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Simon Kirby

Simon Gerard Kirby (born 22 December 1964), also known as Simon Radford-Kirby, is a British politician. A member of the Conservative Party, he was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Brighton Kemptown in 2010. In 2016, he was appointed Economic Secretary to the Treasury and City Minister. He lost his seat in the 2017 general election.

Simon Kirby
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Kirby in 2016
Economic Secretary to the Treasury
In office
17 July 2016 – 8 June 2017
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Preceded byHarriett Baldwin
Succeeded byStephen Barclay
Member of Parliament
for Brighton Kemptown
In office
6 May 2010 – 3 May 2017
Preceded byDes Turner
Succeeded byLloyd Russell-Moyle
Personal details
Born (1964-12-22) 22 December 1964 (age 55)
Hastings, Sussex, England
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Kirby
Alma materOpen University
London School of Economics

Early life and careerEdit

Kirby was born in Hastings, Sussex in 1964.[1] He attended Chantry Infants School, Sandown Primary School and Hastings Grammar School. He has a BSc(Hons) degree in mathematical modelling from the Open University and studied operational research at the London School of Economics. During the 1980s he was involved with the anarchist scene in Hastings and was present at an alternative party organised by anarchists on the West Hill for the wedding Mr Andrew Windsor.

Kirby established a number of successful businesses in a variety of industries in the Brighton area, including playing a part in establishing Surf 107, a Brighton independent radio station, later renamed Juice 107.2. He worked with Martin Webb to found the Webb Kirby (later C-Side) pub, restaurant and nightclub chain in the city employing over 200 people. He has been a school governor at a number of schools.

Elected as a councillor in 1992 on Brighton Borough Council, Kirby later also served on Mid Sussex District Council and East Sussex County Council, where he was the cabinet member with responsibility for economic development. He stood down as a councillor in 2009 to concentrate on winning the parliamentary seat of Brighton Kemptown.

Parliamentary careerEdit

He was elected to the House of Commons as MP for Brighton, Kemptown in the May 2010 general election, with a majority of 1,328, gaining the seat from Labour. He was later listed as one of 20 Conservative MPs said to have "true grit" by the ConservativeHome website.[2]

Following his election to parliament, Kirby became vice-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on HIV/AIDS and served on the Business, Innovation and Skills and Administration Select Committees. Since becoming a member of parliament he has also become a patron of the Sussex Beacon and the Sussex & Kent ME/CFS Society.

In 2012, Kirby was appointed as the Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Minister for Sport and Tourism Hugh Robertson.[3] In October 2013, he was promoted to PPS to the Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, also Robertson.[4] In August 2014 Kirby was promoted to the role of PPS to the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt.[5]

Following Kirby's re-election at the May 2015 general election, with a reduced majority of 690 votes, but increasing his share of the vote by 2.7%, he was appointed as an Assistant Government Whip on 13 May 2015.[6] Kirby was opposed to Brexit prior to the 2016 European membership referendum.[7]

In July 2016, Kirby was appointed as Economic Secretary to the Treasury and City Minister.[8] He was responsible for financial services policy and the overall strategic relationship with UK financial services. This included working with banks, insurance companies and the financial services sector. He also has an interest in pensions and savings. In January 2017, he was stripped of his responsibilities for overseeing Brexit's impact on financial services, amid reports that senior financial executives from the City of London Corporation had expressed concern at his lack of business experience and inability to provide detailed answers and assurances about how the Treasury was handling Brexit. Theresa May, however, told The Argus, that she had "absolute confidence" in Simon Kirby as a strong advocate for Brexit. The prime minister said Kirby was still playing a Treasury role in the negotiations.[9][10][11]

Personal lifeEdit

Simon is married to Elizabeth and has six children. He supports Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club and is an honorary vice-president of Whitehawk Football Club in his former constituency.[12]


  1. ^ "Who's Who".
  2. ^ "Simon Kirby MP: I'm proud to say I've never voted against the Government or abstained | Conservative Home". Conservative Home. Archived from the original on 17 August 2017. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Brighton MP becomes ministerial aide – The Latest". 12 September 2012. Archived from the original on 15 October 2017. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
  4. ^ "SIMON KIRBY MP PROMOTED TO FOREIGN OFFICE ROLE". Simon Kirby MP. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
  5. ^ "Brighton MP becomes parliamentary aide to Health Secretary". Brighton and Hove News. 22 July 2014. Archived from the original on 17 August 2016. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
  6. ^ "Simon Kirby MP – GOV.UK". Archived from the original on 10 November 2016. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
  7. ^ Goodenough, Tom (16 February 2016). "Which Tory MPs back Brexit, who doesn't and who is still on the fence?". The Spectator. Archived from the original on 3 February 2017. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  8. ^ Simon Kirby MP, HM Government, archived from the original on 10 November 2016, retrieved 4 August 2016
  9. ^ Vowles, Neil (5 May 2017). "Prime Minister: Brexit will be good for Brighton and Hove". The Argus. Archived from the original on 5 May 2017. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  10. ^ "Simon Kirby loses oversight role for impact of Brexit". The Argus. 3 February 2017. Archived from the original on 2 March 2017. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
  11. ^ "Humiliation for City minister as he is stripped of Brexit role". The London Evening Standard. 3 March 2017. Archived from the original on 7 March 2017. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  12. ^ "About Simon". Simon Kirby MP. Archived from the original on 3 July 2016. Retrieved 2 July 2016.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Des Turner
Member of Parliament for Brighton Kemptown
Succeeded by
Lloyd Russell-Moyle