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Peter Pike (British politician)

Peter Leslie Pike (born 26 June 1937) is a former Labour Party politician in the United Kingdom. He served as the Member of Parliament for Burnley, from 1983 to 2005.[2] During 2002, he announced his intention to retire as an MP at the next general election. In December 2002, Labour announced they were preparing to choose a woman as his successor.[3]

Peter Pike

Member of Parliament
for Burnley
In office
10 June 1983 – 11 April 2005
Preceded byDan Jones
Succeeded byKitty Ussher
Personal details
Born (1937-06-26) 26 June 1937 (age 82)[1]
Ware, Hertfordshire, England
Political partyLabour
ResidenceBurnley, Lancashire

In January 2003, an all women shortlist was made over his successor.[4] His youngest daughter, Jane, was an firm favourite to succeed him, but she did not make the shortlist.[5] In February 2004, Kitty Ussher was chosen as his successor.[6] In December 2013, his role in the Anti-Apartheid Movement was praised in Parliament during tributes to former anti apartheid activist and President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela.

He made three visits to South Africa from 1986 to 1990.[7]

In June 2015, he was re elected as Chair of Burnley Constituency Labour Party. He stepped down from this role in January 2016, citing the party needs a younger and much more active chair. He gave up party office after almost sixty years of holding several positions, including Member of Parliament of Burnley. He first came to the town in 1963.[8][9]


  1. ^ Who's Who
  2. ^ "MPs' expenses scandal - ex-Burnley MP Peter Pike in the clear". Longridge Today. 28 October 2009. Retrieved 15 August 2010.
  3. ^ "Woman MP for Burnley?". 23 December 2002. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  4. ^ "Labour reveals short-list of three". 23 January 2004. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  5. ^ "Daughter linked to fill dad's shoes". 15 January 2013. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  6. ^ "Kitty chosen as Pike's successor". 13 February 2004. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  7. ^ "Ex-MP pays tribute to Nelson Mandela". 6 December 2013. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  8. ^ "Peter Pike remains chair of Burnley Labour Party". 23 June 2015. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  9. ^ "Ex-MP to quit as Burnley Labour Party boss". 12 January 2016. Retrieved 7 March 2017.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Dan Jones
Member of Parliament for Burnley
Succeeded by
Kitty Ussher