Peter Kyle

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Peter Kyle
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Member of Parliament
for Hove
In office
7 May 2015 – 6 November 2019
Preceded byMike Weatherley
Succeeded byElection in progress
Majority18,757 (32.6%)
Personal details
Born (1970-09-09) 9 September 1970 (age 49)
West Sussex, United Kingdom
Political partyLabour
Alma materUniversity of Sussex

Peter Kyle (born 9 September 1970) is a British Labour Party politician and former charity sector executive. He has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Hove since the May 2015 general election.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Kyle grew up in West Sussex and moved to Brighton and Hove in 1996. He later gained a doctorate in community development from the University of Sussex. In 2006, he became a Cabinet Office special advisor focusing on social exclusion policy.

He worked as an aid worker in Eastern Europe and the Balkans helping young people whose lives had been affected by the political instability created by war.[2]

From 2007 to 2013, he was deputy chief executive of ACEVO. In 2013, he became chief executive of Working for Youth, a newly formed charity focusing on helping unemployed youth.[3]

Parliamentary career[edit]

In the 2015 election, Kyle was elected with a majority of 1,236, increasing that to 18,757 in the 2017 election.

Positions and votes[edit]

He sits on the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee where he questioned Mike Ashley, boss of Sports Direct, over poor working practices in his warehouses. Ashley accused Kyle of making "defamatory comments" against him and called for the MP to stand down from the committee.[4]

He is the co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Southern Rail and a member of Labour Friends of Israel.[5]

Kyle campaigned for remain during the EU membership referendum, 2016. In June 2018, he said "Brexit is a big deal but it's not a done deal".[6] In March 2019,[7] alongside fellow Labour MP Phil Wilson, Kyle put forward an amendment to Theresa May's Brexit Withdrawal Agreement. Dubbed the "Kyle-Wilson" amendment, it aimed to pass the Withdrawal Agreement Bill on the condition that the deal on offer would go back to the British people through a confirmatory vote.[8] Whilst failing to pass twice in the House of Commons, it came closest to a majority; only 12 votes short on its second attempt.[9] Both Kyle and Wilson signalled that they would bring back the amendment if Boris Johnson was to return with a Brexit deal in October 2019.[10]

Other views[edit]

Kyle backed Liz Kendall in the 2015 Labour leadership election.[11] He supported Owen Smith in the failed attempt to replace Jeremy Corbyn in the 2016 Labour Party leadership election.[12]

Kyle has championed apprenticeships,[13] pledging to create 1,000 apprenticeships in 1,000 days in co-operation with the council and via the creation of a Greater Brighton Employer Skills Task Force.[14]

Peter Kyle has called for the voting age to be lowered to 16 and put forward his own bill on the subject in 2017.[15]

Personal life[edit]

He was chair of governors of Brighton Aldridge Community Academy.[16][17]

Kyle has dyslexia[18] and is gay.[19][20]


  1. ^ "Hove parliamentary constituency – Election 2015 – BBC News". BBC News. Retrieved 19 November 2015.
  2. ^ "Brighton and Hove News » Hove MP shares his experience of working in aid camps in Commons debate". 18 September 2015. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  3. ^ Ainsworth, David (5 August 2013). "Peter Kyle to leave Acevo later this year". Third Sector. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
  4. ^ Armstrong, Ashley (23 May 2016). "Mike Ashley: MP must resign from Sports Direct inquiry". The Telegraph. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  5. ^ "LFI Supporters in Parliament". Labour Friends of Israel. 16 July 2019.
  6. ^ "Peter Kyle: Brexit is a big deal – but it is not a done deal". LabourList. 25 June 2018.
  7. ^ "What is the Kyle-Wilson amendment that could deliver a fresh Brexit referendum?". The Independent. 2 March 2019.
  8. ^ Kyle, Wilson, Peter, Phil (17 March 2019). "Only our Compromise can Break the Brexit Impasse". The Guardian.
  9. ^ "Peter Kyle's motion E (Confirmatory public vote)". Commons Votes.
  10. ^ Fraser, Tali (21 September 2019). "Labour MPs vow to revive Commons push for a second referendum in bid to end Brexit 'crisis'". Politics Home.
  11. ^ "Jeremy Corbyn would be an "electoral disaster" for the Labour party says Hove MP". The Argus. 13 August 2015. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  12. ^ "Full list of MPs and MEPs backing challenger Owen Smith". LabourList. 21 July 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  13. ^ "Peter Kyle: Championing apprenticeships in Hove and Portslade - Brighton & Hove Independent". Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  14. ^ "1,000 Apprenticeships | Brighton & Hove City Council". Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  15. ^ Kyle, Peter. "Representation of the People (Young People's Enfranchisement) Bill 2017-19". Parliament UK.
  16. ^ website, Brighton Aldridge Community Academy. "Brighton Aldridge Community Academy - Section 13 - Governors' Information and Duties". Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  17. ^ le Duc, Frank (12 July 2017). "MP steps down as chair of governors at Brighton school". Brighton and Hove News. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  18. ^ "MP with dyslexia hits back at 'spelling police'". 28 October 2019 – via
  19. ^ Ben Riley-Smith (14 May 2015). "Commons has more gay MPs than any other parliament in the world". Daily Telegraph.
  20. ^ Leftly, Mark (20 February 2016). "Gay MPs: The photograph that shows Westminster's attitude towards LGBT politicians is changing". The Independent. Retrieved 28 October 2019.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Mike Weatherley
Member of Parliament
for Hove

Succeeded by
Election in progress