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Peter Hain's hobbies and leisure activities include motorsport, rugby football, soccer, cricket and music.

Motorsport

Examination of the MPs Register of Financial Interests reveals the following declarations:

  • 30 June 2013 - Two tickets for British Grand Prix    Value £980 (RAC Motor Sports Association)
  • 7-8 July 2012 - Two tickets for British Grand Prix    Value £962 (RAC Motor Sports Association)
  • 9-10 July 2011 - Two tickets for British Grand Prix   Value £782 (Motor Sports Association)
  • 10-11 July 2010 - Five tickets for British Grand Prix   Value £1955 (Motor Sports Association)
  • 20-21 June 2009 - Hospitality from Motor Sports Association at British Grand Prix
  •  5-6 July 2008 - Hospitality from Motor Sports Association at British Grand Prix
  • 7-8 July 2007 - Hospitality from Motor Sports Association at British Grand Prix
  • 10-11 June 2006, attendance at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone at the invitation of the Motorsport Association
  • 9-10 July 2005, travel to and attendance at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone at the invitation of the Motorsport Association.
  • 21-22 May 2005, travel to and attendance at the Monaco Grand Prix at the invitation of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile and the Automobile Club de Monaco. (Registered 26 May 2005)
  • 10-11 July 2004, travel to and attendance at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone at the invitation of the Motorsport Association and Williams Grand Prix Engineering
  • 19-20 July 2003, travel to and attendance at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone at the invitation of the Motorsport Association and Williams Grand Prix Engineering
  • 24-26 May 2002, travel to and attendance at the Monaco Grand Prix at the invitation of the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile and the Automobile Club de Monaco
  • 23-25 November 2001, to attend the Network Q Rally, Wales, at the invitation of the Motor Sports Association and the Motorsport Industry Association
  • 2 September 2001, hospitality at the Belgian Grand Prix provided by the Belgian Automobile Club
  • 16 September 2001, hospitality at the Italian Grand Prix, Monza, provided by the Automobile Club Italia
  • 22-23 April 2000, to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone at the invitation of the Motorsport Association and Williams Grand Prix Engineering
  • 24-26 November 2000, to attend the Network Q Rally, Wales, at the invitation of the Motor Sports Association
  • 20 June 1999, training and entry to Lords v. Commons Charity Race provided by Vauxhall Motors Ltd and Jim Russell Racing Drivers School, to raise money for charity
  • 10-11 July 1999, to Silverstone at the invitation of the Motorsport Association
  • 21-22 November 1999, attended the Network Q Rally, Wales, at the invitation of Vauxhall Motors Limited
  • 11-12 September 1999, to Italy to attend Italian Grand Prix at the invitation of Williams Grand Prix Racing and the Italian Automobile Club
  • Training and provision of RACMSA Competition Licence, and entry in the House of Commons versus the House of Lords Motor Race at Donington Park in May 1998 provided by Jim Russell Racing Drivers' School and Motorsport Industry Association
  • 11-12 July 1998, attended the British Grand Prix at Silverstone at the invitation of the Royal Automobile Club


It would seem that for as far back as records go (17 years) Mr Hain has benefited every year from corporate hospitality with regard to the motor sports industry. This has predominantly been attendance at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone but has also included numerous sponsored trips to Grand Prix abroad, including Monaco, Italy and Belgium.

http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2003/mar/03/formulaone.formulaone200313

According to the Daily Mail (link below) Peter Hain was the personal guest of Max Mosely at the Monaco Grand Prix in 2005.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1016628/A-man-shame-How-sex-scandal-F1-boss-Max-Mosley-paint-injured-party.html

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He attended Silverstone again in 2014 with the following being recorded in the Register of Financial Interests.

Name of donor: The Royal Automobile Club Motor Sports Association
Address of donor: Motor Sports House, 1 Riverside Park, Colnbrook SLG 0HK
Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: two tickets for British Grand Prix 6 July 2014, value £962
Date of receipt of donation: 6 July 2014
Date of acceptance of donation: 6 July 2014
Donor status: company, registration 1344829
(Registered 21 July 2014)

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When donors to Peter Hain's Deputy Leadership bid were finally published, one of the donors was Patrick Head who gave £2,000 to the Hain campaign. Patrick Head was co-founder of the Williams Formula One team and was their technical director for over 25 years. He resigned from the Williams team in 2012.

http://www.motorsportmumblings.co.uk/msm/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=10106&start=0

http://www.britsonpole.com/f1-head-named-in-hain-donations-scandal-post305
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Early Day Motions relating to Motorsport

Peter Hain has in the past signed in support of Early Day Motions in Parliament relating to motorsport.

In 2007/2008 he signed an EDM praising Lewis Hamilton for becoming Formula One World Champion.

In 2012/2013 he was one of 16 signatories to an EDM supporting National Motorsports Week.

In 2013/2014 he did not sign EDM 1194 which opposed the Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix for 2014 being held there on account of the human rights violations within that country.

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Peter Hain regularly "tweets" in support of British successes in Formula 1. He has presented awards to racing drivers at Silverstone on several occasions, and his MP's website contains photographs of such events.

http://peterhain.org.uk/2014/07/gp2-race-at-silverstone/

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Peter Hain also attended sporting occasions in his capacity as a Secretary of State or Minister, these though at the expense of the taxpayer rather than a corporate sponsor:

http://seren.blogspirit.com/tag/Peter+Hain
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Rugby football

Hain is the President of Neath RFC having previously been its Vice President.
He is also the President of Resolven RFC.
He is a keen Ospreys supporter as well.

Soccer

Hain was the President of Neath FC, which was wound up at the High Court on 28 May 2012.

He is a keen supporter of Chelsea FC and has been since he was a young man. He has tweeted that he did not think a court case should have been brought against John Terry for allegedly racially abusing an opponent on the football field.

WARNING - THE LINK BELOW CONTAINS REFERENCES TO THE ACTUAL WORDS ALLEGEDLY USED BY JOHN TERRY. DO NOT OPEN THE LINK IF EASILY OFFENDED

https://twitter.com/PeterHain/status/223773935697797122

The MPs Register of Interests reveals he has accepted hospitality from SKY Sports to attend Chelsea Football Club for some of Chelsea's home matches.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/wales/6264095.stm

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In May 2012, when Chelsea won the Champions League Cup, Peter Hain called for Frank Lampard to get an OBE for his service to football.

He said: “That would be a fitting tribute not just to the great triumph at Munich which he led but also to a long and distinguished career of high class football played with flair and respect.”

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Cricket

Hain is a Patron of Ynysygerwn Cricket Club.

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Music

He is a fan of the Manic Street Preachers, Snow Patrol and Coldplay

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2001/feb/19/cuba.oliverburkeman

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/hains-a-snow-patrol-fan-2292653

It is not known if Peter Hain's views on Gibraltar had anything to do with three Gibraltar pop bands being denied a gig in Council premises in Neath.
 

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/1910159.stm

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Updated 06/08/14
 




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