Lord Hutton has been a Member of the Upper House since 2010 following a successful 18 year career as the Labour Member of Parliament for Barrow and Furness. During this time, he held a number of ministerial positions including Secretary of State for Work and Pensions from 2005-07, Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform from 2007-08, and Secretary of State for Defence from 2008-09.
Lord Hutton was appointed Chair of the Nuclear Industry Council in 2013. He was invited by the coalition government to Chair a Commission on public service pensions, with its final report being published in 2011.
Lord Hutton was educated at Magdalen College, Oxford and has three sons and a daughter.