John Hayes MP is Minister of State for Skills and Lifelong Learning, Business Innovation and Skills.

John was born in 1958 and married Susan Hopwell, who he has two sons with, in July 1997. He was educated at Colfe’s Grammar School and University of Nottingham, where he graduated with a BA Hons Politics and a PGCE in History/English.  John was elected as Member of Parliament for South Holland and The Deepings in 1997, following 12 years as a Conservative Councillor in Nottinghamshire.  Following his election he was appointed Secretary of the Agriculture Select Committee and Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Backbench Education Committee before becoming a Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party until July 2000. Since then John has been appointed an Opposition Pairing Whip, Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Shadow Minister for Local & Devolved Government, with particular responsibility for Housing and Planning and Shadow Minister for Transport.  Since December 2007, he served as the Shadow Minister for Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education, and has developed a reputation for assiduously progressing the skills and widening participation agenda.

His first speech as Minister focused on the importance of lifelong and adult learning to correspond with Adult Learning week. He said that it was important to take learning to all adults – not just the 43 per cent of them that NIACE’s latest survey shows currently participate .This implies a profound redistribution of power in our society, driving society forward from the bottom up, not instruction or compulsion from the top down. Again, here is a common theme-services must be demand driven from the bottom up,  with the end to statism and  Whitehall knows best.  And, especially in Adult Learners’ Week, he said it’s right to state clearly that not all learning needs to lead to qualifications, although, if not,  it presumably becomes more difficult to measure success.

John is also the chairman of the All Party Group on Disability, and secretary of the all party group on brain injury. In his spare time he enjoys travel, reading, history, tennis, jam-making and boxing.


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