Minister for Policing, Fire and Criminal Justice and Victims

The Rt Hon Mike Penning MP

Biography

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

Previously Mike was:

  • 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 Mike 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 for Policing, Fire and Criminal Justice and Victims

Responsibilities

Ministry of Justice:

  • victims and witnesses policy (including sponsorship of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority)
  • chair of victims panel
  • criminal justice system reform
  • out-of-court disposals
  • criminal law
  • criminal courts procedure
  • veterans review
  • restorative justice
  • miscarriages of justice (including sponsorship of the Criminal Cases Review Commission)

Home Office:

  • crime statistics
  • crime prevention and fighting crime
  • firearms licensing policy
  • public order
  • police funding, pay and pensions
  • police technology
  • IPCC
  • police reform and governance
  • national fire policy including fire safety
  • national fire resilience
  • fire funding, pay and pensions

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

Announcements

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  1. Legislation to allow Police and Crime Commissioners to take responsibility for their local fire service

    • News story
  2. Fire Minister urges households to test smoke alarms

    • Press release
  3. Changes to Police and Crime Commissioners complaints system

    • News story
  4. Addressing the needs of ex-armed services personnel in the criminal justice system

    • Statement to Parliament
  5. Final contracts for new emergency services network are signed

    • News story
  6. New psychoactive substance banned under temporary power

    • News story
  7. Police Innovation Fund 2016/17

    • News story
  8. Proposals for further emergency services collaboration announced

    • News story
  9. First contract for new emergency services network awarded

    • News story
  10. Minister for Policing launches consultation on police funding reform in England and Wales

    • News story