Philip Hunt is Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Lords and Labour spokesperson for Health. He was appointed a Peer in 1997.
Having become a Government Whip in 1998, Phillip served as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Department of Health from 1999 until 2003. Between 2003 and 2005, having left government briefly, Philip became Chair of the National Patient Safety Agency. He returned to Government in 2005 as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions, a Minister of State at the Department of Health (2007), Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice (2008), and Minister of State for DeFRA (2008). In 2008 he became the Deputy Leader of the Lords, and in 2009 also became Minister of Energy. He was introduced into the Privy Council in the same year. In 1993, Phillip was awarded an OBE.
Philip’s background was in the health sector. He worked on the Oxford Regional Hospital Board (1972-1974) before moving to Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre (1975). That year he became secretary of the Edgware/Hendon Community Health Council where he stayed for three years. In 1978 he joined the National Association of Health Authorities and was Director from 1984, and became co-chair of the Association for Public Health (1994-1998). He became Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation between 1996 and 1997.
In his spare time, Philip enjoys cycling and throughout the sporting calendar, can be found watching Birmingham City FC and Warwickshire County Cricket Club.
For more information, read Philip's Parliamentary biography - available here.