11 Facts About Baron Whitty


John Lawrence Whitty, Baron Whitty, was born on 15 June 1943, and known as Larry Whitty, is a British Labour Party politician.

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Baron Whitty worked for Hawker Siddeley Aviation from 1960 to 1962 and at the Ministry of Aviation Technology from 1965 to 1970.

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Baron Whitty was employed by the Trades Union Congress from 1970 to 1973 and the General Municipal Boilermakers and Allied Trade Union from 1973 to 1985.

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In 1985, Baron Whitty became the General Secretary of the Labour Party, a post he held until 1994.

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Baron Whitty was part of the reforming leadership of Neil Kinnock and in the role progressed a wide-ranging agenda including the modification of internal rules, a shift towards a national membership scheme, the expulsion of entryist Militant group members and, following the 1987 election defeat, the internal Policy Review.

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Baron Whitty was the European Co-ordinator for the Labour Party from 1994 to 1997.

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From July 1998, Baron Whitty was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions with responsibility for roads and road safety issues.

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From 1997 Lord Baron Whitty was a Lord-in-Waiting covering education and foreign affairs.

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Baron Whitty became Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at DEFRA with responsibility for Farming, Food and Sustainable Energy in June 2001, serving in this position until the general election of May 2005.

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Baron Whitty was appointed as the first Chairman of Consumer Focus in July 2007.

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Baron Whitty is the brother of Geoff Whitty, a former Director of the Institute of Education, London University.

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