David Kidney

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David Kidney was the Labour member of parliament for Stafford from 1997 to 2010.

After losing his seat in the Conservative swing in 2010, he was appointed head of policy at the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, he is now chief executive of the UK Public Health Register.


Kidney stood for election in 1992 general election as the Labour representative for Stafford, obtaining 32.3 percent of the vote but losing to Sir William Cash of the Conservative Party. He stood again in the 1997 election, winning with 47.5 percent of the vote and beating David Cameron, in 2001 he won with 48 percent of the vote, in 2005 he won 43.7 percent, before losing in the 2010 election to Jeremy Lefroy, with 33 percent of the vote.[1] Kidney's roles in parliament included parliamentary private secretary to Elliot Morley, Ed Miliband and Rosie Winterton and parliamentary under-secretary to the Department of Energy and Climate Change.[2]

Kidney voiced criticism of the government's policies on agriculture and fuel taxation, spearheaded a campaign against the system of funding local education and resigned from his role with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs over the military action against Iraq in 2003.[3]

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  • Head of Policy, [[Chartered Institute of Environmental Health], July 2010. Approved by ACOBA who saw "no reason why he should not take up this appointment subject to the condition that, for 12 months from his last day in office, he should not become personally involved in lobbying UK Government Ministers or Crown servants, including Special Advisers, on behalf of the firm or its clients".[4]

In November 2012, Kidney was seconded to the Better Regulation Delivery Office to work full-time on a project concerning regulators' competence, professional bodies’ support for the competence approach and the peer support of practitioners in regulatory services, principally through the existing network of Topic Groups.[5]

He is now the chief executive of the UK Public Health Register.[5]



  1. Stafford Guardian, accessed 4 December 2014
  2. David Kidney They Work for You, accessed 4 December 2014
  3. David Kidney BBC News, accessed 4 December 2014
  4. Twelfth Report 2010-2011 Advisory Committee on Business Appointments, accessed 4 December 2014
  5. 5.0 5.1 David Kidney UK Public Health Register, accessed 4 December 2014