Peter Kyle was first elected as MP for Hove and Portslade in 2015, and has twice been re-elected. Before being appointed Shadow Secretary for Science, Innovation & Technology Peter was Shadow Minister for Northern Ireland and Chair of the influential Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee, where he has served on the high-profile Carillion and Thomas Cook inquiries. Peter also chaired the All Party Parliamentary Groups on Southern Rail, and on Further Education and Lifelong Learning.
Since his election Peter has led campaigns in Parliament to protect victims of domestic abuse and reform family courts, to lower the voting age to 16, and proposed the amendment for a public vote on Brexit. Locally he has supported affordable housing, worked with the council to create 1,000 local apprenticeships, supported funding for schools and spearheaded the response to the Southern Rail crisis.
Peter overcame difficulties with severe dyslexia to return to school aged 25 and achieve a PhD in community economic development from Sussex University. In his earlier career he worked as an aid worker in Eastern Europe and the Balkans.