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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.


The Lord Hunt of Kings Heath

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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath's official parliamentary photo
Deputy Leader of the House of Lords
In office
5 October 2008 – 11 May 2010
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterGordon Brown
LeaderThe Baroness Royall of Blaisdon
Preceded byThe Lord Rooker
Succeeded byThe Lord McNally
Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change
In office
5 October 2008 – 11 May 2010
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterGordon Brown
Preceded byoffice established
Succeeded byGreg Barker
Minister of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
In office
5 October 2008 – 5 June 2009
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterGordon Brown
Preceded byThe Lord Rooker
Succeeded byJim Fitzpatrick
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice
In office
2 July 2007 – 5 October 2008
MonarchElizabeth II
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
MonarchElizabeth II
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
MonarchElizabeth II
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
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterTony Blair
Preceded bynew appointment
Succeeded byThe Lord Warner
Lord-in-Waiting
Government Whip
In office
28 July 1998  – 28 July 1999
MonarchElizabeth II
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 70)
NationalityBritish
Political partyLabour Co-operative
Alma materUniversity of Leeds

Early life and careerEdit

Philip Hunt was educated at the City of Oxford High School and Oxford School and left the University of Leeds in 1970 with a BA in political studies.

Professional careerEdit

He 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]

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

Parliamentary careerEdit

In 1997, Hunt was created a life peer with the title Baron Hunt of Kings Heath, of Birmingham in the County of West Midlands.[3] He served as a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Department of Health from 1999 until his resignation in 2003 over the Invasion of Iraq. He 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 and then moved to the Ministry of Justice as a PUSS in July of that year. In the October 2008 government reshuffle, Lord Hunt became Minister of State in both the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the newly created Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), as well as acting as the Deputy Leader of the House of Lords. In the June 2009 reshuffle he left DEFRA to focus solely on his roles in the Lords and at the DECC. He was sworn of the Privy Council the same month. In May 2010, he left the DECC when Labour lost the general election.

Following the election of Ed Miliband as Labour Party leader, Lord Hunt was appointed Labour's spokesman on Home Affairs in the House of Lords.[4] He also served as Labour's Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Lords from 2010 until 2017.[5] He is now a backbencher in the House of Lords who takes the Labour whip. He is a member of Labour Friends of Israel.[6]

In April 2011 he was appointed Chair of Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust he served until 2014.

In September 2011 he contributed to the book What next for Labour? Ideas for a new generation, his piece was entitled Our NHS: The Labour Party Challenge.[7]

Styles of addressEdit

  • 1949–1993: Mr Philip Hunt
  • 1993–1997: Mr Philip Hunt OBE
  • 1997–2009: The Rt Hon. The Lord Hunt of Kings Heath OBE
  • 2009–: The Rt Hon. The Lord Hunt of Kings Heath OBE PC

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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. ^ "LFI Supporters in Parliament". Labour Friends of Israel. Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  7. ^ www.whatnextforlabour.com/contributors/
Political offices
Preceded by
The Lord Rooker
Deputy Leader of the House of Lords
2008–2010
Succeeded by
The Lord McNally