About Karl

I was born at the Hedon Road Maternity Hospital in 1971 and was taken home by my family to a brand new council house on Swinderby Garth, Bransholme.  We lived there until the mid 1970s when we moved to Sutton Park, where I attended Ferens Primary School, near by on Bransholme. My family then moved again to Wawne Road, Sutton in East Hull in 1979, where I started at Biggin Hill Junior High school.  I have lived in Sutton for the vast majority of my life since then.


At Biggin Hill, I played in the rugby team with my good mate from my school days Nick Pinkney who went on to make us all proud by scoring a try in the 1998 Challenge Cup Final at Wembley and also represented England.  Nick of course ended his professional playing career back in East Hull playing for Hull KR the team he had supported as a lad.


Whilst still at Junior school I was interested in politics and made a speech at a trade union conference pledging to send my pocket money to support the families of striking miners.  From a young age I understood the need for social justice and that this will only be achieved with a Labour Government.


After Biggin Hill Junior High, I attended Bransholme High School between 1984-1987.


After leaving school and completing a YTS with Hull City Council, I eventually became self employed selling antiques and other second hand items.


In the late 1990s I was encouraged to go back into education and enrolled at Hull College to take A-Levels before earning a place at Hull University to study Law. I graduated with a degree in Law from Hull University in 2004.


I progressed to completing my Legal education by obtaining a Bar Vocational Qualification which allowed me to be called to the Bar in 2005 and take the title of Barrister.


The day I was called to the Bar was a proud day for the Turner family. However, I firmly believe that my academic success could not have been achieved without the Labour Governments Life Long Learning Agenda. It has allowed me and many others to get back into education in order to fulfil our potential.


I then joined Max Gold Solicitors from 2005 to 2009. I was then with Wilberforce Chambers in Hull, where I worked as a Barrister.


In 2010 I was honoured to be elected as the Member of Parliament for Hull East and became the first Hull-born MP to represent the constituency since William Wilberforce. It is a great privilege to represent the constituency in which I was born and have lived my whole life. In addition to this my parliamentary interests are poverty, crime, human rights, low income families, and fair access to a good education.   


I have held a number of positions in the Labour Party including Shadow Minister for Legal Aid, Shadow Solicitor General as well as Shadow Attorney General. I am currently serving as Shadow Minister for Shipping, Aviation and Road Safety, as part of the Shadow Transport team. 


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