Tuesday, 18th January the Whitehall Group will welcome Clive Betts MP, Labour Party Politician and former economist. During breakfast Clive will be discussing “The future of UK urban planning, regional development and Labour’s view on addressing the wider housing shortage”.
Clive Betts MP is a British Labour Party politician and former economist, who was the Member of Parliament for Sheffield Attercliffe from 1992 to 2010 and is the current MP for the successor seat of Sheffield South East. Betts attended Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he received a BA in Economics and Politics.
Clive began his political career in 1973 and in 1976 was elected as a member of Sheffield City Council. He became Leader of the Council in 1987, having served on the Housing and Finance committees for several years. He remained on the Council until his election as Labour Member of Parliament for Sheffield Attercliffe in 1992.
He was appointed a Government Whip in 1997 and held the post until 2001. In June 2010 he was elected as Chair of the Department for Communities and Local Government Select Committee.
Since becoming a Member of Parliament, Clive has been a key member on several Select Committees (Department for Environment, Transport and the Regions, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, Department for Communities and Local Government.) His political interests include economic policy, local and regional government and housing. He is chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Arms Length Management Organisations. Clive is also chair of the Netherlands Group in Parliament.
Clive can frequently be found in the stands at Sheffield Wednesday FC and is Captain of the UK Parliament football club.