Bill McKenzie is Shadow Communities and Local Government Minister in the House Lords. He was made a life Peer in 2004.
, and Work and Pensions in the House of Lords.
Bill brings a wealth of experience to his work in the Lords, having been a Minister for the last Labour government, as a spokesperson for the Treasury and the Department of Trade and Industry (2005-2007), Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions and a Minister at DCLG (2009-2010).Before becoming a Peer, Bill was an advisor to Labour’s Shadow Treasury team.
Before entering Parliament, Bill had an established political career in local government. He had two spells as a councillor on Luton Borough Council from 1976-1992 and 1999-2005, including time as finance spokesman and four years as Leader, from 1999-2003. He began his career as an accountant at Martin Rata and Partners in 1967, moving to Price Waterhouse in 1973 where he became a Partner (1980-1986). After some years as a consultant, he rejoined Price Waterhouse in Hong Kong (1992-1996) and Vietnam where he ran the practice (1996-1998).
Bill joined the GMB trade union in the 1970s and remains a member. He was also Vice Chair of the 'I Love Luton Campaign' and a former Chair of London Luton Airport. Away from the Lords, Bill enjoys attending concerts.
For more information, ready Bill's Parliamentary biography – available here.