Leeds MPs

HAMPSON, Keith (born 1943) Conservative. Lecturer.

He became the personal assistant to Edward Heath in 1966 and in 1974 stood successfully for Ripon. When the constituency was abolished, he was selected to stand for the safe Conservative seat of Leeds North West. In the Conservative landslide of 1983 he increased the Tory majority from 6,214 to 8,537. He was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to Defence Secretary, Michael Heseltine but was forced to resign the position in 1984 after an incident in a gay Soho nightclub. When Heseltine ran for the party leadership in 1990, Hampson and Michael Mates ran his campaign. Hampson was re-elected in 1987 and 1992. From 1987–1997 he sat on the Trade and Industry Committee. However a 10.3% swing in the Labour landslide of 1997 saw one of the shock results when the Hampson was beaten and the Conservatives lost a seat they had held consistently since its inception in 1950. For further reading see http://www.worldlibrary.org; M. Parris, Great Parliamentary Scandals (1997).