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Philip Hunt

Philip Hunt

Philip Hunt is the Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Lords and Labour spokesperson for Health.  He was appointed a Peer in 1997.


Philip has a lot of experience as a Government Whip, Government Minister and Under-Secretary for State for several departments in the Labour Government.  In 1993, Phillip was awarded an OBE.


He became a Government Whip in 1998 and served as a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Department of Health from 1999 until he resigned in 2003 over the invasion of Iraq. During this time he became Chair of the National Patient Safety Agency.  In 2005, he returned to Government 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 DECC and DEFRA (2008).  In 2008 he became the Deputy Leader of the House of Lords. He left DEFRA in 2009 to become Minister of Energy and was introduced into the Privy Council in the same year.


Before his political career, 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.  Between 1990 and 1996 Philip became Director at the National Association of Health Authorities and Trusts and co-chair of the Association for Public Health (1994-1998).  He became chief executive of the NHS confederation between 1996 and 1997.


Philip is patron of Birmingham Law Centre and is Chair of the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust.   In his spare time he likes relaxing by swimming, cycling and music - before creating and then releasing more pent up tension by watching Birmingham City FC.  During the summer months he can be found turning out in support of the Warwickshire CCC.


For more information, read Philip's Parliamentary biography - available here.