Alan Keen: MP known for his passion for football
Tuesday 15 November 2011
Alan Keen, who has died after a heroic fight against cancer, was the Member of Parliament for Feltham and Heston for more than 19 years since his election in 1992, when he wonthe seat from the Conservatives. Alan was a great MP, locally popular, diligent, and a great fighter for local causes. And he willbe remembered also as the MP who spoke up for sports, and especially football, more than anyone in the House of Commons.
In Parliament he was football's greatest champion and its greatest fan. In the Commons he did everything he could to open up the game to grassroots supporters. He also chaired the All Party Athletics Committee in the Commons.
Alan Keen was born in London but brought up in the Grangetown and Redcar area of the North-east of England, attending Sir William Turner's Grammar School in Redcar. He served in the Army for three years before joining the Fire Protection Industry.
He was a great footballer in his own right and a scout for his favourite club, Middlesbrough FC, for 18 years working with the then manager, Jackie Charlton. Among the footballers he spotted was Graeme Souness. The All Party Football Committee he chaired had 150 members, making it one of the largest all-party groups in Parliament, and he also headed two major enquiries into the condition of football in the country.
His road to Parliament startedwhen he served as a member of Hounslow Borough Council from 1986–90. He then unseated the sitting Conservative MP in 1992 and served on boththe Education Committee, from 1995–96, and the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committees (1997–99 and since 2001).
As Alan always said, serving thepeople of all his communities –Heston, Cranford, Hounslow West,Bedfont, Feltham and Hanworth – was his primary duty supporting all the different and diverse groups in his constituency. He held regular advice surgeries and was assiduous and conscientious at all times in speaking up for local needs.
I salute his bravery in facing cancer – fighting it as long as he could. Hewill long be remembered by all those who knew him as someone who taught us how to face illness. As Alan wasthe first to acknowledge, the NHScould not have done more to be of help and support.
Alan's wife, who he married in 1980, was Ann Keen, who served as the Labour MP for Brentford and Isleworth from 1997 until 2010.
David Alan Keen, politician and football scout: born London 25 November 1937; Member (Labour), Hounslow Borough Council 1986–90; MP (Labour and Co-op) Feltham and Heston 1992-; Member, Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport, 1997–; Chairman, All Party Football Group, from 2001; one son, one daughter; married 1980 Ann Lloyd (one stepson); died 10 November 2011.
- 1 The Boy in the Dress, TV review: David Walliams' Boxing Day treat is a celebration of being different
- 2 Exclusive: Abusers using spyware apps to monitor partners reaches 'epidemic proportions'
- 3 Andy Murray takes to Twitter to show off his Christmas jumper
- 4 Katie Hopkins speaks out on childhood obesity: 'Parents of fat children should be prosecuted for child cruelty'
- 5 Top 10 travel destinations for 2015: From Haiti and Alaska to Namibia and Iceland
PlayStation and Xbox hacked by Lizard Squad
Exclusive: Abusers using spyware apps to monitor partners reaches 'epidemic proportions'
Dublin court rules brain-dead pregnant mother's life support can be switched off
Margaret Thatcher 'expressed fears of Asian rising' at Anglo-Irish summit in 1984
The 'Black Museum': After 150 years, public set to see exhibits from police’s grisly crime museum
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
BBC director Danny Cohen: Rising UK antisemitism makes me feel more uncomfortable than ever
Katie Hopkins speaks out on childhood obesity: 'Parents of fat children should be prosecuted for child cruelty'
Not specified: Selby Jennings: VP/SVP Credit Quant Top tier investment bank i...
£40000 - £43000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: Senior Marketing Executiv...
£40000 - £43000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: An international organisa...
£25000 - £30000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Internal Recruiter -Rugby, Warwicksh...