MPs from Hastings make Who’s Who

Simonl Kirby
Simonl Kirby

THEY were both born at Hastings, both became Conservative MPs this year and now Simon Kirby and Daniel Byles have both entered Who’s Who for the first time.

Mr Kirby, 46, who was born at Hastings in 1964 and who was educated at Hastings Grammar School, became MP for Brighton Kemptown earlier this year, while Daniel Byles, 36, who was born at Hastings in 1974, became MP for North Warwickshire earlier this year.

Daniel Byles

Daniel Byles

Now they are among the one thousand new entries in the newly-published 2011 edition of Who’s Who and other new names in the book include The X Factor’s Brighton-born star, Simon Cowell, Oscar-winning film director Danny “Slumdog Millionaire” Boyle, News At Ten newsreader,Julie Etchingham and Brighton -based cookery writer,Marguerite Patten.

Inclusion in Who’s Who - a world-famous reference book containing potted biographies of 33,000 of some of the most renowned, most talented and most influential people in Britain and elsewhere - is by invitation only, so this is an accolade for all the newcomers.

Everyone in Who’s Who - with the possible exception of the fugitive peer Lord Lucan, who vanished in November 1974, but who will remain in Who’s Who until he is officially declared dead - is invited to compile his or her own entry, so entries can be as long or as short as celebrities wish.

Mr Kirby sums up his life in just six lines, while Mr Byles squeezes everything into 10 lines, which is one less than the eleven line entry of prime minister David Cameron and three fewer than the thirteen line entry of US President Barack Obama.

In his entry, Mr Kirby proudly mentions his Hastings birthplace and education at Hastings Grammar School. He also mentions his wife Elizabeth and their six children.But he does not mention his parents ,although everyone in Who’s Who is invited to do so.

He lists no recreations.

In his entry, Mr Byles also mentions his Hastings birthplace and does mention his parents’ names and his wife, Prashanthi Reddy. He lists his recreations as: writing,reading,sub-aqua,expeditions,sailing.

Mr Kirby, Mr Byles, Simon Cowell and all the others will now remain in Who’s Who until they die, when they will be automatically transferred to Who Was Who.

The two Hastings-born MPs join a glittering array of Hastings-based figures already in Who’s Who and they are: Maggie Alderson,journalist and novelist; Andrew Colquhoun, chairman ,National Horticultural Forum; Ann Coulson, chairman, Leamington Hastings Consolidated Charity; Gus Cummins, artist and Royal Academician; Edward Gallagher, chairman, Renewable Fuels Agency; Judge Keith Hollis, a circuit judge; Arthur Hollman, consultant cardiologist, East Sussex Hospitals; Professor Michael Hunter, professor of history, Birkbeck College, London; Craig Sams, president, Green & Black’s since 1999; Richard Shone, editor, The Burlington Magazine

The 2011 edition of Who’s Who is published by A & C Black at £200.