Toby Perkins is Labour’s Member of Parliament for Chesterfield. Toby was elected on Thursday 6th May 2010, after two and a half years of campaigning for Labour to take the seat from the Liberal Democrats. The victory for Toby Perkins and the Labour Party in Chesterfield was one of the most sensational anywhere in the country, with Labour defying a national trend to win back Chesterfield with a 3.9% swing.
Toby’s campaign majored on the need to get more jobs into Chesterfield and to protect key public services. After the election result led to a new Conservative and Lib Dem coalition government, the need for strong action to protect local jobs and services is more urgent than ever before.
As Labour’s MP, I will be holding regular surgeries, in Chesterfield and Staveley. If you are a constituent of mine in Chesterfield, then please telephone the office on 01246 386286 or email or write to us.
Toby Perkins was born on 12th August 1970. His Father VF Perkins is still a University lecturer at Warwick University and his Mother Teresa Perkins lectured at Sheffield Hallam University until her death in 2005. His Great Grandfather, the playwright Sir AP Herbert, was the last MP for Oxford University before his seat was abolished by Clement Attlee‘s Labour Government!
Toby attended Trinity School, Leamington Spa, and Silverdale School in Sheffield, before leaving at the age of 17 to start on a YTS scheme for a Sheffield computer firm.
In 1991 at the age of 20 Toby first came to Chesterfield to work for CCS Media in IT Sales.
He was married to Susan Beverley Francis at Chesterfield Parish Church (aka the Crooked Spire) in 1996. They have two children Lewis (born 1998) and Chloe (2003).
Toby worked in the Recruitment industry for eight years before, in 2004 launching the Rugby clothing company Club Rugby. The company will now be run by his wife, whilst it is prepared for sale.
In 2003 Toby was elected to Chesterfield Borough Council as Councillor for the Rother Ward and re-elected in 2007. On election to the parliament in May 2010, he wrote to the Borough Council to inform them that he no longer wished to receive a Councillors allowance.
Toby is involved in local campaigns to oppose a waste incinerator in Dunston and an asbestos transfer station in Old Whittington.