Minister of State for Policing, Criminal Justice and Victims

The Rt Hon Mike Penning

Biography

The Rt Hon Mike Penning MP was appointed Minister of State at the Home Office and Minister of State at the Ministry of Justice on 15 July 2014. He was elected Conservative MP for Hemel Hempstead in 2005.

Education

Mike was educated at Appleton and King Edmund Comprehensive Schools in Essex and studied at Reading University.

Political career

  • MP for Hemel Hempstead 2005 to present
  • Member, Health Committee 2005 to 2008
  • Shadow Minister for Health 2007 to 2010
  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport 2010 to 2012
  • Minister of State for Northern Ireland September 2012
  • Minister of State for Disabled People 2013 to 2014

Career outside politics

After school he joined the British army and served in the Grenadier Guards. He then worked as a firefighter before going into the family business. He later worked as a political journalist.

Personal life

He is married to Angela and has 2 daughters. He is passionate about sport, especially rugby union and football.

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    Ministerial departments

    1. Home Office
    2. Ministry of Justice

    Minister of State for Policing, Criminal Justice and Victims

    • Criminal justice system reform, reporting jointly to the Justice Secretary and Home Secretary
    • Strategic oversight of the criminal justice system and joint working between CJS agencies
    • Victims
    • Criminal injuries compensation
    • Criminal law and procedure
    • Sentencing policy
    • Review of driving offences and penalties
    • Sponsorship of the Criminal Cases Review Commission
    • Mike Penning also has a range of Home Office responsibilities, including Policing and child online protection

    Previous roles in government

    1. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport

      • 2010 to 2012
    2. Minister of State at the Northern Ireland Office

      • 2012 to 2013
    3. Minister of State for Disabled People

      • 2013 to 2014

    Policies

    1. Violence against women and girls

      • 8 March 2014
    2. Crime prevention

      • 7 October 2013
    3. Family justice system

      • 14 June 2013
    4. Sentencing reform

      • 15 May 2013
    5. Victims of crime

      • 15 May 2013
    6. Criminal justice reform

      • 9 April 2013
    7. Justice system transparency

      • 9 April 2013
    8. Policing

      • 26 March 2013

    Announcements

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    1. Home Office rewards police innovation

      • 26 March 2015
      • News story
    2. Home Office publishes draft Riot Compensation Bill

      • 12 March 2015
      • News story
    3. Unlimited fines for serious offences

      • 12 March 2015
      • News story
    4. Online tracking service launched for victims of crime

      • 29 January 2015
      • Press release
    5. Emergency services network contract removed

      • 14 January 2015
      • News story
    6. New support for male rape and sexual violence victims

      • 11 December 2014
      • Press release
    7. £45,000 new funding for victims to use restorative justice

      • 21 November 2014
      • Press release
    8. Policing Minister visits Police Treatment Centre

      • 18 November 2014
      • News story
    9. Vulnerable girls to be protected from FGM

      • 20 October 2014
      • Press release
    10. Child sexual abuse (Global Alliance commitment)

      • 20 October 2014
      • Statement to Parliament