Peter Kyle

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Peter Kyle

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Member of Parliament
for Hove
Assumed office
7 May 2015
Preceded byMike Weatherley
Majority18,757 (32.6%)
Personal details
Born (1970-09-09) 9 September 1970 (age 48)
West Sussex, United Kingdom
Political partyLabour
Alma materUniversity of Sussex

Peter Kyle (born 9 September 1970) is a British Labour Party politician and former charity sector executive. He has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Hove since the May 2015 general election.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Kyle grew up in West Sussex and moved to Brighton and Hove in 1996. He gained a doctorate in community development from the University of Sussex. In 2006 he became a Cabinet Office special advisor focusing on social exclusion policy.

In his earlier career, he worked as an aid worker in Eastern Europe and the Balkans helping young people whose lives had been affected by the political instability created by war.[2]

In 2013, he became chief executive of Working for Youth, a newly formed charity focusing on helping unemployed youth.[3]

Parliamentary career[edit]

In the 215 election, Kyle had a majority of 1,236, increasing that to 18,757 in the 2017 election.

Kyle has championed causes such as apprenticeships[4] pledging to create 1,000 apprenticeships in 1,000 days in co-operation with the council and via the creation of a Greater Brighton Employer Skills Task Force.[5]

He sits on the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee where he questioned Mike Ashley, boss of Sports Direct, over poor working practices in his warehouses. Ashley accused Kyle of making "defamatory comments" against him and called for the MP to stand down from the committee.[6]

Kyle, who backed Liz Kendall in the 2015 Labour leadership election, was among those who spoke out against Jeremy Corbyn's candidacy for the leadership of the Labour Party.[7] He supported Owen Smith in the failed attempt to replace Jeremy Corbyn in the 2016 Labour Party (UK) leadership election.[8]

He was chair of governors of Brighton Aldridge Community Academy.[9][10]

Kyle campaigned for remain during the EU membership referendum, 2016. In June 2018, he said "Brexit is a big deal but it's not a done deal".[11]

In June 2019, Kyle confirmed his intention to stand as a candidate at the next General Election, tweeting a copy of his reselection confirmation form.[12][13]

Kyle is a member of Labour Friends of Israel.[14]


  1. ^ "Hove parliamentary constituency – Election 2015 – BBC News". BBC News. Retrieved 19 November 2015.
  2. ^ "Brighton and Hove News » Hove MP shares his experience of working in aid camps in Commons debate". Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  3. ^ Ainsworth, David (5 August 2013). "Peter Kyle to leave Acevo later this year". Third Sector. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Peter Kyle: Championing apprenticeships in Hove and Portslade - Brighton & Hove Independent". Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  5. ^ "1,000 Apprenticeships | Brighton & Hove City Council". Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  6. ^ Armstrong, Ashley. "Mike Ashley: MP must resign from Sports Direct inquiry". Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Jeremy Corbyn would be an "electoral disaster" for the Labour party says Hove MP". The Argus. 13 August 2015. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  8. ^ "Full list of MPs and MEPs backing challenger Owen Smith". LabourList. 21 July 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  9. ^ website, Brighton Aldridge Community Academy. "Brighton Aldridge Community Academy - Section 13 - Governors' Information and Duties". Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  10. ^ le Duc, Frank (12 July 2017). "MP steps down as chair of governors at Brighton school". Brighton and Hove News. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  11. ^ "Peter Kyle: Brexit is a big deal – but it is not a done deal". LabourList. 25 June 2018.
  12. ^ Peter Kyle MP [@peterkyle] (25 June 2019). "Yes, I will be a candidate at the next election. Then, as always, it'll be for our whole community to decide what happens next" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  13. ^ let Duc, Frank (29 June 2019). "Hove MP's vow to stand at next election throws down the gauntlet". Brighton and Hove News.
  14. ^ "LFI Supporters in Parliament". Labour Friends of Israel. 16 July 2019.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Mike Weatherley
Member of Parliament
for Hove