Richard George Caborn (born 6 October 1943) is a British Labour Party politician, who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Sheffield Central from 1983 to 2010. Caborn was a member of the government for ten years, serving as the Minister of Sport from 2001 to 2007. He was later appointed by Gordon Brown as the Prime Minister's Ambassador for England's 2018 World Cup Bid.
|Minister for Sport|
7 June 2001 – 28 June 2007
|Prime Minister||Tony Blair|
|Preceded by||Kate Hoey|
|Succeeded by||Gerry Sutcliffe|
|Minister for Trade|
20 October 1999 – 7 June 2001
|Prime Minister||Tony Blair|
|Preceded by||Stephen Byers|
|Succeeded by||Patricia Hewitt|
|Minister for the Environment|
2 May 1997 – 20 October 1999
|Prime Minister||Tony Blair|
|Preceded by||John Gummer|
|Succeeded by||Nick Raynsford|
|Member of Parliament |
for Sheffield Central
10 June 1983 – 12 April 2010
|Preceded by||Constituency Created|
|Succeeded by||Paul Blomfield|
|Member of the European Parliament |
7 June 1979 – 14 June 1984
|Preceded by||Constituency Created|
|Succeeded by||Bob Cryer|
Richard George Caborn
6 October 1943
Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England
|Alma mater||Sheffield Polytechnic|
|Occupation||Member of Parliament|
Richard Caborn was born in Sheffield and was educated at the Hurlfield Secondary Modern Boys School until 1958 (now Sheffield Springs Academy) on East Bank Road, Intake in Sheffield; Granville College of Further Education (now Castle College, part of Sheffield College); and Sheffield Polytechnic (now Sheffield Hallam University), where he qualified as an engineer. He began an engineering apprenticeship in 1959 and became a convenor of shop stewards at Firth Brown in 1967 where he worked as a fitter. He was elected as the Vice-President of Sheffield Trades Council between 1968–1979. He became a governor of the BBC for three years in 1975. He is a member of the Co-operative Party and of Amicus (formerly AEEU).
In 1979, he was elected as a Member of the European Parliament for Sheffield, where he remained until 1984. He contested the new parliamentary seat of Sheffield Central at the 1983 general election, following the decision to retire of the Labour MP for Sheffield Park and former Cabinet member Fred Mulley, and was elected somewhat easily with a majority of 16,790, and remained the MP there until 2010.
Caborn joined the frontbench under Neil Kinnock in 1988 when he became an opposition spokesman on Trade and Industry, becoming a spokesman of Regional Affairs in 1990. After the 1992 general election he became the chairman of the Trade and Industry Select Committee where he served until 1995 when he became an opposition spokesman on the Lord Chancellor's Department. Following Labour's return to power at the 1997 general election, he entered the government of Tony Blair as the Minister of State at the Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions, in which role he was closely involved in establishing the English Regional Development Agencies. He was also a strong supporter of English regional government, but after negative responses from referendums in the north of England in 2004 this was dropped by government. He then moved with the same position at the Department of Trade and Industry in 1999. He became a Member of the Privy Council in 1999, and from the 2001 general election until 2007 he served as the Minister of Sport. In relation to the Wembley Stadium rebuilding project, he announced in October 2005: "They say the Cup Final will be there, barring six feet of snow or something like that".
Caborn was seen as a close ally of John Prescott, running his campaigns for the deputy leadership of the Labour Party in 1992 (whilst supporting Bryan Gould for leader). He also ran Prescott's campaign for both deputy and leader in 1994. He is a former Bennite, and was very active on South Africa issues, being pro-Mandela and anti-apartheid; he ran concerts in support of the African National Congress. He was an active supporter of Arthur Scargill during the 1984–1985 miners' strike.
On 28 June 2007, it was announced he would step down as Minister for Sport to become an ambassador for Britain's possible 2018 World Cup bid. In this role he will oversee the appointment of the bid's senior team and liaise between ministers and the Football Association. He will also play a key role in lobbying FIFA.
Caborn is a director of Nuclear Management Partners, which manages the Sellafield nuclear complex, a consultant to AMEC, a construction firm in the nuclear industry, and also a consultant to the Fitness Industry Association. In March 2010 he faced accusations in The Sunday Times linking him to the "Lobbygate" affair.
On 9 December 2010, Geoff Hoon along with Stephen Byers and Richard Caborn were banned from Parliament. The Standards and Privileges Committee banned Geoff Hoon for a minimum of five years as his was the most serious breach, whilst Byers received two years and Caborn six months.
During his time as Minister of Sport, he ran in many marathons and fun runs. He has been married to Margaret Hayes since 21 May 1966, and they have a son and a daughter. He enjoys a round of golf to relax and he is an avid supporter of Sheffield United football club.
| Member of the European Parliament for Sheffield
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
| Member of Parliament for Sheffield Central
| Minister for the Environment
| Minister for Trade
| Minister for Sport
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