Kelvin Hopkins was born in 1947, the son of a physicist. Following a Grammar School education in North London, Kelvins graduated with a BA (hons) Politics, Economics and Mathematics with Statistics from the the University of Nottingham.
In his early years Kelvin was a "semi-professional" jazz musician playing tenor saxophone and clarinet and with the exception of two years working as a lecturer at the St Albans FE College (now Oaklands College), Hopkins has worked entirely within the trade union movement as an economist at the TUC and later a policy and research officer for NALGO then UNISON.
Hopkins was a councillor on Luton Borough Council for four years from 1972. He unsuccessfully contested Luton North at the 1983 General Election finishing in second place some 11,981 votes behind the sitting Conservative MP John Carlisle.
He was elected to the House of Commons at the 1997 General Election for Luton North with a majority of 9,626 (taking it from the Conservatives, with over half of the total votes) and has remained the MP there since. He made his maiden speech on 28 November 1997.
In parliament Hopkins has been a member of the broadcasting select committee, the Transport Select Committee and has served on the Public Administration Select Committee since 2002 as well as advising the former Minister of Sport Richard Caborn on yachting.
Kelvin is a member of many all-party groups and is the chairman of the group on further education and lifelong learning; he serves as the vice-chairman on the groups on jazz appreciation; historic vehicles; Norway; constitution and citizenship; transport infrastructure and trans-European networks; he also serves as the treasurer to the group on building societies and financial mutuals.
Kelvin Hopkins is on the left wing of the party, being a member of the Socialist Campaign Group and is a British Eurosceptic. A staunch supporter of homoeopathy, having signed an early day motion in support of its continued funding on the National Health Service, Hopkins is known for his rebellious stance amongst Labour MPs and has been described as a "rebellion prone left-wing economist" by Andrew Roth of The Guardian.
Kelvin emerged well from the 2009 MPs expenses scandal, being deemed a Daily Telegraph "saint" for minimal second home claims.
Hopkins has signed the People's Pledge a newly created cross party campaign for an EU referendum and is a member of its Advisory Council. He was one of 16 signatories of an open letter to Ed Miliband in January 2015 calling on the party to commit to oppose further austerity, take rail franchises back into public ownership and strengthen collective bargaining arrangements.
Kelvin Hopkins was one of 36 Labour MPs to nominate Jeremy Corbyn as a candidate in the Labour leadership election.
Kelvin has been married to Pat since 1965 and together they have a son and a daughter.
A French speaker, Kelvin is a keen photographer and saxophonist and enjoys sailing on the Norfolk Broads. He is an Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society and is a Distinguished Supporter of the British Humanist Association, as well as a vice-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Humanist Group. He is a governor of Luton Sixth Form College.
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