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Tom Levitt MP

Member of Parliament
for High Peak
Incumbent
Assumed office 
1 May 1997
Preceded by Charles Hendry
Majority 735 (1.5%)

Born 10 April 1954 (1954-04-10) (age 55)
Crewe, England, UK
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Teresa Levitt
Alma mater Lancaster University
Profession Teacher
Website http://www.tomlevitt.org.uk/

Tom Levitt (born 10 April 1954) is a British Labour politician, who has been the Member of Parliament for High Peak since 1997.

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Early life

Although born in Crewe in 1954, Levitt grew up in Leek, Staffordshire. He was one of the first intake of boys when a girls' grammar school became comprehensive Westwood High[1]. He is a Biology graduate from Lancaster University and has a teaching qualification from Oxford University.

Profession

Levitt taught in comprehensive schools and also in further education. He is the author of a textbook on intertidal ecology.

As a consultant on disabled access to services and information (1993–97), Levitt wrote three books: Sound Policies, Sound Practice and Clear Access. These deal with the way local authorities provide services for people with hearing and visual impairments. Levitt also worked as a successful Deaf Awareness trainer.

Political career

Levitt was first elected to the House of Commons at the 1997 general election after 14 years service at all levels of local government, including Derbyshire County Council. He was for a year a vice chair of Education. He was also a member of the management committee of High Peak Citizens Advice Bureau. As one of the few MPs with a qualification in British Sign Language, Levitt was an elected Trustee of the Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID) from 1998 to 2003. He has chaired the Community Development Foundation since 2004.

From 1997 to 2003 Levitt was on the Standards & Privileges Committee, responsible for monitoring standards of MPs’ professional conduct. In 2004 he sat on the Scrutiny Committee for the Draft Disability Bill.

Following his election he has held various junior positions. He was Parliamentary Private Secretary to Barbara Roche MP (1999–2003), first in the Home Office and then in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. Following this he was the Parliamentary Private Secretary to Hilary Benn, the Secretary of State for International Development, from 2003–2007. He has been a member of the Work and Pensions Committee since 2007 and assistant to the Regional Minister for the East Midlands.

Levitt is known to be in favour of the Longdendale Bypass, which would run through the north of his constituency.

In November 2009 Levitt told the Labour Party that he would not be a candidate at the 2010 general election.

Personal life

Levitt has lived in Buxton since 1991. He is married to Teresa Levitt and the couple have 3 grown-up children. He is a keen cricket fan, enjoys skiing and swims regularly. He also enjoys going to the theatre and walking.

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References

  1. ^ Guardian.co.uk http://politics.guardian.co.uk/person/parliament/0,,-3099,00.html
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Charles Hendry
Member of Parliament for High Peak
1997–present
Incumbent
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