Thruxton Parish Council
Member of Parliament
Kit Malthouse MP
Born in Liverpool in 1966, Kit attended Sudley County Primary school and then Liverpool College before studying Politics and Economics at Newcastle University. He was active in student journalism and theatre, working as Features Editor for The Courier and appearing onstage at the Newcastle Playhouse.
After he graduated, Kit moved to London and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte & Touche. He then turned his sights on business, getting involved in a number of startups including County Finance Group where he is still Chairman and majority shareholder.
In 1998 Kit made good on a longstanding passion for politics by running for Westminster Council. He won and within three years was elected Deputy Leader and Cabinet member for Finance, handling a budget of more than £1 billion. In partnership with the late Sir Simon Milton, who was leader of the Council, he helped take Westminster to the top of the local government league tables with the lowest council tax in the country.
In 2006 Kit stood down from the Council and in May 2008 he was elected to the London Assembly for the seat of West Central, which comprises the boroughs of Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea and Hammersmith & Fulham.Boris Johnson asked Kit to lead the fight on crime, Boris’s top priority, and appointed him Deputy Mayor for Policing.
During his time at the Met, Kit brought a renewed vigour and focus to crime fighting with a particular emphasis on combatting the alarming rise in youth violence, and violence against women, quadrupling the number of Rape Crisis Centres in London. By 2012, the number of youth murders had halved and overall the number of homicides was at an historic low. Crime had fallen over 10%.
When he was re-elected in 2012, Boris asked Kit to tackle jobs and growth, the number one priority for his second mayoral term, and he appointed Kit Deputy Mayor for Business & Enterprise. In that capacity Kit was vice chair of the London Enterprise Panel, which is chaired by the mayor, and chair ofLondon & Partners, the promotional agency for the city. On his departure employment levels in the capital were at the highest level ever and London had been successfully positioned as the science and tech centre of Europe. London had also been named the most visited city on the planet and the leading city for foreign direct investment.
Kit stood down as Deputy Mayor in March 2015 following his selection in the previous July from a large field to succeed Sir George Young MP as the conservative candidate for North West Hampshire in the general election set for May 7th 2015.
Once the votes were counted, Kit was declared the winner and new Member of Parliament for North West Hampshire. He won the support of 32,052 voters, representing 58.1% of those voting and had a 23,943 majority over the second placed candidate.
Kit is married with three children and has a home in Abbotts Ann. In what spare time he has he likes to garden, read, write, watch modern dance and force himself into the gym.