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Kelvin Hopkins

Labour MP (1997-2019) and Patron of Humanists UK

KelvinHopkins200Kelvin Hopkins was first elected for Luton North in 1997 and re-elected in the subsequent three General Elections.  In 2010 he retained his seat unusually with a swing to Labour, and is now one of just two Labour MPs in the Eastern Region.

Married with two grown-up children, (one a Humanists UK member).  Kelvin grew up in High Barnet and later attended Nottingham University, achieving a BA(Hons) in Politics, Economics and Mathematics with Statistics.

Kelvin worked at the Trades Union Congress (TUC) in the Economic Department for a total of five years and is a former lecturer in further education.  For 18 years he was a Policy & Research Officer with NALGO/UNISON and earlier in life also spent a total of five years in industry.

A member of the Labour Party since his schooldays, Kelvin was a Labour Parliamentary Candidate for North Luton in 1983 and was a Luton Borough Councillor in the 1970s.

A former Chair of Governors of Luton College of Education (now the University of Bedfordshire), Kelvin was made an Honorary Fellow of the University of Luton (now Bedfordshire) in 1993 and is currently Vice-Chair of Governors of Luton Sixth Form College.

Kelvin is a long-standing and active member of the GMB Union (and former Branch Chair) and also a member of the Socialist Education Association, Fabian Society and the Co-operative Party.  His political interests include economic policy, education, transport and the arts.

In Parliament, Kelvin is a member of the Public Administration Select Committee and the European Scrutiny Select Committee.  He also spent one year as a member of the Transport Select Committee.

Kelvin is Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Further Education and Lifelong Learning, Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Social Science & Policy as well as being an officer of several other Parliamentary Groups and a member of many more.  On the left of the Labour Party, he is a member of the Socialist Campaign Group, whose President is Tony Benn.

In 1997 he was the only new Member of Parliament to join the Parliamentary Humanist Group after which he was a Vice Chair and an active member.  Kelvin was a guest speaker at Humanists UK’s non-prayer breakfasts at the Labour Party Conference.

Outside politics, his recreational pursuits include classical music, jazz, collecting Victorian glassware and wine.

A brief biography can be found on Wikipedia at and for more details on his parliamentary career visit

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