Stephen Nathan Kinnock (born 1 January 1970) is a British Labour Party politician who was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Aberavon at the United Kingdom general election, 2015. His wife is the Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt.
He was previously an executive who held various senior positions with the British Council prior to joining the World Economic Forum in January 2009 as director, head of Europe and Central Asia. On the Xyntéo website he is listed as "managing director of the GLTE partnership".
Stephen Kinnock describes himself as from a "Labour and Trade Union family". That is, he is the son of Neil Kinnock, former leader of the Labour Party and ex-chair of the British Council, and Glenys Kinnock, a former Labour Member of the European Parliament and Minister of State (2009–10) at the UK Foreign Office.
After attending Drayton Manor High School, and having achieved a degree in Modern Languages from Queens' College, Cambridge, and an MA from the College of Europe in Bruges in 1993, Stephen Kinnock worked as a research assistant at the European Parliament in Brussels before becoming a British Council Development and Training Services executive based in Brussels from 1997.
In August 2012 he took up a position at Xyntéo in London, a business advisory company that helps global businesses go beyond the green basics and reinvent the way they grow. Kinnock is managing director of the "Global Leadership and Technology Exchange", a partnership which aims to bring together some of the world's leading businesses to discuss and act upon routes that can be taken to bring about resource-efficient growth.
He has been referred to as a "red prince", being one of several sons of senior Labour Party figures to have been selected for safe seats.
On 7 May 2015 he was elected the Member of Parliament for Aberavon with a majority of 10,445.
Kinnock was born in Tredegar, the son of Welsh politicians Glenys and Neil Kinnock. He has been married to the Prime Minister of Denmark Helle Thorning-Schmidt since 1996. The couple have two daughters.
In June 2010, the Danish tabloid B.T. accused Kinnock of tax evasion. At that time he was paying tax in Switzerland where his workplace was situated, and therefore had his main residence there, although his wife's political website states that "The family lives in Østerbro in Copenhagen". The couple had previously stated to the media that Kinnock would spend his weekends in Denmark, sometimes including Thursday, and that he regarded his home and base as being exclusively with his family in Copenhagen. According to the tabloid, he would possibly exceed 183 days a year in Denmark, meaning he would be fully taxable there. Helle Thorning-Schmidt repudiated the accusations but said the couple would ask the Danish tax authority for an audit. The audit by the Danish Tax & Customs Administration (SKAT) was concluded on 17 September 2010, and in its Official Report SKAT stated that "Mr Kinnock does not have tax liability for 2007, 08, or 09, as he does not reside in this country within the meaning of the Danish Tax at Sources Act".
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- BBC profile of Helle Thorning-Schmidt
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