Fabian Hamilton's CV
- Fabian has represented Leeds North East since 1997. He was born in London in 1955, and was educated at Brentwood School in Essex before attending the University of York in 1974 to study a BA in Politics, Sociology and Economics. His Maternal Grandfather was a Rabbi, who then became a Barrister, and his father was a Solicitor. After a successful career at the Bar, Fabian's mother became a Circuit Court Judge in 1990, one of very few women appointed at that time.
- He met fellow student and English undergraduate, Rosemary, whilst at York and they married in April 1980. The couple celebrated their thirty-second anniversary this year and have three children, a son aged 19 and two daughters aged 25 and 28.
- Fabian and Rosy moved to Leeds in 1979, where Fabian set up his graphic design business and joined the Labour Party. In 1987 - after two unsuccessful attempts - Fabian was elected as a Member of Leeds City Council for Wortley Ward in West Leeds.
- Fabian chaired the Race Equality Committee of Leeds City Council from 1988 to 1994, the Employment and Economic Development Committee from 1994 to 1996 and the Education Committee from 1996 to 1997. In 1992 Fabian unsuccessfully contested Leeds North East and was re-selected as Labour candidate for the seat in 1996.
- Since his election to Parliament, Fabian has spoken on many different subjects in the House of Commons, including Alternative Fuels, Immigration and Asylum, the Middle East, Homeworking and the Equitable Life scandal - to name but a few. From 2001 to 2010 he was a member of the influential Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee gaining expertise in a number different areas of foreign policy, including Israel and the Middle East, Iran, Cyprus and Tibet.
- Following the 2010 General Election, Fabian joined the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee under the leadership of Labour MP, Graham Allen in the Chair.
- In January 2012, Fabian was asked to join the Shadow Treasury Team as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Rachel Reeves, the Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury. In his new role he attends the weekly meetings of the Team and works closely with Ed Balls and the rest of the Shadow Team.
- In the current Parliament Fabian chairs a number of All Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs). These are currently the groups for:
- Hospice and Palliative Care
- Justice for Equitable Pensioners
- British Sikhs
- Prison Health
These goups comprise MPs from all parties with a common interest and they set their own agendas. Views expressed in the groups complement the scrutiny of government policy and effectiveness that comes from the work of the official Parliamentary Commitees.
- As the MP for North East Leeds, Fabian has been involved in many local, national and international campaigns, including opposition to telecom masts; encouraging local development; helping families obtain visas for their relatives; and supporting refugees trying to escape persecution. He has supported Jubilee 2000, Drop the Debt and the TIDAL Trade Justice campaign as well as Make Poverty History along with supporting the 'Fair 10' pledges at the last election. Locally, Fabian has now helped over 18,000 constituents with their problems; fought against crime by working with the local police; and fought successfully for new school buildings for all local high schools. He has also been very supportive of local recycling schemes and become involved in alternative fuel technologies.
- Fabian chaired the Anglo-French Parliamentary Group from 2008 to 2010, and currently chairs the All-Party Groups on Prison Health (which he founded); Hospices & Palliative Care; and the Education Group. He is a member of the Executive of Labour Friends of Israel and the Council of the Tibet Society UK. He is a Governor of the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Chapeltown and a Trustee of the Leeds-based Heart Research UK charity. In his limited spare time, Fabian loves cycling, photography and music as well as his treasured old MG sports car.