Hill MP (cropped).jpg
Hill in 1999
Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Prime Minister
In office
6 May 2005 – 27 June 2007
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Preceded by David Hanson
Succeeded by Ian Austin
Angela Smith
Minister of State for Housing and Planning
In office
13 June 2003 – 6 May 2005
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Preceded by Jeff Rooker
Succeeded by Yvette Cooper
Treasurer of the Household
In office
8 June 2001 – 13 June 2003
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Preceded by Keith Bradley
Succeeded by Bob Ainsworth
Minister for London
In office
29 July 1999 – 8 June 2001
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Preceded by Nick Raynsford
Succeeded by Nick Raynsford
Member of Parliament
for Streatham
In office
10 April 1992 – 12 April 2010
Preceded by William Shelton
Succeeded by Chuka Umunna
Personal details
Born (1943-07-28) 28 July 1943 (age 73)
Leicester, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Alma mater Corpus Christi College, Oxford
University of Wales, Aberystwyth

Trevor Keith Hill (born 28 July 1943, Leicester) is an English politician who served in a variety of Government roles as a Whip and a junior minister.

He was Labour Member of Parliament for Streatham, from the 1992 general election to 2010, having announced on 23 May 2007 that he would be standing down as an MP at the next general election. He was offered a knighthood in the 2010 Dissolution Honours, but declined the honour saying he would find the "whole idea a little embarrassing and too much for me".[1]

Education and early career[edit]

Hill was educated at City Boys' Grammar School in Leicester, from where he won a scholarship to Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He completed a Diploma in Education at University College of Wales, Aberystwyth.

He was then a politics lecturer, firstly in the University of Leicester and at the University of Strathclyde from 1969–1973. He worked as a research officer for the Labour Party's International Department from 1974–1976 before becoming a political officer for the National Union of Railwaymen, subsequently amalgamated into the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT). In the 1979 general election he stood unsuccessfully as Labour Candidate in Blaby.

Political career[edit]

In the 1992 election, Hill outperformed Labour's national performance by being the first Labour MP elected for the Streatham constituency. He defeated the incumbent Conservative MP Sir William Shelton by a convincing margin. This partly reflected changing demographics in the constituency, which includes a large swathe of Brixton.

Following his election as an MP, he served on the Select Committee for Transport from 1992 to 1997. His first Government appointment was as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Hilary Armstrong in 1997. He became an Assistant Government Whip from 1998 to 1999.[2]

Keith Hill's ministerial career started when he was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary for Transport (as well as Minister for London) at the then Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR) in 1999. During his time at DETR, he was responsible for local transport and transport in London.[3]

As Minister for London, Keith Hill was closely involved in preparing the way for London mayoral elections. This was a task that he took to with clear relish – regional television viewers saw Mr Hill doing a rap in the middle of Trafalgar Square with a baseball hat on back to front to try to encourage young Londoners to vote in the elections.[4]

In the ministerial appointments following the 2001 election, Keith Hill moved to the position of Deputy Chief Whip. In a 13 June 2003 reshuffle, Hill was promoted to Minister of State rank and joined the Privy Council. He served as Minister for Housing and Planning at the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister until the 2005 General Election. During this period he had lead responsibility for housing, planning, the Thames Gateway, urban policy and liveability issues, and was Minister for London and the Dome. In the reshuffle following the 2005 general election, Keith Hill was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Prime Minister, Rt Hon. Tony Blair MP. He returned to the backbenches on Gordon Brown becoming Prime Minister in June 2007.[5]

Since leaving parliament he has become the chair of Lambeth Living,[6] an ALMO (arm's length management organisation) which administers most of Lambeth Council's social housing stock.

In 2012 Keith Hill was appointed as the independent regulator for the Association of Residential Managing Agent's (ARMA) new self-regulatory regime. ARMA is a trade association for firms that manage private residential leasehold blocks of flats in England & Wales and Hill's appointment marks the first time that managing agents have been subject to independent regulation.[7]

Keith Hill was confirmed by Hammersmith & Fulham Council in February 2015 as Chair of the Residents' Commission on Council Housing.[8] The Commission is working with council house tenants and leaseholders to explore how they can be given more control and safeguards over their homes, rents and service charges. The Residents’ Housing Commission is in the midst of assessing the wide range of options available to give residents more control over their homes. The Commission is made up of the independent chair, six tenants, three leaseholders and three independent experts. It had held 9 public hearings taking evidence from leading independent housing experts, senior members of the housing department, residents and members of the public. It is expected that the Commission will report its recommendation in the Autumn 2015.

Personal life[edit]

Now married, Hill once shared a flat with actor/comedian Eddie Izzard.[9]


Hill was described by Routledge's Almanac of British Politics as "One of the government's insufficiently sung heroes".[10]


External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir William Shelton
Member of Parliament for Streatham
Succeeded by
Chuka Umunna
Political offices
Preceded by
Keith Bradley
Treasurer of the Household
Succeeded by
Bob Ainsworth
Preceded by
Jeff Rooker
Minister of State for Housing and Planning
Succeeded by
Yvette Cooper