Minister of State (Minister for Policing, Crime and Criminal Justice and Victims)

The Rt Hon Mike Penning MP

Biography

The Rt Hon Mike Penning 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

  • Elected MP for Hemel Hempstead 2005
  • 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.

Minister of State (Minister for Policing, Crime and Criminal Justice and Victims)

  • criminal justice system reform
  • victims and witnesses policy (including criminal injuries compensation)
  • out-of-court disposals
  • criminal law and procedure
  • Veterans Review
  • restorative justice
  • sponsorship of the Criminal Cases Review Commission

Previous roles in government

  1. Minister of State for Disabled People

    • 2013 to 2014
  2. Minister of State at the Northern Ireland Office

    • 2012 to 2013
  3. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport

    • 2010 to 2012

Policies

  1. Family justice system
  2. Crime prevention
  3. Criminal justice reform
  4. Justice system transparency
  5. Policing
  6. Sentencing reform
  7. Victims of crime
  8. Violence against women and girls

Announcements

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  1. Two new "legal highs" to be banned under temporary order

    • 27 June 2015
    • News story
  2. Blanket ban to clamp down on 'legal highs'

    • 29 May 2015
    • News story
  3. Home Office rewards police innovation

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

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

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

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

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

    • 11 December 2014
    • Press release
  9. £45,000 new funding for victims to use restorative justice

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

    • 18 November 2014
    • News story