Kinnock was born in March 1942, the son of Gordon Kinnock, labourer, and Mary Kinnock (née Howells), nurse. He was educated at University College, Cardiff, 1963-7, and married Glenys Elizabeth Parry in 1967.
Kinnock was a Tutor Organiser in Industrial and Trade Union Studies, Workers' Educational Association, 1966-70; Member, Welsh Hospital Board, 1969-71. He served as Labour MP for Bedwellty, 1970-83, (later) Islwyn, 1983-95. He was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Employment, 1974-75, and Chief Opposition spokesman on Education, 1979-83.
He was Leader of the [Opposition] Labour Party, 1983-92, and fought two unsuccessful general election campaigns in 1987 and 1992 as Party Leader.
He was also a member of the Labour Party's National Executive Committee, 1978-94 (Chairman, 1987-88) and the Parliamentary Committee of the Parliamentary Labour Party, 1979-92. Subsequently he was Chairman of the International Committee, Labour Party, 1993-94, and a European Commissioner from 1995 and a Vice President of the European Commission from 1999.
He published "Making Our Way", 1986, and "Thorns and Roses", 1992.
Papers relating to a television programme and a biography on Neil Kinnock.
Section 1 was deposited by Edward Morgan in 1993, while section 2 was deposited by Dr Martin Westlake in 2002.
The material and papers in "Kinnock Associated" are an adjunct to the papers of Neil Kinnock. The distinction between the two collections is that Neil Kinnock's own papers were generated, compiled, collected or received by Neil Kinnock himself as a result of the positions he held or his actions or activities. The material in "Kinnock Associated" relate to Neil Kinnock but were not created by him or deposited at Churchill Archives Centre by Neil Kinnock. For this reason they have been kept separate from Neil Kinnock's papers.
The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge. Churchill Archives Centre is open from Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm. A prior appointment and two forms of identification are required.
Researchers wishing to publish excerpts from the papers must obtain prior permission from the copyright holders and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.
Please cite as Churchill Archives Centre, Kinnock Associated Papers, KNNK AS
Neil Kinnock's own papers are also held at Churchill Archives Centre, GBR/0014/KNNK.
A copy of this finding aid is available for consultation at Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge, at the National Register of Archives, London, and on the Janus website, http://janus.lib.cam.ac.uk/.
This finding aid was prepared by Katharine Thomson of Churchill Archives Centre in August 2005 from an existing catalogue.