Philip Hunt, Baron Hunt of Kings Heath

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The Lord Hunt of Kings Heath

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Hunt in 2018
Deputy Leader of the House of Lords
In office
5 October 2008 – 11 May 2010
Prime MinisterGordon Brown
LeaderThe Baroness Royall of Blaisdon
Preceded byThe Lord Rooker
Succeeded byThe Lord McNally
Minister of State for Sustainable Development, Climate Change Adaptation and Air Quality
In office
5 October 2008 – 11 May 2010
Prime MinisterGordon Brown
Preceded byPhil Woolas
Succeeded byGreg Barker
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice
In office
2 July 2007 – 5 October 2008
Prime MinisterGordon Brown
Preceded byThe Baroness Ashton of Upholland
Succeeded byThe Lord Bach
Minister of State for National Health Services Reform
In office
5 January 2007 – 28 June 2007
Prime MinisterTony Blair
Preceded byThe Lord Warner
Succeeded byDawn Primarolo
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
In office
10 May 2005 – 4 January 2007
Prime MinisterTony Blair
Preceded byThe Baroness Hollis of Heigham
Succeeded byThe Lord McKenzie of Luton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health
In office
1 January 1998 – 17 March 2003
Prime MinisterTony Blair
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byThe Lord Warner
Lord-in-Waiting
Government Whip
In office
28 July 1998  – 28 July 1999
Prime MinisterTony Blair
Preceded byThe Lord Whitty
Succeeded byThe Lord Bach
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
20 October 1997
Life Peerage
Personal details
Born19 May 1949 (1949-05-19) (age 71)
NationalityBritish
Political partyLabour Co-operative
Alma materUniversity of Leeds

Philip Alexander Hunt, Baron Hunt of Kings Heath, OBE, PC (born 19 May 1949) is a former health administrator and a Labour Co-operative member of the House of Lords.

Early life and career[edit]

Born in 1949, Philip Hunt was educated at the single-sex grammar school City of Oxford High School for Boys, later the Oxford School. He graduated from the University of Leeds in 1970 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political studies.

Professional career[edit]

Hunt became a works study officer in 1972 for the Oxford Regional Hospital Board, moving to Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre as hospital administrator in 1974. He was the first Secretary of Edgware and Hendon Community Health Council. He was the first Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation, and previously Director of the National Association of Health Authorities and Trusts (NAHAT) from its formation in 1990. Before that he was Director of its predecessor organisation, the National Association of Health Authorities (NAHA) from 1984 to 1990. In the 1993 Birthday Honours, he was appointed to the Order of the British Empire as an Officer (OBE) for "services to the NHS".[1]

Hunt was President of the Royal Society for Public Health from 2010 to 2018.[2]

Parliamentary career[edit]

In 1997, Hunt was created a life peer in the House of Lords with the title Baron Hunt of Kings Heath, of Birmingham in the County of West Midlands, taking the Labour whip.[3] He served as a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Health from 1999 until his resignation in 2003 over the Invasion of Iraq.

Hunt was re-appointed to government in May 2005 as a PUSS at the Department for Work and Pensions. He returned to the Department of Health as Minister of State in January 2007.

Following the appointment of Gordon Brown as Prime Minister, Hunt moved to the Ministry of Justice as a PUSS in July of that year. In the October 2008 government reshuffle, Hunt became Deputy Leader of the House of Lords and Minister of State for Sustainable Development, Climate Change Adaptation and Air Quality at both the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the newly created Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), later leaving DEFRA in 2009 to work solely at DECC. In June 2009, he was sworn in as a member of the Privy Council. He left his ministerial offices in May 2010 after Labour lost the general election.

Following the election of Ed Miliband as Labour Party leader, Hunt was appointed Labour's spokesperson on Home Affairs and the Cabinet Office in the House of Lords.[4] He left these roles in September 2012. He served as Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Lords from 2010 until 2017.[5] He was a Lords spokesperson for Health, later Health and Social Care, from 6 September 2012 until leaving the role on 24 May 2018 to become a backbencher.

In September 2011, Hunt contributed to the book What next for Labour? Ideas for a new generation; his piece was entitled Our NHS: The Labour Party Challenge.[6]

From 2011 until 2014, he served as Chair of Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "No. 53332". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 June 1993. p. 11.
  2. ^ RSPH press release announcing Lord Hunt as new President Archived 2010-07-21 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "No. 54928". The London Gazette. 23 October 1997. p. 11907.
  4. ^ "Labour's New Front Bench Team". 2010-10-10. Archived from the original on 2011-08-09. Retrieved 2010-12-23.
  5. ^ "Lord Hunt of Kings Heath". Retrieved 2011-01-12.
  6. ^ www.whatnextforlabour.com/contributors/

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Political offices
Preceded by
The Lord Rooker
Deputy Leader of the House of Lords
2008–2010
Succeeded by
The Lord McNally
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by
The Lord Cope of Berkeley
Gentlemen
Baron Hunt of Kings Heath
Followed by
The Lord Hunt of Wirral