Clive Betts

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Clive Betts
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Chairman of the Communities and Local Government Select Committee
Assumed office
10 June 2010
Preceded by Phyllis Starkey
Member of Parliament
for Sheffield South East
Sheffield Attercliffe (1992–2010)
Assumed office
9 April 1992
Preceded by Patrick Duffy
Majority 11,798 (27.0%)
Leader of Sheffield City Council
In office
1 January 1987 – 1 January 1992
Preceded by David Blunkett
Succeeded by Mike Bower
Personal details
Born (1950-01-13) 13 January 1950 (age 70)

Clive James Charles Betts (born 13 January 1950) was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Sheffield Attercliffe from 1992 to 2010, later becoming the became Member of Parliament for Sheffield South East.

Parliamentary career

He was selected to contest the safe Labour seat of Sheffield Attercliffe following the retirement of the veteran Labour MP Patrick Duffy. At the 1992 general election, Betts was elected with a large majority, and made his maiden speech on 6 May 1992.

Betts was made an opposition whip under Tony Blair in 1996, and after the 1997 general election, he entered the government as an Assistant Whip. He was promoted in 1998 to full Whip, with the title of Lord Commissioner to the Treasury, but like the majority of whips at that time was dropped from the government after the 2001 general election.

Betts is a previous member of the former Office of the Deputy Prime Minister Select Committee. Since the 2005 general election he has also been a member of the Finance and Services Committee. Since 10 June 2010 he has been Chairman of the Communities and Local Government Committee, and on 19 June 2015 was returned unopposed as its chairman.