Derek Wyatt MP
Derek Wyatt MP has represented Sittingbourne and Sheppey in North Kent since May 1997, having previously been a councillor in the borough of Haringey. Before being elected as an MP, Derek was Director of The Computer Channel at BSkyB and travelled extensively throughout America from mid 1995 to research the internet and to assess its impact. Derek is a leading Parliamentary campaigner on internet-related issues. On arriving at Westminster he formed the All Party Internet Group (APIG) and has been its Chairman ever since. APIG has won an award for its report on data retention and in 2003 launched a global spam summit. Derek has also led several APIG visits to Washington DC to discuss internet issues with US politicians, government officials and industry representatives.Derek is additionally, Vice-chair of the All-Party Mobile Communications Group and the All Party Media Group. In 2000, he was instrumental in founding the Oxford Internet Institute. In the past year he has presented a Ten Minute Rule Bill on amendments to the Computer Misuse Act and has initiated work on the Creative Commons, a not for profit licensing system.