Matt Carter (politician)

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Matt Carter
General Secretary of the Labour Party
In office
January 2004 – September 2005
Leader Gordon Brown
Ed Miliband
Preceded by David Triesman
Succeeded by Peter Watt
Personal details
Born (1972-03-22) 22 March 1972 (age 50)
Political party Labour
Alma mater
Occupation Academic, political operative, communications consultant

Matthew John Carter (born 22 March 1972) is a former General Secretary of the British Labour Party, and now works in the public relations and communications consultancy industry.

Born near Grimsby, Carter studied at Sheffield University and the University of York, and has a DPhil in Political History.

Carter was tutor in the Department of Politics at the University of York from 1994. He subsequently held a number of jobs in the Labour Party, including head of policy, local organiser for Teesside and Durham and regional organiser in South West England during the 2001 general election.[1] As Assistant General Secretary, he set up Forethought, a policy think tank within the Party.[2][3]

In 1997, Carter was a member of Labour's National Policy Forum and parliamentary candidate for the Vale of York. Matt Carter is Labour’s youngest General Secretary, appointed to the job aged 31 in December 2003.[2] He took up office on 1 January 2004 succeeding David Triesman,[2] and announced his resignation on 6 September 2005, following the 2005 general election victory.[4]

While General Secretary, Carter organised the legal aspects of large loans from individuals to the Labour Party that were central to the Cash for Honours political scandal,[5][6] while the elected Treasurer, Jack Dromey, was not informed about them.[7]

Carter has written The People's Party: the History of the Labour Party with Tony Wright (1997) and T.H. Green and the Development of Ethical Socialism (2003).

In January 2010 Carter became CEO of B-M UK, a leading public relations and communications consultancy, part of Young & Rubicam Brands, a subsidiary of WPP.[8][9] He set up and ran the Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA) office of Penn, Schoen and Berland.[10][11] In 2013 he founded Message House, a communications consultancy.[10]

Matt Carter married Erica Moffitt in 1997 and has three children.[1]


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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Tom Happold (16 December 2003). "Labour gets Carter for general secretary". The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-06-14.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Upfront News - Forethought". Progress. 17 December 2002. Retrieved 28 January 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Top Labour official leaves post". BBC News. 2005-09-06. Retrieved 2010-06-14.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Rajeev Syal (24 March 2006). "Your secret loan can stay secret, Labour Party donors were told". The Times. Retrieved 2010-06-14.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Brown, Colin (25 March 2006). "Developer's tower block approved after £200,000 donation to Labour". The Independent. London. Archived from the original on 4 February 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Labour loans to be investigated". BBC. 16 March 2006. Retrieved 28 January 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Burson-Marsteller EMEA". Retrieved 2010-06-14.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "Matt Carter becomes new CEO of Burson-Marsteller UK". WPP. Retrieved 2010-06-14.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Matt Carter". Message House. Retrieved 28 January 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "Penn Schoen Berland - Dr. Matt Carter". Retrieved 2010-06-14.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
Party political offices
Preceded by
David Triesman
General Secretary of the Labour Party
Succeeded by
Peter Watt