Bill McKenzie, Baron McKenzie of Luton

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The Lord McKenzie of Luton
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Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Communities and Local Government
In office
5 June 2009 – 6 May 2010
Prime MinisterGordon Brown
Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Work and Pensions
In office
8 January 2007 – 6 May 2010
Prime MinisterTony Blair
Gordon Brown
Personal details
Born (1946-07-24) 24 July 1946 (age 72)
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)Diana Joyce Angliss (1972-)
Alma materUniversity of Bristol

William David McKenzie, Baron McKenzie of Luton (Bill McKenzie) (born 24 July 1946) is an English Labour politician and, up to the General Election of 2010, was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department for Communities and Local Government.[1] He is also a former Partner at accounting firm Price Waterhouse which became PricewaterhouseCoopers following a 1998 merger.

Education and early career[edit]

Born in 1946, the son of Donald and Elsie May McKenzie, formerly Doust, McKenzie was educated at the University of Bristol between 1964 and 1967, graduating with a BA degree in Economics and Accounting. In 1967 he began his accountancy career at Martin Rata and Partners as an articled clerk and went on to qualify as a professional accountant. He moved to Price Waterhouse in 1973, working for a senior manager in many locations. In 1980 he was promoted to a Partner, holding this position until 1986, when he became a consultant. He stayed within the company, but in 1992 moved to Hong Kong, working first as consultant, and then as a partner again. He acted as partner-in-charge for Price Waterhouse Vietnam from 1996 to 1998.[2]

Early political career[edit]

McKenzie twice contested the seat of Luton South in the 1987 and 1992 General Elections respectively. However, both times his bid to become a Member of Parliament (MP) was unsuccessful.

He was an elected member of Luton Borough Council from 1976 to 1992 then again from 1999 to 2005, following a spell in the far east. He was its leader until May 2003 and remained on the Council until 2005. He covered a number of roles during his Council service, particularly relating to local governance finance. During this time he was a member of the GMB trade union serving a range of trades from clerical work to furniture manufacturers. Lord McKenzie remains a member of GMB.[1][2] He was also Chairman of London Luton Airport.[1]

Recent political career[edit]

McKenzie was elevated to the peerage on 18 June 2004 as Baron McKenzie of Luton, of Luton, in the County of Bedfordshire.[3] He was appointed Government Spokesperson in the House of Lords Treasury and a Whip for the Department of Trade and Industry in May 2005. Before being awarded a peerage, Lord McKenzie had been an advisor to Labour's Shadow Treasury team and a member of the original Fabian Society Taxation Review Committee. McKenzie served as a Lord in Waiting and Government Spokesperson in the House of Lords for Treasury and Industry issues from 2005 to 2007.[4] He was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions on 8 January 2007 and among his ministerial responsibilities are health and safety at work and the Health and Safety Executive.[1] In the June 2009 reshuffle he retained this role, in addition to becoming a minister at the Department for Communities and Local Government.

After the 2010 General Election, Lord McKenzie shadowed his former roles in the House of Lords, as opposition spokesman on both Work and Pensions, and Communities and Local Government. He remained in this position after the election of Ed Miliband as Labour Party leader.[5]

Personal life[edit]

McKenzie married Diana Joyce Angliss in 1972 and lives in Luton. She became Lady McKenzie of Luton when her husband was elevated to the peerage in 2004. Lord McKenzie's "leisure interests include swimming, reading and concerts."[2]


  1. ^ a b c d "Lord McKenzie of Luton". Department for Work and Pensions. Department for Work and Pensions. 24 June 2008. Archived from the original on 27 August 2007. Retrieved 24 June 2008.
  2. ^ a b c "Lord Bill McKenzie". Luton Labour Party. Luton Labour Party. 24 June 2008. Archived from the original on 6 July 2008. Retrieved 24 June 2008.
  3. ^ "Person Page - 19160". Darryl Lundy. 24 June 2008. Retrieved 24 June 2008.
  4. ^ McKenzie of Luton, William David McKenzie. (2008). Who's Who 2008. A&C Black
  5. ^ "Lord McKenzie of Luton". Archived from the original on 27 December 2010. Retrieved 12 January 2011.

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