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Keith Hampson (born 14 August 1943), is a former Conservative party politician in the United Kingdom.

Hampson was a university lecturer, and personal assistant to Edward Heath in the 1966 general election.

He was elected MP for Ripon in February 1974, a seat that the Liberals had gained in a by-election the previous year. The constituency was abolished for the 1983 general election, and Hampson was then elected for Leeds North West. At the 1997 general election he was defeated by Labour candidate Harold Best in 1997.

Keith Hampson was arrested by a plain-clothes policeman at the Gay Theatre Club (a male striptease show) in Berwick Street, Soho on 3 May 1984. Mr Hampson, a married man, claimed to have gone into the club out of “devilment”. When in there, he had been attracted to a female plain-clothes police officer, who he thought might have been a drag queen, but in the process accidentally touched a male plain-clothes policeman. Hampson was charged with indecent assault but after much media attention the charge was eventually dropped in October 1984. This incident provoked an outcry by many against the practice of police entrapment. An editorial in “The Times” claimed that the public might wish “to see even homosexuals fairly treated”. Prior to his arrest he was the Private Secretary to Michael Heseltine, the Secretary of State for Defense.


  • Times Guide to the House of Commons, February 1974 and 1997 editions.

See also

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
David Austick
Member of Parliament for Ripon
Feb 19741983
Constituency abolished
Preceded by
Sir Donald Kaberry
Member of Parliament for Leeds North West
Succeeded by
Harold Best

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