Paddy Tipping

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Paddy Tipping
Police and Crime Commissioner
for Nottinghamshire Police
Assumed office
15 November 2012
Preceded by Office Created
Deputy Leader of the House of Commons
In office
28 March 2007 – 28 June 2007
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Leader Jack Straw
Preceded by Nigel Griffiths
Succeeded by Helen Goodman
In office
23 December 1998 – 11 June 2001
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Leader Margaret Beckett
Robin Cook
Succeeded by Stephen Twigg
Member of Parliament
for Sherwood
In office
10 April 1992 – 12 April 2010
Preceded by Andrew Stewart
Succeeded by Mark Spencer
Personal details
Born (1949-10-24) 24 October 1949 (age 66)
Halifax, West Yorkshire
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Alma mater University of Nottingham

Simon Patrick Tipping (born 24 October 1949) is a British Labour Party politician who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Sherwood from 1992 to 2010.

Early life[edit]

Tipping was born in Halifax. He went to Hipperholme Grammar School (when a state school) in Hipperholme. At the University of Nottingham, he gained a BA in Philosophy in 1972 and an MA in Social Sciences in 1978. He was a social worker in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire from 1972-1979. From 1979-1983, he was a Project leader for the (C of E) Children's Society in Nottingham. From 1981 to 1993 he was a Nottinghamshire County Councillor.

Parliamentary career[edit]

Tipping contested Rushcliffe in 1987. He took Sherwood from the Conservatives in 1992.

Tipping served in a number of junior government positions, becoming Parliamentary Private Secretary to Home Secretary Jack Straw in 1997. In 1999 he was then promoted to Deputy Leader of the House of Commons[1][2][3] and appointed a junior minister at the Privy Council office, where he was responsible for overseeing millennium bug preparedness. Tipping became Chairman of the sub-committee on Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in 2001 and, after a short period on the back benches, in 2006 he again served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Jack Straw.

On 23 October 2009, Tipping announced his decision to stand down at the next general election, following ill-health.[4]

Tipping is Nottingham's first Police and Crime Commissioner, having stood in the inaugural Nottingham PCC election in 2012. Tipping announced plans to pay a "pension" to cover medical bills etc. for retired police dogs, a move which dog handlers welcomed.[5]

Personal life[edit]

He is Vice-President of the Ramblers Association. He married Irene Margaret Quinn on 8 January 1970 in Nottingham. They have two daughters. He suffered a heart attack in June 2009.


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