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Simon Patrick Tipping (born 24 October 1949) is a British Labour Party politician who is the current Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner. He was the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Sherwood constituency from 1992 until 2010.

Paddy Tipping
Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner
Assumed office
15 November 2012
DeputyChris Cutland
Preceded byOffice created
Deputy Leader of the House of Commons
In office
28 March 2007 – 28 June 2007
Prime MinisterTony Blair
LeaderJack Straw
Preceded byNigel Griffiths
Succeeded byHelen Goodman
In office
23 December 1998 – 11 June 2001
Prime MinisterTony Blair
LeaderMargaret Beckett
Robin Cook
Succeeded byStephen Twigg
Member of Parliament
for Sherwood
In office
10 April 1992 – 12 April 2010
Preceded byAndrew Stewart
Succeeded byMark Spencer
Personal details
Born (1949-10-24) 24 October 1949 (age 69)
Halifax, West Yorkshire
Political partyLabour
Alma materUniversity of Nottingham

Early lifeEdit

Tipping was born in Halifax. He went to Hipperholme Grammar School (when a state school) in Hipperholme. At the University of Nottingham, he gained a BA in Philosophy in 1972 and an MA in Social Sciences in 1978. He was a social worker in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire from 1972 until 1979. Between 1979 and 1983 he was a Project Leader for the (Church of England) Children's Society in Nottingham. From 1981 to 1993 he was a Councillor on Nottinghamshire County Council.

Parliamentary careerEdit

Tipping contested Rushcliffe in 1987. He took Sherwood from the Conservatives in 1992.

Tipping served in a number of junior government positions, becoming Parliamentary Private Secretary to Home Secretary Jack Straw in 1997. In 1999 he was then promoted to Deputy Leader of the House of Commons[1][2][3] and appointed a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Privy Council Office, where he was responsible for dealing with issues relating to the year 2000 computer date problem. Following this, Tipping became Chairman of the sub-committee on Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in 2001 and, after a period on the backbenches, in 2006 he again served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Jack Straw.

On 23 October 2009, Tipping announced his decision to stand down at the next general election, following a period of ill health.[4]

Police and Crime CommissionerEdit

Tipping was elected as Nottinghamshire's Police and Crime Commissioner in the 2012 inaugural PCC election. He announced plans to pay a "pension" to cover medical bills etc. for retired police dogs, a move which dog handlers welcomed.[5]

Tipping was re-elected for a second-term on 6 May 2016.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

He is Vice-President of the Ramblers Association. He married Irene Margaret Quinn on 8 January 1970 in Nottingham. They have two daughters. He suffered a heart attack in June 2009.


  1. ^ TheyWorkForYou
  2. ^ Government Exchange, Centre for Parliamentary Studies
  3. ^ Ministerial Departures since 1997, House of Commons Library
  4. ^ Mulholland, Hélène (23 October 2009). "Labour backbencher Paddy Tipping stands down". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 20 May 2010.
  5. ^ Claire Carter (4 November 2013). "Police dogs will be given pensions to cover medical costs and expenses under new plans to treat dogs like police officers". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
  6. ^ Nottingham City Council. "Paddy Tipping (Labour) has been re-elected as Police & Crime Commissioner for Nottinghamshire". Twitter. Retrieved 6 May 2016.

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