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Kerry Patrick Pollard (born 27 April 1944) is a Labour politician in the United Kingdom. He was elected at the general election of 1997 as Member of Parliament for St Albans, and held the seat until his defeat at the general election of 2005.

Kerry Pollard
Member of Parliament
for St Albans
In office
1 May 1997 – 11 April 2005
Preceded byPeter Lilley
Succeeded byAnne Main
Personal details
Born (1944-04-27) 27 April 1944 (age 75)
Political partyLabour
Marillyn Pollard (m. 1966)

Early lifeEdit

Pollard was brought up in Rochdale. He attended the Catholic Thornleigh Salesian College in Astley Bridge, Bolton. He has an Open University Bachelor of Arts degree in industrial relations and urban regeneration.

Before ParliamentEdit

Pollard was a Housing Association director, interested in social justice and social inclusion. He finished in third place in what would mark his first attempt to be elected as the MP for the constituency of St Albans at the general election of 1992.[1] From 1962 to 1992, Pollard was a Chemical Engineer for British Gas plc. He was subsequently Chief Executive of Cherry Tree Housing Association from 1992 to 1997. Since 1984, he has been a magistrate.

In 1982, he became a councillor on St Albans District Council, where he remained until 1997. He was also a councillor on Hertfordshire County Council from 1989 to 1997.

Parliamentary careerEdit

Kerry Pollard raised an early day motion in the House of Commons on Monday 19 April 1999, in support of Bradford & Bingley Building Society's fight to stay mutual.[2] He urged Bradford & Bingley members to vote against moves to force Britain's second largest building society to convert to a bank, saying "the early day motion will express the fear that were Bradford & Bingley Building Society to become a bank, the entire building society movement will be damaged directly."

In the United Kingdom Parliament, Pollard opposed the wars led by the United States in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan, but his most consistent aberrations from the party instructions were over benefits – he voted on several occasions against cuts in state benefits.[3] Pollard chaired the all party small business group.

A Christian socialist, Pollard took a conservative line on questions of personal morality: he was a member of the all party pro-life group, and was one of a handful of Labour MPs to oppose the equalisation of the age of consent. As an MP, he appeared on former BBC day time chat show Kilroy, contributing to topics such as the problem of personal debt, with comments including "Surely the banks have some sort of responsibility?".

After ParliamentEdit

Kerry Pollard joined the management board of Ridgehill Housing Association in 2005,[4] rising to become, upon merging with William Sutton Housing Association, the chair of William Sutton Homes.[5] Following the merger of the William Sutton Group and Affinity Homes Group on 1 October 2006, Pollard was removed as chair of William Sutton Homes on 25 April 2007, after he had complained to the Housing Association about the behaviour of the new parent company.[6]

Pollard chaired the Labour Housing Group until 2016.[7]


Kerry Pollard stood again as the Labour Party candidate for the St Albans seat he lost in 2005 to Anne Main of the Conservative Party. In May 2015, Main got 47% of the vote, Pollard got 23%, Sandy Walkington (Liberal Democrat) got 19% and Chris Wright (UKIP) got 8%.[8]


Kerry Pollard again stood as the official Labour candidate and he faced Anne Main again. At this election, on 8 June 2017, Main received a 43% share of the vote, Daisy Cooper (Liberal Democrat) got 32%, Pollard got 23% and Jack Easton (Green Party) got 2%.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

He married Maralyn Murphy in 1966, and they have five sons and two daughters. They have lived in St Albans since 1969.


  1. ^ "Kerry Pollard". BBC News. 16 October 2002. Retrieved 3 August 2007.
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  4. ^ "Review for the tenants". Ridgehill Housing Association. Winter 2005.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Ex-MP calls time on political career". Herts Advertiser. 12 October 2006. Retrieved 15 February 2009.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Hutchings, E. (19 July 2007). "Whistleblowers ousted from housing firm". Borehamwood & Elstree Times. Retrieved 15 February 2009.
  7. ^ Labour Housing Group website, at .
  8. ^ Google election results, at .
  9. ^ BBC website, at .

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