Peter Kyle was first elected as MP for Hove and Portslade in 2015, and has twice been re-elected.
Before being appointed Shadow Secretary for Northern Ireland he was Chair of the influential Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee, where he has served on the high-profile Carillion and Thomas Cook inquiries. Peter also chaired the All Party Parliamentary Groups on Southern Rail, and on Further Education and Lifelong Learning.
Since his election Peter has led campaigns in Parliament to protect victims of domestic abuse and reform family courts, to lower the voting age to 16, and proposed the amendment for a confirmatory public vote on Brexit. Locally he has supported affordable housing, campaigned against school cuts, worked with the council to create 1,000 local apprenticeships, and spearheaded the response to the Southern Rail crisis.
Peter overcame difficulties with severe dyslexia to return to school aged 25 and achieve a PhD in community economic development from Sussex University. In his earlier career he worked as an aid worker in Eastern Europe and the Balkans, helping children and young people whose lives had been radically affected by war. The orphanage he set up in Romania still exists today. He then moved on to work as a policy maker in the Cabinet Office, focusing on social exclusion.
Prior to his election Peter was deputy chief exective of ACEVO, the umbrella body for the voluntary sector, and he was head of youth employment charity Working for Youth.
He has lived in Hove for over 20 years.