Hugh Bayley

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Hugh Bayley

Hugh Bayley (9 January 1952) was a Labour MP for the city of York from 1992 to 2015. He stepped down at the 2015 general election stating he wanted to 'pass the baton' to somebody else.[1] He was replaced by Rachael Maskell.[2]

Early history

Bayley was born in Maidenhead, Berkshire and was educated at Haileybury, the University of Bristol, where he obtained a politics degree; and the University of York where he was awarded a degree Southern African Studies. After his studies in 1975 he became a District Officer and later a National Officer with National Association of Local Government Officers (NALGO). He was active in the Anti-Apartheid Movement in his student days and is a lover of jazz. He is married to Fenella Jeffers and they have a son and a daughter.

He was elected as a councillor in the London Borough of Camden in 1980. He became the General Secretary of the International Broadcasting Trust in 1982. Bayley stepped down as a councillor and moved to York to take up a post as senior policy lecturer at the University of York in 1986.

Political Career

Hugh Bayley was nominated as the Labour candidate for York at the 1987 General Election but was defeated by just 147 votes by Conservative Conal Gregory. After the election, Hugh Bayley became a Health Economics Research Fellow at the University of York, and became a member of the local health authority. In the 1992 General Election in York, Hugh Bayley proved victorious, and on 7 May 1992 and joined the Health Select Committee. The name of the York constituency and its boundaries were changed slightly and Bayley was reelected with a majority of 20,000 at the 1997 General Election. A loyal New Labour backbencher, he resigned from the RMT union in 2002 after it said it would only fund MPs who would agree with its policies.

After the election, Bayley became the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Health Frank Dobson, and was promoted to Tony Blair's government in 1998 as the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Social Security. He was dropped from government after the 2001 General Election. He has since served on the International Development Select Committee. As of 2006, he is a member of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, chairing its Economic Sub-Committee on Transatlantic Relations and a member of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly. He is also a chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party’s committee on international development and vice chair of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK Branch.


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  • Address: House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
  • Telephone: 020 7219 6824
  • Fax: 020 7219 0346
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  • Address: 59 Holgate Road, York, YO24 4AA
  • Telephone: 01904 623713
  • Fax: 01904 623260
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  1. BBC News Hugh Bayley to stand down as Labour MP, 5 December 2014, accessed 11 May 2015.
  2. BBC News York Central, accessed 11 May 2015.
  3. 'Water and Safety and Drowning Prevention Register',, accessed 11 November 2015